Dr. Nora Montalvo-Liendo is a bilingual, bicultural PhD nurse specialist in domestic violence and sexual assault in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas. In that role she is uniquely qualified to secure and coordinate efforts addressing the many needs and disparities of victims, children, and affected families living in shelters and half-way homes in this region. As a bilingual, bicultural nurse in the Rio Grande Valley, she is specialized in connecting research to practice and maintains an active clinical practice in shelters on the Texas–Mexico border. Through /Dr. Montalvo-Liendo’s active civic engagement, she has established a long history of collaborations with several non-profit community agencies, private medical practice clinics and community health clinics to solve critical social problems, such as domestic abuse. She has also worked with the Texas Council on Family Violence to design legislative agendas to improve the safety and well-being of victims of domestic violence. Dr. Montalvo-Liendo is one of three scholars recognized nationally by the Academy on Violence and Abuse for her accomplishments, and she has been asked frequently to conduct bi-lingual workshops and presentations for regional, national, and international audiences, such as the “Hispanic Women’s and Children’s Functioning after Intervention and Social Injustice by the Texas-Mexico Border.” She has made it her life’s work to serve the people along the Texas–Mexico border, who are among the poorest Americans.