About Jánelle Marina
Jánelle Marina Méndez Viera is a Puerto Rican-American human rights CEO, consultant, activist, social scientific autodidact theoretic researcher, author, inventor, and former United States Marine. She is known for founding the Military Sexual Trauma Movement (MSTM), a nonprofit organization advocating for victims of sexual trauma in the United States Armed Forces. She is also known for being the author of the No Paper Bills, which became the Restoration of Honor Act after they were signed into law by former Governor Andrew Cuomo on Veteran’s Day of 2019.
She has advocated for issues such as better healthcare, welfare, and policy reform for victims of military sexual trauma and protection for LGBTQ+ veterans Méndez Viera has organized, led protests, and sit-ins in New York and Washington D.C. She has traveled throughout the United States and gave speeches surrounding the topic of military sexual trauma, most notably in Texas, Washington D.C. and New York. She has also written columns for publication on this topic for publications such as the Poughkeepsie Journal.
Jánelle Marina Méndez Viera was born on January 16, 1990 in Bronxville, New York.
Méndez Viera grew up in the lower Hudson Valley region of Westchester County, New York, was raised in the city of Peekskill, New York an area known as a Puerto Rican Diaspora, where she was exposed to a diverse range of cultural influences.
As a child, Méndez Viera was drawn to her Taíno Native American heritage, and she often explored the history, music, instruments, tools, language, and traditions of her ancestors. This early interest in her Native American heritage would later inspire her use of nudity as a form of protest. Drawing on historical events from the Colombian era during Christopher Columbus’s exploration to the Caribbean islands known as the Spanish Virgin Islands.
Méndez Viera faced a lot of childhood adversity, most notably by relatives for abuse and maltreatment in Westchester County, New York during the beginning of her freshman year at Lakeland High School. These events caused Méndez Viera to be separated from her siblings.
She moved to Wilmington, North Carolina, with her father where she attended E.A. Laney High School and boxed competitively for U.S.A. Boxing’s junior olympic division.
At age sixteen, Méndez Viera enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. during her senior year after she skipped eleventh grade.
Méndez Viera endured multiple forms of sexual violence beginning at her enlistment up until her separation.
Méndez Viera also endured torture when she came forward to report that she was a victim of child pornography and child-sex trafficking while at Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) for Nuclear, Biological, Radiological, and Chemical School in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, a base known for a string of child sexual slavery and child sex crimes by active duty military leaders.
Méndez Viera fled the base after her experiences of abuse were covered up and she was prevented from accessing legal and medical assistance.
After a short stay in Philadelphia where she was forced in to prostitution she turned herself in at Quantico, Virginia and was raped by a Gunnery Sergeant. She was arbitrarily incarcerated after reporting the incident, but a Naval Judge dismissed all charges against her.
She was forced to accept a retaliatory discharge after another set of charges was filed against her.
As Méndez grew older, during her early twenties, she became increasingly involved in activism and social justice issues while she was employed on Wall Street at J.P.Morgan and Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.
She quickly became a J.P. Morgan Ambassador for Civic Engagement while studying corporate finance at Post University.
While employed in the financial services sector, Méndez Viera established the Military Sexual Trauma Movement in Dutchess County, New York, a region within the Mid-Hudson Valley. This area is world-renowned for having produced influential feminist human rights advocates such as Eleanor Roosevelt from Trivoli, the foundational figure and founding mother behind the United Nations, and Sojourner Truth from Esopus, a Black Feminist and Abolitionist known for her speech “Ain’t I A Woman”. Other notable human rights figures from the area are Elizabeth Cady Staton, Susan B. Anthony, and Frederick Douglass. Méndez Viera grew up in the 41st District of New York where Former First Lady and Senator Hillary Clinton was her Senator. Inspired by these legendary human rights leaders, Mendez-Viera initiated a feminist human rights movement dedicated to military and veteran issues.
Méndez Viera authored and lobbied for the No Bad Paper Bills in New York State that was signed into law as the Restoration of Honor Act of 2019. The Restoration of Honor Act of 2019 is the first intersectional military and veteran’s legislation in U.S. history and provides discharge upgrades through New York State for veterans who experienced a retaliatory or discriminatory discharge due to MST, TBI, PTSD, other mental and physical disabilities, LGBTQIA+ status, or minority status.
A few weeks after the passage of the Restoration of Honor Act of 2019, Méndez Viera went to Washington D.C. during the Trump Impeachment hearings to urge members of Congress to vote in favor of impeachment citing a need for accountability.
In 2020, Méndez Viera was one of the organizers of the We Can’t Breathe protest in Poughkeepsie, New York during the pandemic when thousands of protesters came out to march in reaction to the death of George Floyd. Méndez Viera gave a speech on police brutality and racial inequality in America.
Soon after Méndez Viera gave a speech at another march for the rally in support of black lives in Pleasant Valley, New York that turned violent when counter-protesters with Blue Lives Matter incited violence.
Méndez Viera went on to co-author a local civil rights law to prevent violence at future protests.
Later in the year on Veteran’s Day of 2020 Méndez Viera organized and led the Fight for our Freedom press conference in Washington D.C. where she successfully raised awareness about two minority female Marines who were arbitrarily incarcerated after reporting their experiences being victims of military sexual violence. Both women were subsequently released from the brig.
Méndez Viera is known for also being the author of the Military Industry Regulatory Authority (MIRA) bills and on July 8, 2021 MIRA bills were signed into law via executive order by President Joe Biden and became the Independent Review Commission (IRC) on Sexual Assault in the Military.
Méndez Viera is known for her contributions to support the I Am Vanessa Guillen Act of 2022 by organizing veterans to lobby members of congress to co-sign on to the federal bill.
Welsh biographer Eleanor Wait published the 2022 biography, Boricua Gringa: The Biography of Jánelle Marina Méndez Viera, which chronicles Méndez Viera’s life experiences and human rights activism.
In 2022, Méndez Viera received the cure for MST-related C-PTSD known as the Séllate Ganglion Blocker, which reverses the over activation of nerves in the neck that stimulate the overproduction of norepinephrine and adrenaline. Méndez Viera was finally able to access the cure through the Stella Trauma Center after VA denied her the treatment.
Méndez Viera has been recognized for her groundbreaking self-funded research on modern slavery in the Caribbean and its ties to American politics with the prestigious 2022 Human Rights Award.
Méndez Viera has also been recognized by members of Congress for her leadership, organization of veterans, and lobbying efforts of MIRA in US Congress that went on to shape the Military Justice Improvement Act that was passed in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2023 (NDAA 2023).
Méndez Viera published her book, “The Pathway Towards Peace: U.S. Human Rights Manifesto,” in which she debuts her work as an interdisciplinary social scientific autodidact theorist and researcher.
After a fifteen-year battle for restorative justice, Jánelle Marina emerged victorious in her US Navy case and finally received a discharge upgrade and an apology from the military. Her groundbreaking legislation in New York established a legal precedent that recognized veteran survivors of military sexual trauma as a protected group. This milestone paved the way for the class action lawsuit called the Manker Settlement, leading the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps to reevaluate cases involving improper discharges by the Naval Discharge Review Board due to discrimination and retaliation.
Mendez Viera, made an unexpected assertive debut on OnlyFans, swiftly climbed the ranks to enter the top 6% of models within the first week. Opting to enter the world of explicit modeling was a resolute stand against Alabama Republican Senator Tommy Tuberville’s amendments to the NDAA 2024. These proposed changes sought to limit the abortion rights of active-duty servicewomen, a cause Mendez Viera fervently opposes.
While residing in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, Méndez Viera initiated the development of an advanced Blockchain technology, the Artificial Intelligence Financial Technology Blockchain (AIFTB). This technology powers her hybrid stable coin called the United States Liberty Coin (USLC). Also, her innovative AIFTB fully automated real-time fraud detection and enforcement functions using cutting-edge AI and blockchain technologies. Méndez Viera then went on to file patents for these groundbreaking inventions which includes AI-currency, AI-securities, AI-Weapons and AI-Robots. She debuts as a social entrepreneur with her launch of Liberty Leaf AI.