Why do you come to work at Root & Rebound everyday?   The United States has the largest population of incarcerated people in the world that continues to racially profile and criminalize Black, Latinx, and immigrant communities the most. I come to work believing that those impacted by the criminal system deserve dignity, respect, and humanity. I appreciate working with the Womxn and Root & Rebound were we work together in creating changes and opportunities. By learning from one another, we begin to understand much more.

Why do you come to work at Root & Rebound everyday?

The United States has the largest population of incarcerated people in the world that continues to racially profile and criminalize Black, Latinx, and immigrant communities the most. I come to work believing that those impacted by the criminal system deserve dignity, respect, and humanity. I appreciate working with the Womxn and Root & Rebound were we work together in creating changes and opportunities. By learning from one another, we begin to understand much more.

Anita Pano

Womxn's Support & Social Services Manager

Anita Pano is the Womxn's Support & Social Services Manager at Root & Rebound’s Fresno office.

Anita graduated from CSU-Fresno, earning her Master's in Social Work. While attending college for her Bachelor’s and Master's degrees, she interned for a womxn's prenatal substance abuse program, the Mexican Consulate, and social service departments in the Central Valley, working directly with families. Prior to joining Root & Rebound, Anita worked as a child welfare and post-adoption social worker serving children and families.

Anita has worked alongside community groups in the Central Valley advocating for immigrants, youth, and adults impacted by the criminal justice system and incarceration. She has also organized workshops and presented topics on foster youth rights, parents’ rights within the foster care system, hip hop and Feminism. She has also studied and written research on the impacts of commercially sexually exploited youth within the foster care system.

Anita is bilingual in English/Spanish and has extensive experience working with children, youth, and families who have been impacted by the child welfare system and incarceration. She is experienced in assessing family’s needs, advocating on their behalf, and referring them to resources in the community. As a social worker, Anita provides counseling, direct services to womxn and families, and facilitates womxn’s support groups.

In her spare time, Anita likes reading, writing, and traveling, especially connecting with artists and community groups.