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Success A t Y our B e s t LOCAL SHERO William Shakespeare once exclaimed: How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world. Victim’s Advocate and all-around champion for women’s rights, Kattia A. Castellanos, is a prime example of that sentiment. T E X T BY F R A N CE S C A C R UZ You’d never gather that someone as outgoing, bursting in positivity and energy as Kattia A. Castellanos would be dealing on a daily basis with the heart-wrenching issue of domestic violence. This blue-eyed blonde with the sunny disposition is a staunch advocate for victim’s rights. Don’t let her easy smile and gracious demeanor fool you, she means business and is passionate about empowering women. She helped develop and has been managing the Coral Gables Police Department’s Victim Witness Unit since 1998. Assisting in thousands of cases that involved violent crimes over the years, she provides protective services and guidance in restoring lives affected by crime. She fights with all her fortitude, conviction and might for those who feel they have lost their voice. Additionally, she serves as spokesperson for J.E.C.Y Foundation Teen Dating Violence Awareness and organizes and chairs the local National Crime Victims’ Rights Committee Yearly Campaign. She’s also a volunteer for Fundación Hispana Para La Prevención De La Violencia Domestica and Amigos Del Niño Con Cáncer. Each year she manages to provide 100 children in shelter toys and back-to-school items. This shero has truly dedicated her life to being of service to her community and being a beam of empowering light to all who are blessed to meet her; CoralGables.com. 44