Grace Perez has advocated against violence against women, particularly in Latina communities, for over 30 years. She helped organize the first Annual Gladys Ricart and Victims of Domestic Violence Memorial Walk in 2001 to remember Gladys Ricart, who was murdered by her abusive former boyfriend on the day she was to marry her fiancé. Each September 26th, hundreds of women and men parade through New York City dressed as brides or in black to mourn and memorialize Ms. Ricart and the many other victims whose lives have been taken through domestic violence. The Walk raises awareness about the devastating effects of this horrific crime on families and communities.
“Violence against women does not discriminate. It is a sad reality in every ethnic group, every religion, and every economic and social class.”