Victor Rivas Rivers is a veteran film and television star, best-selling author, renowned advocate for violence prevention, and the first Cuban-born football player to land a tryout with the Miami Dolphins. He has achieved extraordinary success in numerous arenas. But given his violent upbringing, few of those achievements were ever likely. If not for a handful of individuals who were willing to take a stand on his behalf, he doubts he would be alive today. He chronicles his story of survival in his memoir A Private Family Matter.