Paloma Sainz is from Tucson, Arizona and has lived and traveled to different parts of the United States, Canada, Mexico, and South America. While experiencing different cultures as a young child, Paloma saw the hardships, pain, and injustices that occur in everyday life to individuals regarding things they have no control over; such as race, gender, and religious associations. Wanting to change this, Paloma did everything she could to become a voice for the voiceless. She managed to capture people’s attention visually through her artwork in bringing awareness to the aftermath of trauma while pursuing higher education so that she could create a positive change in her community.
Paloma is a first-generation college graduate from the University of Arizona, earning her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Religious Studies for Health Professionals. During her time at the university, she found many opportunities to grow, learn, and help the Tucson community. She worked as a clerical assistant in a women’s rehabilitation center called The Haven. She served as an EAR (Electronic Activated Recorder) research coder for the NOSI lab in the Suicidality Project. In addition, she managed and collected data analyzing the implicit bias doctors have towards their Hispanic patients in a study called Patient-Doctor Interaction. Paloma volunteered as a Crisis Advocate for the Pima County Attorney’s Office, helping victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, robbery, and homicide. Paloma has interned and volunteered with Homicide Survivors, Inc. and Tu Nidito to ensure her community does not grieve alone. While serving her community, Paloma had the opportunity to work with diverse populations and in various settings.
It is now an honor and a privilege for Paloma to serve her community as a bilingual Victim Advocate for Homicide Survivors, to ensure that no one endures the murder of their loved one alone.