Damarys Ocaña Perez

Damarys Ocaña Perez is Director of Editorial Content at Latina Media Ventures. She leads its magazine, Latina, the pre-eminent beauty, fashion, culture and lifestyle magazine for acculturated U.S. Hispanic women and is responsible for maintaining Latina’s voice, vision and mission across all LMV platforms.
Ocaña Perez first joined Latina as associate editor in 2004 and served in various positions, including Entertainment Editor and Writer-at-Large, before launching a freelance career in 2008. She rejoined Latina as Executive Editor in 2012 and was named Director of Editorial Content in March 2013.
She began her career as a reporter for the Miami Herald, and has written on everything from government and crime, to contemporary art and commentary for print and online publications including People, The Guardian and the New York Daily News.
Born in Havana and raised in Miami, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.

Dream Act Passes in California
DREAM Act Passes in California!

California is one step closer to making the DREAM Act a reality. The State Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that would allow undocumented students to apply for financial aid and scholarships from the state.

U.S. Secretary of Education Says DREAM Act Critical for Realizing the Country's Goals

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Pew Center Report on Ethnicity & Education
Pew Center Report: Record Number of Latino Kids in College

There are more Latino kids in college than ever thanks to a 24-percent spike in enrollment in just one year that also helped the U.S. reach all-time high levels of enrollment of 18-to-24 year olds by October 2010, according to a new Pew Hispanic Center report. Latinos are now the biggest minority group on campuses.

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Deportation Suspensions Roll Out
Deportation Suspensions Roll Out

A group from the Homeland Security and Justice departments have officially started reviewing 300,000 deportation cases following President Obama’s decision to suspend deportations for illegal immigrants with no criminal past.

Under Obama’s policy, which is part of his effort to focus deportation on undocumented immigrants who have committed felonies, all cases currently scheduled for court hearings—some 300,000—will be individually reviewed, as will new deportation cases.

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New Latinos in Power: Marco Rubio
New Latinos in Power: Marco Rubio, Raul Labrador, Francisco Canseco

On Tuesday, 90-year-old former First Lady Nancy Reagan slipped and fell during an event at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley today. Luckily, Senator Marco Rubio was there to catch Nancy before she hit the ground (see the video below).

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10 Latinas Who Know Drama

Some people seem to attract drama like a magnet—or even cause it. Witness scandal queen Jenni Rivera, whose brother followed her example by beating up a fan onstage recently, and Jennifer Lopez, who is going through her third divorce. But they’re hardly the only Latinas with less-than-perfect lives. Here is our list of Latin celebs whose lives are more packed with drama than a telenovela.

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Fed Policy Inspires Nation-Wide Protests: What is the Secure Communities Act?
Immigration 101: What is the Secure Communities Program?

Latinos have hit the streets in the past month to protest the Secure Communities program, which the government uses as a tool to deport undocumented immigrants with criminal records and repeat immigration violators. This week, some 200 protesters walked out of a Los Angeles public meeting led by a task force assigned to review the program and another 70 protested in front of President Obama’s campaign headquarters in Chicago, just two of several protests in held in six cities, according to the New York Times, with more to come.

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Latinos Tired of Obama’s Inaction on Immigration Reform

For Emma Lozano, President Barack Obama’s hosting his birthday bash in Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom—the same place, set in a heavily Latino community, where acts like Los Tigres del Norte sing pro-immigrant songs—was “a slap in the face” to Latinos, to whom he’s promised much but come up short. So Lozano and 400 others staged their own bash outside the theater, complete with giant cardboard cake, signs that read “Obama, Don’t Deport My Mama” and “Obama 2010: Most Deportation in US History” and chanting.

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Latino Directors
12 Films By Latinos, For Latinos, Starring Latinos

With Robert Rodriguez’s Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World rolling into theaters this month, featuring no fewer than four Latino lead actors (Jessica Alba, Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara and Danny Trejo), we thought about how encouraging it is that throughout the years, Latino directors have put together films about us, starring us.

Here’s our list of outstanding examples:

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Happy Patient
Gov't Announces New Health Care Benefits for Women

The federal government has announced new guidelines that will enable women to get preventive health care at no additional cost.

Among the services that new insurance plans will be required to provide, deductible- and copay-free, starting next summer: FDA-approved prescription contraceptives, screening for gestational diabetes, breastfeeding support, supplies and counseling, HIV screening and counseling, human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA testing for women 30 years and older, sexually transmitted infection counseling and domestic violence screening and counseling.

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Richard Chavez
Richard Chavez: From Carpenter to Civil Rights Leader

Richard Chavez was a carpenter who helped build a movement.

While Cesar Chavez was the face of the struggle to gain fair wages and treatment for California farmworkers, his brother Richard, who died Wednesday at 81 after complications from surgery, was crucial in helping build the United Farmworkers union, both physically and philosophically.

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