Zulma Oliveras-Vega

Zulma Oliveras Vega (1970), a Puerto Rican lesbian; human rights activist born in San Germán, Puerto Rico. She is an advocate for the freedom of political prisoners; and has participated in protests in Chiapas & Vieques. Has traveled to Palestine as part of the group International Solidarity Movement. Was part of the board of directors of Bay Area Boricuas, former member of Comité Por Un Puerto Rico Libre (Committee for a Free Puerto Rico), and Co-founder of M.A.S.A. (Mujeres de ambiente: sociales y activas [Lesbian Women: Social and Active]); all based in California. While living in California she was case manager for undocumented families and children with disabilities, worked as a counselor with emotionally disturbed Youth in group homes, independent living and high school students as well.

Zulma has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and a Master’s in Counseling from the San Francisco State University and now is working on her PhD- History of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, and Archeology. She has organized musical and cultural events for the feminist Hip Hop group Las Krudas Cubensi, Amor Sin Fronteras-Latín@ Gay Pride and the San Francisco Dyke March. In May 2013 she was part of the translation team in the International Conference on Literature by Women of African Ancestry in Ghana, Africa. Zulma has been published with NOT IN OUR NAME: Against the U.S. Massacre in Gaza; and has a poetry book, MERCENARIA, published by editorial Boreales.

She currently works at Coordinadora Paz para la Mujer- CPM (Coordinator Peace for Women) www.pazparalamujer.org and is the Specialist on Social Empowerment. After the hurricane María, she led and organized Caravana Violeta (Purple Caravan) where Coordinadora Paz para la Mujer brought services weekly to different towns with mobile units with nurses, doctors, psychologists, a legal brigade as well as food supplies, and ran support groups to assess the needs of the victims of hurricane María and o monitor any reported incidents of domestic violence and/or sexual assaults after the impact of this natural disaster. At CPM she also manages the Trans Task Force of PR.