Maria is a psychotherapist who works directly with sex-trafficked women, as well as domestic violence victims from a cross-cultural, human rights and gender-based counselling approach. She works in the public sector and for NGOs in Valencia, Spain. Besides that, she is a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Valencia and a Research Fellow in a “Gender, Work and Health” research group at the University of Jaume I in Spain. She develops her own training programmes for some public institutions, for example, the General Council of the Judiciary of Spain, The Law Society of Valencia, and other NGOs. The aim of the programme is to understand the trauma and psychosocial consequences of sex trafficking in order to better protect their human rights and to include the subjectivity and gender-based approach in all the processes in which women are involved.
Maria has published about migration, gender, education and participatory methodology. She is developing her research work through mutual support groups, aiming to create knowledge from women’s experience. She has also been awarded a Women Narrative Prize of Valencian Government for Los susurros del silencio, a story about a sex-trafficked woman from Africa, and the violence she has suffered since leaving her country.