Makers: Women In Nevada History

Makers: Women In Nevada History Vegas PBS has partnered with UNLV’s Women’s Research Institute of Nevada to educate our community about some of the extraordinary women who have shaped Las Vegas into the world-famous and unique destination it is today.

The goal of this continuing project is to create and televise programs that focus on local Las Vegas women who have made significant contributions to the quality of life in southern Nevada.

Barbara BuckleyBarbara Buckley
Executive Director of the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada

Buckley has spent her career providing legal services to those who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford an attorney. She moved to Las Vegas in the 1980s, working as a hotel maid. After putting herself though college at UNLV and law school at the University of Arizona, Buckley became a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada in 1989. Hoping to make a bigger difference, she ran for a seat in the Nevada Assembly. She was elected Majority Floor Leader by her fellow Democrats and in 2007 was elected to be Speaker of the Assembly, the first woman to hold that role. She has continued to work at the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada and since 1996 has been the Executive Director.
Kathleen Ja Sook Bergquist

Kathleen Ja Sook Bergquist
J.D., Ph.D., Bamboo Bridges

The crime of human trafficking is a global issue, but Las Vegas plays a central role in that traffic. To help combat this tragedy, Dr. Bergquist was inspired to join with others to found Bamboo Bridges, a non-profit organization that views violence against women as a spectrum issue from dating violence to domestic violence to human trafficking. Their projects have included training advocates for Asian Pacific American (APA) victims of violence; educating community organizations, law enforcement and youth; and advocating for systemic change that will decrease the opportunities for women to be exploited.

Rozita Castillo

Rozita Castillo
Promotores De Salud

Raised in farm-laborer communities, Castillo grew up among organizations working to improve labor standards and health conditions in migrant laborer communities. She continues to work among the Latino communities to promote health issues to women and men of all ages, with reproductive health and anti-violence measures as a large area of concern. She recruits and trains Spanish-speaking health educators to work with her as volunteers.

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