Senior Clinical Director of Community and Specialized Programs
Rosaana Conforme is an indigenous immigrant Latinx survivor of domestic and sexual violence. She holds both a Master’s in Education in Counseling from Hunter College and a Master’s in Social Work from Fordham University School of Social Services. Rosaana is an LMSW who is licensed to practice in New York state. She is currently a PhD student and a Research Assistant at Fordham University and an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University. For 20+ years, Rosaana has raised awareness around the impact of systemic, structural, community, family and intergenerational violence on Latinx immigrant survivors of domestic and sexual violence and trafficking. As a direct service provider, manager and leader, Rosaana incorporates human rights as a framework for understanding and addressing the multiple barriers immigrant communities face in accessing health care, housing, food, public education and employment. As an activist, she has used an intersectional approach in educating service providers on how different layers of oppression prolongs a person’s psychological and emotional distress, how it limits their agency and how it impacts their spiritual, physical and cultural well-being. Rosaana uses a trauma-informed lens and client centered practice to empower clients and advocate for their rights in different systemic levels. As a social justice leader, Rosaana recognizes the importance of creating allies and working towards eradicating the different layers of oppression and discrimination, such as race class and gender, that marginalized communities encounter every day. Rosaana currently serves as VIP’s Senior Clinical Director.