Artist | Advocate

Julia Torres Barden

How does one channel life lessons learned from traumatic experiences? Are we born creative, or do traumatic experiences make us artists? For Julia Torres Barden, she chose to channel her traumatic experiences and her PTSD diagnosis into art and advocacy work.

An accomplished author and photojournalist whose photos have appeared in USA Today and other media outlets, Barden became a fierce advocate for other trauma survivors after she identified, processed, and came to terms with her own childhood trauma. In turn, she felt compelled to help others process theirs, too. She advocates for fellow victims of rape, trauma survivors, citizens affected by 9/11, and those who score high on the A.C.E. (Adverse Childhood Experiences) index.

Her memoir, “NEWYORICANGIRL…Surviving my Spanglish Life,” led to a collaboration with the Latin Ballet of Virginia to bring her story to the stage.