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. Tu voz cuenta!
(click for an overview of the curriculum)
Connecting to Community Resources
Isolation creates silence-Voces provide a safe space for immigrant families to discuss their needs and get connected to other services in order to reduce the risk of HIV. Immigration fears, language skills, and lack of economic empowerment are barriers that prevent immigrant Latinas from seeking services. Through our referral and case management program we make sure Latinas get connected to resources. We DO NOT simply provide a referral. We connect her to a partner organization that will meet with her and make sure she gets the services she needs.
Access to Spanish language services: connecting Latinas and their families to culturally and linguistically appropriate services is a vital part of our services. High prevalence of HIV infection is related to histories of sexual abuse, trauma, depression, low self-steem, disempowerment and domestic violence. Referrals include: Mental health counseling*medical care*domestic violence services*immigration services*housing services*employment* and educational services
Voces Contra La Violencia
Voces Latinas offers support services to the community around violence prevention. We offer support groups and educational workshops to promote healthier families without violence. The reality of the immigrant Latina family is not always separating from one another. Cultural norms often dictate what we do for ourselves and our families. Understanding that the safety of our clients is our first priority, we take these cultural norms into consideration and move at the clients pace.