Survivor of the Parkland Florida Shooting
On February 14, 2018 a gunman wielding an AR-15 entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and fired on students, faculty, and staff. Seventeen people lost their lives and many others were wounded. Samantha Fuentes was amongst the injured, and while fortunate to be alive, her body and life changed forever. She has bullet shrapnel permanently embedded in her legs and behind her right eye, and currently manages symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She lost revered friends and faculty members. Despite these tragic events, today, Samantha is resolved and committed to a poignant mission: to make sure that no child or adult is devastated by senseless and preventable gun violence ever again. Read More >
March for Our Lives
My Strength Comes From the Strength of Others
Parkland Florida Shooting Survivor
On behalf of the Survivors Speak 2018 Planning Team and Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice, thank you so very much for your participation in Survivors Speak 2018 in Sacramento. It was by all accounts a powerful gathering of close to 700 crime survivors from throughout the state and across the country who have now returned to their local communities even more fired up to advocate for what crime survivors really want and need — increased investments in rehabilitation, prevention and treatment, not more prisons and jails. We are grateful for your courage and leadership!