Maria de los Ángeles (Mary) Garriga-González is a naturalised Mexican citizen. Her education up to university level took place in her native Cuba where she studied English Language and Literature. Mary also worked as an English teacher, and it was in this capacity that she discovered her love for education. In Cuba, her work was rooted in the development processes of children and adolescents in the non-formal education sector. Mary has undertaken a range of programmes and diplomas linked to Popular Education in both Cuba and Mexico, which led her to specialise in the area of Education Management for her Master’s degree at the Universidad La Salle México. She also gained an undergraduate degree in the Theological Sciences in la Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, and received training in logical framework approach for project planning. More recently, as part of the training and development team at JUCONI, Mary has completed a range of training programmes, including a diploma in Educational Therapy Methods for people affected by violence, a speciality in creating secure environments, the development of contact skills and a postgraduate certificate in Therapeutic Communication with Young Children. Since 2014, Mary has worked as an educational facilitator and trainer for JUCONI. She focuses on methodological and technical training of both individuals and institutions who wish to improve their ability to work with vulnerable individuals and families affected by family violence. She is a member of the Instituto JUCONI team, researching and developing the area of early childhood development in order to deliver programmes and workshops to NGOs who work with children aged 0 to 6.