Karina Cruz joined Columbia Health in August 2014. Prior to joining the Sexual Violence Response staff, Karina was first a victim service coordinator and then transitioned to program coordinator at the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center–Violence Intervention and Treatment Program in Brooklyn. While there, she provided individual counseling and therapy services to survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and other crimes. In her role at Wyckoff, Karina coordinated efforts around Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. In addition, she trained medical professionals and community members on how to address violence and abuse within communities and in the medical field.
At Columbia Health, she provides direct services to students on sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, and sexual harassment, as well as facilitates trainings and workshops.