400 North Bonita Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85745
HSI Director – Carol Gaxiola, http://www.azhomicidesurvivors.org/
Carol Gaxiola taught kindergarten through middle school during a 35 year career as a bilingual educator. She started her career in a small town in central California teaching first grade. For nine years she was a education program coordinator for the Migrant Education program, a program that works to improve schooling for children of migrant farm workers. Carol then taught English as a Second language to children and adults in Mexico for ten years. For six years during that time, she also worked as a consultant/teacher trainer for MacMillan Publishing Company, traveling extensively throughout Mexico, Central and South America, training teachers in language acquisition. From 1996 to 2010, Carol taught in the Tucson Unified School District. In October of 1999, Carol’s life path dramatically changed when her 14 year old daughter, Jasmin, was brutally murdered. Homicide Survivors, Inc. reached out to her and supported her during this difficult time. Carol volunteered with Homicide Survivors for over 10 years by speaking on victim panels, reaching out to victims, speaking at prisons for the restorative justice program and serving on Homicide Survivors Board of Directors. She was hired as the director of Homicide Survivors, Inc., in July of 2010. Homicide Survivors is a local non-profit organization whose mission is to provide support, advocacy and assistance to meet the crisis and long term emotional needs of families and friends of murder victims.