Three years after being named a New Media Women Entrepreneur project, Latina Voices continues to explore current topics of import to the Latina community. Recently, it focused on undocumented women’s struggles with mental health issues.
Teresa Puente edited and directed the project, and Angelica Jimenez and Jenny Patino, two Columbia College grad students, served as the reporters. Stories were titled “The Emotional Toll of Being Undocumented,” Latinas Face Barriers to Mental Health Treatment,” “Why Latina Teens are at Risk for Suicide Attempts,” and “Latina Teens Face Suicide Risk.”
The story, “Ignored mental health issues lead to suicide attempts among Latinas,” was cross-published in the Extra bilingual newspaper in Chicago. The project was funded with a $2,000 grant from the Chicago Community Trust’s Local Reporting Awards given to Mujeres Latinas en Accion and Latina-Voices.com.
In addition to overseeing new website content, Puente recently proposed a panel for UNITY Journalists of Color titled “Women Bridging the Digital Divide” that would take place next year. If the idea is accepted by UNITY, she plans to discuss the entrepreneurial work that women are doing online.