Hellitz Villegas

Hellitz Villegas

Forced Marriage Initiative Project Associate, Tahirih Justice Center


Hellitz Villegas joined the Tahirih Justice Center’s Washington, DC area office in August of 2018. As the Forced Marriage Initiative Project Associate, she provides direct social services to individuals facing forced marriage, responds to requests for technical assistance nationally, conducts education and outreach, and maintains the Forced Marriage Initiative’s online presence. Ms. Villegas came to the Forced Marriage Initiative with over 8 years of experience in the social advocacy setting, working with survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence as a hotline advocate with the Women’s Center of Jacksonville’s Rape Recovery Team. She also worked in a variety of positions at Hubbard House, a local domestic violence center in Jacksonville, Florida, where she facilitated support groups, conducted intakes for children as part of the Helping At Risk Kids program and served as a Resident Advocate in the Hubbard House emergency shelter, providing care to shelter residents and responding to crisis calls on the hotline. Ms. Villegas also has experience as a Criminal Court Victim Advocate, assisting clients with intake, protection orders and relocation as well as providing external referrals.