Nadia La Fontant was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa and is a Puerto Rican and 2nd-generation Haitian-American. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Child, Adult, and Family Services from Iowa State University in 2013. Nadia has been involved and employed in the Anti-Violence Movement since 2012 as an Emergency Shelter Advocate and a Sexual Assault Advocate at ACCESS (Assault Care Center Extending Shelter & Support). She was also employed at Mainstream Living and Easter Seals of Iowa during this time working with individuals with disabilities by providing a variety of services including vocational training, respite, and in-home care.
Nadia currently serves as the Underserved Communities Specialist at the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault in Des Moines, Iowa where she provides support to a statewide group of advocates of color working in comprehensive sexual assault programs.
She also assesses the needs of marginalized and other underserved populations; provides training and oversees efforts to work with correctional institutions so that they come into compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards; and provides consultation and support to member programs in these areas. As a self-identified activist, she has a passion for raising the voices of marginalized communities and has assisted in organizing a variety of social justice awareness events throughout Iowa.
Nadia currently volunteers for the non-profit organization Train to Inspire where she assists in facilitating events for individuals with disabilities to provide opportunities to socialize and be active. When she is not working, volunteering, or involved in local activism, Nadia is outdoors hiking, reading, traveling, or enjoying music festivals and concerts.