Nathaly Rubio-Torio, LMSW, Director ejecutivo, originaria de Perú, is a licensed Social Worker working in the field of HIV and violence in the Latino community for over 20 año. Ella fue reconocida como Mujer Destacada (El prominente líder Latina) by El Diario La Prensa in 2010 and has a range of experience from working with homeless youth, to community organizing, to working in the criminal justice system with victims of violence. En 2003, as a result of her social work internship at Columbia University, she learned there was a gap in services for immigrant Latinas living with HIV/AIDS and violence. As a result Ms. Rubio-Torio founded Voces Latinas, a non-profit organization targeting immigrant Latinas living with and at high risk for HIV/AIDS and violence. Sra. Rubio-Torio takes the issue of HIV/AIDS in the Latino community very seriously as Latinos continue being one of the highest groups at highest prevalence for HIV and the fastest progressing to AIDS at disproportionately alarming rates. En septiembre de 2006 ella recibió la ciudad de Nueva York Justicia Social Beca que le permitió dedicar tiempo y desarrollar Voces Latinas en una organización no lucrativa 501 (c) (3) organización. Voces Latinas es una base, organización cultural y lingüístico centrado en Jackson Heights de Queens de Nueva York, reaching over 3000 immigrant Latinos and their families per year providing them with life-saving information on HIV/AIDS, violence prevention, y otros riesgos para la salud. She has also been recognized by * NY Women’s Foundation Queens Neighborhood Leadership Award-2016, * Committee for Pubic Health Services Public Health Award-2017, y * Urban Health Plan Every Day Heroes Award 2015.
Denys Salas, SRA, Assistant Director, es un administrador que no lucrativa que trabaja en el campo de 13 año. She is originally from Ecuador and currently living in Brooklyn. Ella recibió su Licenciatura en Sociología de la Universidad de Massachusetts Dartmouth, servido en AmeriCorps * NCCC y Estado de AmeriCorps en Mississippi trabajar con las secuelas del huracán Katrina en la costa del Golfo de EE.UU., servido en el Cuerpo de Paz de Mozambique el trabajo con jóvenes y las mujeres de riesgo que viven con VIH y SIDA. Ella recibió su Maestría en Ciencias en Estudios de Infancia de la escuela de Ciencias Políticas y Sociales de la Universidad de Edimburgo en Escocia, Reino Unido. Ha sido pasante de Juntos (Alianza escocesa para los Derechos de los niños) donde ayudó en el desarrollo del informe Estado de los derechos del niño 2013. Durante sus estudios de grado, escribió una tesis: "¿Qué significa para mí la educación? Un proyecto de investigación sobre los puntos de vista sobre la educación acerca de los niños institucionalizados y no institucionalizados en Petropolis, Brasil "donde llevó a cabo grupos focales y entrevistas individuales con los niños huérfanos y niños de familias en Petropolis, Brasil. Sra. Salas ha trabajado en el campo de la prevención y educación sobre el VIH / SIDA desde 2008. Su experiencia de gestión del programa se extiende de construcción de viviendas para las personas que fueron afectadas por desastres naturales, la coordinación de un programa de alimentación nutricional y grupos de apoyo emocional para las mujeres que viven con el VIH y el SIDA, el desarrollo de un programa después de la escuela de artes para los estudiantes de secundaria en zonas rurales de Mozambique, proporcionar refugio a los jóvenes sin hogar, and coordinating services for individuals affected by domestic violence. Sra. Salas es actualmente el Director Adjunto de Voces Latinas, donde supervisa todos los programas, ayuda con las operaciones de la agencia, y supervisa el equipo diverso en Voces Latinas. Puedes seguirla en Twitter @salas_denys
Sandra González, Office Manager, nació y se crió en Honduras, donde obtuvo su título en Contabilidad 1977. Ella ha trabajado con diferentes organizaciones en la ciudad de Nueva York como el programa de Asistencia de Energía, que tiene como objetivo ayudar a los hogares con pagos facturas eléctricas, DYCD (Departamento de Desarrollo de la Juventud de la Comunidad) Programa de Ciudadanía, dedicada a ayudar a los inmigrantes a convertirse en ciudadanos de Estados Unidos y trabajó en la unidad de proceso equitativo, así como en HRA oficina de Cupones de alimentos. En junio 2011 empezó en Voces Latinas como gerente de oficina. Actualmente, Sandra trabaja como Recursos Humanos en la LV, pero ella es también el especialista en la entrada de datos (E-Share.) Parte de sus responsabilidades es asegurar que la oficina se mantiene en orden y supervisar las operaciones diarias del personal y procedimientos oficiales. Sandra espera seguir trabajando y creciendo como profesional.
Jessica Ramos, Program Assistant, started as a volunteer at Voces Latinas in 2012. En 2013, she officially started working at Voces Latinas as a Program Assistant. She has grown in this position by helping, educar, and informing the mission of Voces Latinas to the community members that come to the agency on a daily basis. Jessica is responsible for engaging clients, educating them about Voces Latinas’ programs, and providing referrals to other services. She assists the Office Manager to ensure that the office is always organized and completes clerical work such as filing, el mantenimiento de registros, and appointment scheduling. Adicionalmente, she enters program data and analysis clients’ feedback on Voces Services. Jessica feels that working at Voces Latinas it’s a great opportunity to be aware of high risk behaviors and learn about resources for the community.
Paola Gonzalez, MSc., QA/Database Specialist, is a Data Scientist with 7 years of experience providing data analytics methods, tools, and solutions in areas including applied statistics, data visualization, models and training for consumer goods and financial services companies. She received a Master in Statistics from the University of Nottingham in England, Reino Unido. After moving to the U.S., she volunteered with two non-profits working in education and validation of degrees for professionals from other countries to work in the U.S. Paola is now working in Voces Latinas as Data Base/QA Specialist where she is driving the transition from paper data collection into a business intelligent database – Efforts to Outcomes. When Paola is not working with data, which she loves, she is cycling around NYC and traveling the world.
Angela M. Sanchez, B.A., Case Manager, began a new life in the United States relocating to the state of New York in 2006. Upon starting her new life in the US, Angela was confronted with many barriers such as the language, cultural differences, and the processes of living in a new country. En 2016, she obtained a B.A. with Concentration in Management at Farleigh Dickinson in Hackensack, New Jersey – with academic honors. While completing her degree, Angela was involved in furthering her career with the Latino community providing social services and conducting fundraising activities. En 2011, she worked in Corazon a Corazon Fundacion Infantil in Queens for three years as an assistant to the president, an agency that helps children with heart diseases that live in Colombia. She continued to volunteer with agencies that serve the Latino community. Those organizations included the Lions Club, Primero lo Primero, Fund Children International, Colombian Consulate and Corazon a Corazon Fundacion Infantil. A time later she worked in Public Health Solutions as a Community Health Worker promoting insurance and health programs to the Latino community in Queens. In October 2015 she started working in Voces Latinas as Case Manager in the Women’s Services program. In this role, she supports Latinas who are experiencing Domestic Violence. Her services includes case managing, connecting clients to obtain public assistance, mental health services, insurance, legal services to obtain U-visa, T- visa, VAWA, and educational programs. Her work with Voces Latinas has allowed her to work with others communities including the LGBTQI. In March 2017, she received a recognition from the Consulate of Colombia in New York for her work and commitment for the empowerment of Latina women in Queens. As a result of her work experiences, Angela has become a support to the women and families she serves. When Angela is not working at Voces, she is contributing to the community in many way including fundraising event for charity, vigils, and individual support. Adicionalmente, Angela is an avid dancer and enjoys exploring new cultural and social networks.
Emma Medina, Women’s Services Coordinator, is originally from Peru, her experience ranges from working with at risk men and women living with HIV/AIDS, to children and families experiencing violence. In Peru, she was committed to bringing primary care to the most underserved communities. After immigration to the Unites States, Emma began her role as a Health Education Specialist and HIV Tester at the AIDS Center of Queens County (ACQC) where she worked for 12 año. As an HIV tester, Sra. Medina provided education and raised awareness about HIV/AIDS prevention. As a Health Education Specialist, she conducted community presentations and trainings on HIV prevention. Adicionalmente, she promoted programs, recruited participants, and provided case management services. Actualmente, Emma is the Women’s Services Coordinator at Voces Latinas where she helps Latinas to achieve their goals and obtain the help they need. In this role, Sra. Medina faces a wide variety of issues that affect the Latino community. Sin embargo, she focuses her efforts in providing the guidance according to each client’s needs in the area of domestic violence and mental health. Emma aspires to continue to working in empowerment and leadership development for Latinas.
Hugo C. Ovejero, Coordinator of HIV Prevention, is originally from Argentina. He has more than 20 years of experience working with people who are HIV . His experience include one on one counseling, education, preventative care of HIV/AIDS and STD’s, and educating individuals on the different treatment options, access to medical care and medication, and coordinating support groups. Hugo is an activist and is constantly working to advance the sexual rights of minorities and the Latino community in general. During his career as an activist, he has received significant awards and recognitions both in Seattle and New York City. En 2004, the Seattle LGBT Community Center presented him with “The Banana Award” in recognition for his activism within the LGBT Community (Fruit Bowl Awards Seattle 2004). Adicionalmente, he received a recognition from the Queen’s Borough President, Helen Marshall, for his leadership in the Argentinean Community in 2008. En 2011, he received the “He (El)” award from El Diario, a Spanish newspaper of New York City, for being one of the most influential Latinos in the area of New York. Recently, Hugo joined the HIV Planning Group (HPG) of New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). His goal is to contribute to end the HIV transmission in New York City.
Omar Zapata, Program Assistant, is a Community Health Worker originally from Colombia. He is known around Roosevelt Avenue as the “the big guy with the condoms.” At the age of eight he led a group to collect groceries around his neighborhood to give it to families in need located in his home town in Colombia. During his young life he was member of several community groups. Sometime after he graduated from university Omar immigrated to Jackson Heights, New York to start, as many others, a new life filled with limitations, retos, and achievements. Today as Voces Latina’s Program Assistant he has the opportunity to proceed with his passion for serving, educating the Latino Community which he relates and understands.
Marisol Ramirez, Especialista de Extensión, comenzó su trabajo como líder y activista por los derechos de la comunidad LGBT en su país natal, Colombia. Llegó a los Estados Unidos como inmigrante "Mojada" en 1993. Debido a su experiencia personal como un individuo indocumentado ella entiende las realidades y las necesidades de la comunidad inmigrante. En 2007 se unió Voces Latinas como Promotora donde outreached y proporcionó apoyo social a las mujeres que sufren violencia y en alto riesgo de VIH. Desde entonces, Marisol dedicó su vida a educar y capacitar a la comunidad latina sobre temas como el VIH y la violencia doméstica. Durante su tiempo como Promotora se enteró de Pruebas y divulgación sobre el VIH y posteriormente fue contratado como el Especialista de Extensión. Actualmente Marisol trabaja en diferentes programas como Movilización comunitaria y los servicios de VIH / SIDA. Su principal objetivo es convertirse en un trabajador social con el fin de ayudar a las personas en los EE.UU. y en Colombia. Aunque Marisol es ahora un inmigrante documentado, casado y tiene tres hijos increíbles, su experiencia de vida como inmigrante indocumentado sentó las bases para trabajar con la bondad y el amor sin dejar de ser humilde. Su pasatiempo favorito es la música y que ha sido un fan de Julio Iglesias desde 1968. En 1980 fue presidenta de su club de fans en Colombia
Néstor Ardila, BA, Case Manager, obtuvo una licenciatura en Psicología por la Universidad de Queens College en 2013. After graduating from his undergraduate degree, he served as a volunteer in different non-profits organizations in New York and Colombia including Queens Pride House and La Hora del Cuento. He currently works at Voces Latinas as Case Manager where he assists people living with HIV to get linked to medical care and support services. Adicionalmente, he provides counseling to clients, conducts HIV testing, and facilitates an Mpowerment Project called “Holatinos” – and intervention project that is designed to address the needs of young gay and bisexual men. His interests include to advocate for those in need and to serve his community.
Ariel Diaz, Patient Navigator, was born and raised in Colombia. Since a young age, Ariel has been working with the LGBTQ community as an activist where he had the opportunity to participate in protests. He worked at “Colombia Diversa” (Diverse Colombia), an NGO that fights for legal and human rights for the LGBTQ community in Colombia. En 2016, Ariel obtained a certificate as Pharmacy Technician and worked at “Tu farmacia Latina” (Your Latin Pharmacy) where he learned about anti-retroviral medication for individuals with HIV. Ariel is currently working at Voces Latinas as a Patient Navigator where he assist clients connecting them to HIV prevention services such as PrEP, PEP, STDs and other supportive services.
Derick Mendoza, BA, Patient Navigator/Outreach Specialist, originally from California; earned a B.A. in Political Science from The City University of New York, York College. Mr. Mendoza is currently working at Voces Latinas as a Patient Navigator/Outreach Specialist. He has been working with the Latino immigrant community in New York City for over 3 año. En 2013, he worked at the New York State Assembly District 39 office as an Intern where he had the opportunity to assist constituents, and organize and promote community events for Assembly Member Francisco Moya. Mr. Mendoza wrote his thesis about “Sex trafficking on Roosevelt Avenue” and the “Chica chica” bill sponsored by Assembly member Moya. This bill was projected to combat sex trafficking along Roosevelt Avenue. During his research, Mr. Mendoza visited Voces Latinas to collect information, and learned about sex trafficking along Roosevelt Avenue and Voces Latinas’ efforts to reduce high risk behaviors in the community. This experience ignited a strong desire to join the mission of the organization in the future. En 2014, he worked on the NYS primary elections for New York State Senator Jesse Hamilton and Assembly Member Felix Ortiz coordinating their political campaigns for the Latino community in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Mr. Mendoza offers home and community-based services to youth with special health and/or emotional needs and their caregivers as a Waiver Service Provider at the Jewish Child Care Association. As a Patient Navigator he assists and enroll clients with Health Insurance through the New York State of Health marketplace. además, he conducts HIV prevention campaigns, and HIV testing with the outreach team at bars, streets, outside the train stations and community parks along western Queens during the night. As a future plan Mr. Mendoza aspires to become a diplomat and work on projects that combat poverty, and social exclusion in Latin America.