Encarnacion (Encarny) Aguado-Amsems
Encarny Aguado-Amsems has been active in the movement to end domestic violence since 1995 when she began her work with Center for Domestic Peace’s Home of Marin Abused Women’s Service (MAWS) where she currently serves as the manager of the transitional housing program “Second Step.” She began her work on the English and Spanish hotline and facilitating emotional support groups.
In 1997, Aguado-Amsems became a shelter and transitional housing family advocate. Two years later, she was promoted as the Transitional Housing Program Manager where she works with a team of staff and volunteers assisting victims reach their goals of economic self-sufficiency, housing, education and healing. In 2008, Aguado-Amsems received the advocate of the year award by the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence. As described by a Second Step resident, “She does her work with integrity, humor and poise. She gives us a model by living in a manner that supports our emotional strength, and helps us to gain confidence again. She shows us the way by walking the path herself, making it easier for us to follow. She keeps us honest by being truthful.” Encarny Aguado-Amsems’ inspiration has always been her beloved mother, a victim of domestic violence, who passed away fifteen years ago.