Guadalupe “Lupe” Cruz

Guadalupe Cruz is the Director of Training for Latin and Central America. She has been a key member of the Cure Violence team since 2009.  She started as a CeaseFire Violence Interrupter.  In 2011, she was promoted to supervisor of all Latino Violence Interrupters in Chicago.  In March 2014, her role expanded to incorporate training responsibilities in Latin and Central America. She is responsible for overseeing implementation of the Cure Violence model in South Africa, Honduras, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Canada.   In this capacity, she provides training and technical support to all the local partner organizations implementing the Cure Violence model in these countries.  Prior to joining Cure Violence, Ms. Cruz spent 20 years working with high-risk youth in some of Chicago’s most violent neighborhoods.