Since its inception in 2003 as a volunteer-run organization, Voces Latinas continues to address the devastating impact of HIV among Latinas. We have held firm to the belief that Immigrant Latinas have much to say about their community and their needs but are rarely given a voice to express it. Throughout the years Voces Latinas has seen the impact these women have had on one another, their community, and their families. To reduce the rate of HIV among women in Queens, we create programs that recognize Latinas as the best educators in their community IF an opportunity or space is provided.
Voces Latinas aims to reduce the rate of HIV transmission and violence among immigrant Latino/as by empowering, educating, and providing leadership and advocacy training to enable them to make healthier decisions for themselves and their families. Through collaborative relationships, we connect immigrant Latinas with culturally and linguistically sensitive services to address their immediate needs, which allows them to identify with their risk for HIV/AIDS.
Voces Latinas goals are to:
- reduce the incidence of HIV/AIDS infections among immigrant Latinas by ensuring they are informed about how their behaviors and life situations place them at risk;
- empower immigrant Latino/as to lead and direct change that affect their lives and those of other immigrant Latinas by developing leaders, advocates and mentor, agents of change, among our community; and
- Ensure immigrant Latino/as have access to services and resources to meet their needs by connecting our emerging leaders with policy-and decision-makers to voice their issues and to fight for resources for their community, and with their immigrant Latina peers to share crucial information.