Monica C. Roldan, LCSW, is a psychotherapist licensed in New York and New Jersey. In her career, Monica has always focused her efforts on working with women, specifically Latina women survivors of gender based violence, trauma, rape, childhood abuse, prostitution, and trafficking. An expert on issues regarding mental health and immigrant struggles, Monica has a deep understanding of the migration process, and its unique stressors. When working with immigrant patients in particular, Monica is mindful that migration from one country to another has lasting psychological and social effects on an individual’s identity, relationships and society. She also analyzes the transgenerational implications of this experience.
Monica, a native Spanish speaker from Colombia, holds a psychology degree from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, and a Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) from New York University (NYU). In Colombia, Monica worked in women’s prisons in Bogotá, where she carried out diverse activities with the inmates, including: psycho-educational workshops on self-help, self-esteem, women’s rights, domestic violence and mental health.
Prior to becoming the Special Advisor to the President, Monica served as the Vice President of the Critical Therapy Center. Monica has also worked at Sanctuary for Families, the leading non-profit agency in New York State dedicated exclusively to serving domestic violence victims, sex trafficking victims and their children.While at Sanctuary, Monica created and developed the educational video Nuestras Imágenes, Nuestras Voces (Our Images, Our Voices) informing Latinas about domestic violence and encouraging them to take control of their lives. She also works with organizations such as: Pathways and Clara Maass Medical Center in New Jersey.