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Dorcas Hernandez is a self-employed business owner and entrepreneur. Her company, D International Consulting Corporation, assembles trips for business executives and government officials coming to the U.S. from Central and South America. Mrs. Hernandez is responsible for ensuring her clients meet their objective of expanding their business operations into the United States. She facilitates relationship building among her clients, American business executives, investors, and appropriate politicians such as U.S. Senators and Representatives.
Mrs. Hernandez also advises her clients on business strategy and opportunity selection for entering the U.S. market. For example, when one of her clients wanted to explore possibilities for exporting food to the U.S., she arranged for them to meet the CEO of a major South Florida port.
Mrs. Hernandez was born in the city of La Oroya, Peru, in the Andes Mountains, to Julio and Miriam Rosas, Senior Pastors in the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church. When she was four, her family moved to Lima, where her father was president of the Evangelical Churches of Peru.
During her youth in Peru, Mrs. Hernandez and her family were victims of multiple direct attacks by Communists, including one home invasion by five armed terrorists who tied her family and threatened their lives while they ransacked the house. She also watched the effects of a Socialist national government on the Peruvian economy, resulting in everyone having to wait in long lines in order to be allowed to buy basic foodstuffs, and the rationing of water and electricity usage to dwellings.
At age 14 Mrs. Hernandez was already a language interpreter for official visitors to Peru - people such as business executives, medical personnel, motivational speakers, and ministers. Within a year, her responsibilities grew to decision making and planning entire international trips. Itineraries included meetings she arranged with local officials and organizations. She planned each step of the visit, from flights, etc., within the budget constraints she was given.
Mrs. Hernandez was Campus Director of the Flamingo Road Church, a Peruvian satellite of a South Florida church, when they raised funds to rebuild two orphanages in Peru. Starting with three participants, she built, in Lima, a community of 500 English-speaking expats from all over the world, including Protestants, Catholics, and Jews.
Later, Mrs. Hernandez was the Campaign Manager for her father, Congressman Dr. Julio Rosas, in 2011 and 2016 when he won election, and re-election, to the Peruvian National Congress.
In March 2017, Mrs. Hernandez was the Public Relations Coordinator of a nationwide rally in Peru that attracted 1.5 million marchers in Lima, alone. The movement, named #ConMisHijosNoTeMetas (“Don’t Mess with My Children”), mounted simultaneous demonstrations in each of the 24 Peruvian states. She was responsible for steps to ensure the safety of participants. As a result of the demonstrations, the National Congress of Peru changed its legislative plans to give more consideration to the demands of the Peruvian parents and families.
Mrs. Hernandez has been active in charity work, serving her local community since coming to America. For one example, she has worked closely with a group of retired Peruvian Air Force officers living in South Florida. They provided humanitarian relief to earthquake victims in Peru and hurricane victims in Central America. She was a key coordinator for collecting and distributing donations of basic necessities.
Mrs. Hernandez was educated in Peru studying business, including administration and marketing at the Peruvian University of Science (UPC) in Lima. Since coming to the U.S., she has participated in on-going professional development activities, including becoming a delegate to a one-week Illinois-based conference on Peruvian educational reform, where speakers included the late Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX) and then-Governor Sonny Perdue (later U.S. Secretary of Agriculture). In 2017, she obtained a Certificate of International Leadership in Defense and Security.
She moved to Florida in 2013, and in 2014 met the criteria for an adjustment of status that resulted in her becoming a permanent resident (“Green Card”). On June 13, 2019, she proudly became a U.S. citizen. She commented at the time: “Florida lights up my heart, as the best moments and memories of my life are here.” She is married to Lieutenant Ralph Hernandez, a firefighter and paramedic with over 20 years of service to the residents of Palm Beach County at PBC Fire Rescue. They are raising two teenagers.
She has spent her adolescence and adult life getting things done for people, and she will do the same for the residents of District 92 once she is elected to the Florida House.