The Promotoras program is an annual leadership program that trains immigrant Latinas to become HIV prevention educators and advocates. Their voice is their power. Promotoras present to City and State elected officials, at national, statewide and citywide summits, at festivals, fairs and cultural parades. Promotoras fight for life saving resources for other Latina immigrants. The role of the Promotora goes beyond the role of a program staff. They serve as role models, mentors, and friends to other women currently living in violence or recently diagnosed with HIV. They provide a support system and help connect Latinas to their immediate needs.
Domestic Violence Prevention and Response
The Domestic Violence services aims to reduce the occurrences of violence and HIV/STI infection among women. Case Managers are immigrant Latinas themselves. They work with survivors of violence to ensure survivors and their children remain safe. They work with the precincts and courts to obtain orders of protection; they screen for depression and trauma; they develop safety plans with the survivor, and assess for other benefits and entitlements that the survivor and/or children can qualify in order to help their situation. Our case managers accompany survivors and help them navigate through the social service and legal systems.
Support groups are offered to all survivors of violence wanting to receive group counseling. The group meets Tuesday mornings from 11am to 1pm.
Ama Tu Vida is a group for cis women and transgender Latinas living with HIV who meet weekly to re-energize and learn how to self-care. The self-care activities in the group are intended to be practiced at home in order to make it a routine and always include self-care as a way to remain health.
Cultural Arts Saturday Class
Saturdays from 3pm to 6pm women gather to socialize, rebuild their social support network, get accurate information, while they produce a craft. This program acts as a form of art therapy. Many of the participants live isolated lives and were former survivors of violence. They look forward to this group as it is reported by them that this is their form of therapy. The group is facilitated by a Promotora who utilizes material donated by Materials for the Arts. Women are between the ages of 25 and 75. Children are welcome.
Voces Latinas offers INSTI rapid confidential testing to the community. We offer the test in the office Monday through Saturday 10am to 6pm and Thursday through Saturday from 6pm to 12am in our mobile van. Male Condoms, Female condoms and oral condoms are provided to the community free of charge.