Second Responders

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Meet four “second” responders employed at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Queens, NY, where the first case of COVID-19 was diagnosed in NYC. While doctors and nurses are rightfully praised as heroes, the support staff at St. John’s –the Head of Security, a Janitor, a Logistician, and a Chaplain— must also bear witness to the untold ravages left in the wake of a worldwide pandemic.

163a9b47aa headshotDirector Biography – Julissa Xena Delacruz


Julissa Xena Delacruz is a proud Latinx/a-American, born and raised in New York to an immigrant family. Her lifelong passion for Film Production, Directing, and Screenwriting, led her to a BFA in Production from the New York Film Academy, Los Angeles (NYFA, LA). Ms. Delacruz lives in Burbank, CA.

Director Statement

This pandemic has affected communities of color in disastrous and disproportionate ways. Few continue to bear the brunt of this trauma as brutally as “second” responders of color. SECOND RESPONDERS seeks to shed light on their truth. We hope this platform lets them –and all “second” responders– know that they too are heroes, their stories matter, and there is healing to be found within the very communities affected by this unprecedented event.

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