Victoria ‘La Mala’ Ortiz and Univision partnership donates $5,000 to Casa de Esperanza
Thursday, November 16th, 2017
Victoria “La Mala” Ortiz, a Latina recording artist whose Regional Mexican songs have topped musical charts in several Spanish-speaking countries, put her best foot forward on the fifth season of Univision’s dance competition, Mira Quién Baila. She selected Casa de Esperanza as her charity of choice to receive a donation as a result of her time on the show because she supports and aligns with the organization’s mission to serve Latina survivors of abuse, and immigration.
Although she departed the show on October 29, Victoria’s memorable time in the competition earned a $5,000 donation to Casa de Esperanza. However, she has remained committed to embracing advocacy and continuing to prioritize her dedication to the Latino community.
“We are proud of her performance on the show, and also proud to recognize her as a strong, passionate, talented Latina, committed to lifting up the realities of immigrants and women who have been abused in order to create awareness, support and change,” said Patti Tototzintle, CEO of Casa de Esperanza. “Good leadership includes using your time in the spotlight to benefit others. The donation we are receiving will make a difference in the lives of the women and children staying in our shelter, El Refugio, by providing opportunities to live and play in a healthy and fun environment.”
Victoria ‘La Mala’ used her time on the show to advocate for undocumented Latin@s and women in abusive relationships by sharing her personal story of immigration and her separation from an abusive relationship.
“For me, it’s always been important to support women and immigrants because I’m an immigrant woman in the United States,” Victoria said while fighting back tears during the pilot episode of the show. “That’s why, for me, immigration is such an important cause because I lived it. Because I know what it’s like to go through it, and not just me, but my family, as well. But we can’t throw in the towel – we can’t give up. I will be the voice of those immigrants and for all of you who are in the United States alone, missing your people, but looking for a brighter future. I’m here for you.”
Victoria has reaffirmed her commitment to support Casa de Esperanza in its work by utilizing her platform to raise awareness for issues that Latin@ survivors face when seeking services in the United States, and by saying NO MÁS violence with the DECIMOS NO MÁS campaign.
We at Casa de Esperanza extend our deepest and most sincere thank you to Victoria, her team, and Univision for standing alongside the mission to end violence in Latino communities.