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  • Writer & Editor

  • Art Curator

  • Human Rights Educator

Welcome to my website!  I'm eager to tell you about the projects I'm working on!

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Walking Through Wars:
Why a Faithful Salvadoran Girl
Abandoned Her Home

by Milagros Vela as told to Rita Moran

Winner, Nonfiction Prize

Women's National Book Association (Excerpt)

In a shantytown above San Salvador, a deeply spiritual Pipil-Creole girl overcomes endless traumas—hunger, abuse, war, illness, and natural disaster—to seek refuge in the U.S.  

Now she cares for the children of American tech workers. 

Read selections from our work in progress as Milagros and I continue developing this important memoir!

Maya Woman

The Helen Moran Collection



In Guatemala today, contemporary Maya artists are carrying on a tradition of Indigenous painting that dates back to 1929. Their artistic traditions go back for centuries. These works reveal the beauty and hardships of Maya women's lives.  

The Helen Moran Collection promotes the dignity and human rights of Indigenous and Latina women by bringing these important works to the public. 

You can exhibit these paintings—and beautiful traditional textiles—in your own community!


Maya Women: Life, Art, Hope

City College of San Francisco

Through December 15, 2023

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