From lobbying to campaigns, Fofi Mendez devoted to protecting vulnerable

Author: Ernest Luning - July 1, 2016 - Updated: July 2, 2016

Twenty-five years later, lobbyist Fofi Mendez, the principle at Mendez Consulting, Inc., says the memory still sends a shiver down her spine. She had an established career in Colorado working in the anti-violence realm, directing victim’s services for the Rape Assistance and Awareness Program — now known as the Blue Bench — starting in the early 1980s. Working with the National Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Mendez — her given name is Florangel — became president of the Colorado coalition by the end of the decade and got involved in its successful efforts to make marital rape a crime in the state.

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Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning is a political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has covered politics and government for newspapers and online news sites in Colorado for more than 25 years, including at the Highlands Ranch Herald, the Jefferson Sentinels chain of community newspapers and the Aurora Sentinel, where he was the city hall and cops reporter. After editing the Aurora Daily Sun, he was a political reporter and blogger for The Colorado Independent site. For nearly a decade, he was a senior political reporter and occasional editor at The Colorado Statesman before the 119-year-old publication merged with Colorado Politics in 2017.