Arte Sana's redesigned Website:
the Milagros of Advocacy
Milagro is a Spanish word for miracle. In the traditional context milagros are small religious folk charms offered to a saint for the purpose of prayer for health and healing. A folk custom in parts of North, Central, and South America, the use of milagros can be traced to ancient communities in Spain. Milagros of the southwest come in many shapes, and they have a traditional and a literal meaning as they can symbolize the wearer's health needs and intentions.
In 2005, Arte Sana used the milagros
concept to identify the milagros of victim advocacy
. Victim advocates contribute to little miracles everyday, and the act of survival despite incredible odds and obstacles in itself represents the greatest miracle of all. As a Latina-led agency that has struggled to survive and participate in sexual violence prevention, Arte Sana's accomplishments in Latin@ advocacy and training modules in Spanish, have been due to ongoing collaborations. Our redesigned website honors the milagro
of victim advocacy and prevention sin fronteras. This will be a work-in-progress for some time, but we hope that the new format will make it easier for visitors to access information.