BCFS-McAllen’s Marissa Cano Shares Insight with Rio Grande Valley Community
BCFS South Texas Regional Director Marissa Cano was recently invited to deliver the keynote address at the Family Crisis Center of the Rio Grande Valley’s sixth annual Champagne Brunch. The event is held annually to advance the center’s mission to empower adults and children experiencing domestic violence and/or sexual assault, increase awareness and responsiveness in the community through prevention, education, outreach and advocacy.
At the event, Marissa discussed the adverse effects of domestic violence and her firsthand experience with the brutality that affects one in three women (and one in four men) in the United States. In a candid engagement, Marissa talked about living with — and overcoming — abuse, and how her personal history informs her career as the director of a social services agency and a passionate advocate.
Also this month, Marissa spoke at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley as part of the Delta Tau Lambda sorority’s fourth annual Salute to Latinas: Fuerza de la Mujer Latina, where she addressed human trafficking, its telltale signs, and our collective responsibility to say something if we see something. She also talked about some of the work being done in the Rio Grande Valley to undermine the horrific crime.
Marissa joined BCFS Health and Human Services-McAllen in 2012. In 2016, she was named South Texas Regional Director, expanding her leadership vision of the BCFS Community Services Division efforts to include Harlingen and Corpus Christi.