Julieta Venegas Joins UNICEF

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Though Julieta Venegas doesn’t officially clock in as UNICEF goodwill ambassador till Sept. 30, the Tijuana-born singer-songwriter is already looking into the plight of impoverished children in her country. She was in Chiapas last week visiting the frontier area of Tapachula, which is known as a crossing point for undocumented migrants going northward and as a center for the sex trafficking of women and children. The 38-year-old tweeted about the experience, describing it as “muy fuerte.” Venegas is the second Mexican to join UNICEF in this effort. The other is actor and singer César Costa, who received the designation in 2004. Good luck, Julieta!

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Grace Bastidas, Deputy Editor

Born and raised in Queens, New York, where more languages are spoken than anywhere in the world, Grace Bastidas is Latina’s Deputy Editor. She oversees lifestyle content, including topics as diverse as career, health and relationships, and occasionally writes about her own experiences in The Good Life section. As a writer, Grace’s work has appeared in The New York TimesNew York magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Travel + Leisure. She is fluent in Spanish.

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