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Criminology and Law
Following her graduation from Lawrence High School, Lidia obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Suffolk University with a concentration in Criminology and Law in 2006. She began her career in public service as a social worker for the Department of Children and Families in Lawrence. She became involved in neighborhood groups and local school initiatives to encourage kids to stay in school and pursue higher education. After becoming a mother of two, Lidia returned to Suffolk University to pursue a Master of Public Administration degree. In 2014, she became a Probation Officer at Lawrence District Court, where she supervised hundreds of offenders to ensure their successful transition into the community. During this time, she facilitated programs to engage court-involved individuals to make positive changes in their lives, such as the Changing Lives Through Literature Program, Drug Court and the Motherhood Program. She also regularly participated in Career Fairs at the Lawrence Public Schools and the Lawrence Boys & Girls Club, as well as in programs to encourage young Latinas to attend college. Lidia was named the Cultural Proficiency Champion of the Fenton Judicial Center to celebrate and promote diversity, equity and inclusion among trial court employees, visitors and users. She has served on the Board of Directors of Delamano, Inc., a non-profit organization that offers supportive services to survivors of domestic violence, and currently serves on Socratic, Inc., a non-profit organization that, among other things, offers scholarship opportunities to members of the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence. In 2020, Lidia was appointed by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker as a Member to the Sex Offender Registry Board, where she currently proudly continues her public service determining the classification levels of convicted sex offenders residing and/or working in the Commonwealth.