About Us

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According to the University of California-Berkeley, human beings have the capacity to feel at least 27 emotions and can have more than 400 emotional experiences everyday. Unfortunately, most of us are not taught the basics of Emotional Intelligence, which we define as the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one's emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. This is why we’ve started Las Traumadas. We are a not-for-profit project that aims to bring attention to the importance of Emotional Intelligence.


Each zine is individually water-colored and stitched. The content is carefully proofed by our team to bring you the most concrete and credible information in an approachable and relatable read. We recognize that most people are not given the tools to understand their own and other people’s emotional behaviors, and, therefore, want to provide the essentials so our readers can have healthier relationships, more successful careers, and detangle themselves from mysterious emotional patterns; and so that together we can build functional, humane systems.

Maressa Cortes

Maressa Cortes is the Director and Co-Founder of Las Traumadas. She is passionate about making the world a better place through art and self-awareness.  In her spare time Maressa has anxiety. She has picked up a couple of hobbies to distract herself from it: painting, writing, collaging, pasta making, and the occasional outdoors-y thing like hiking or biking.

Jessica Infanzon

Jessica Infanzon, writer and editor, is a Long Island native and has called Harrisonburg her second home for 5 years. She believes introspection is a self-preservation tactic, and lives by the philosophy instilled by her mom that we are all responsible for our own happiness. She is proud to contribute to Las Traumadas and its mission to teach the necessary skills of emotional intelligence.

Mackenzie Jenkins

Mackenzie is Las Traumadas money handler & formatter. She graduated from JMU with a degree in Sociology and Spanish. In her free time she likes to envision a world where everybody reads the zine and practices emotional intelligence.

Brenda Diaz-Castro

Brenda Diaz-Castro's search for authenticity and creativity lead her to become a co-founder of Las Traumadas. She finds much freedom in the process of understanding one's psyche. She's a Montessori teacher assistant by day and a punk always. Connecting to her Mexican heritage and spirituality is a constant need in her life. When she's not freaking out about her emotions, she likes to read, watercolor, take her of her plant babies, and play music!

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