Support Safe Space for Translatinas in San Francisco

Support our programs: HIV Prevention, Violence Prevention and Community Strengthening through Safe Space

El/La Para TransLatinas project of Community Initiatives

Violence Prevention

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works to build a world where transgender Latinas (translatinas) feel they
deserve to protect, love and develop themselves. By building this base, they
support translatinas in protecting themselves against violence, abuse, and
illness, and in fully realizing their dreams. El/La is an organization for
translatinas that builds collective vision and action to promote their survival
and improve their quality of life in the San Francisco Bay Area. Their scope of
work includes: (1) HIV Prevention – outreach, education, testing, peer-to-peer
counseling, accompaniment, and referrals and accompaniment; (2) Violence
Prevention – case management, referrals and accompaniment, and Luchadoras
Leadership Development and Translatina Council/Consejo Translatina; and (3) Community
Strengthening through Safe Space  – evening drop-in, family-style
celebrations, art, culture, social networking, expression of spirituality, and
life skills groups.


a result of these programs they in turn go out and educate community members
about risks to their health and safety, support each other in identifying
barriers to full participation in society, and find resources to overcome those
barriers. El/La builds visibility and alliances to respond to transphobic
attacks and has worked with over 105 city agencies, service providers, programs
and collaboratives in San Francisco, the greater Bay Area and beyond. Their
work strengthens translatinas’ ability to critique and respond to the systems
of violence they face and to stay resilient and thriving.



#GivingTuesday 2017 Update: El/La Para TransLatinas recently celebrated our eleventh year anniversary at a wonderful event, 11 Años de Amor a La Translatina/11 Years of Love for Translatinas. The evening was a huge success, with over 175 guests gathering to show their love, appreciation, and dedication to translatinas and El/La.

Through speakers and an anniversary video folks shared their experiences of what El/La has meant to them, and how it has transformed their life to be a part of the El/La family. We also gave space to 3 of the 11 transwomen who are part of the First Trans Gay Migrant Caravan and who are receiving services at El/La, to talk about the reality of transwomen throughout Latin America. Once again, we were humbled by the stories and strength of our participants and partners.

We’ve also updated our programs to better serve the Bay Area translatina community. Check them out, and please support us on #GivingTuesday:
Community Strengthening through Safe Space
:: Evening Drop-In Space
:: Kitchen/Food
:: Family-Style Celebrations
:: Artistic Expression
:: Altar & Spirituality
:: Peer Social Networking
:: Translatina Retreat
:: Indigenous Traditions
:: Participant Internship (paid)
:: Events & Social Participation
:: Life Issues & Skills Group

Violence Prevention
:: Case Management & Linkage
:: Coalition Building
:: Accompaniment & Direct Advocacy

HIV Prevention & PrEP Navigation
:: Intakes
:: Street Outreach
:: HIV Testing
:: HIV Prevention & PrEP Educational Groups

Leadership Development
:: Translatina Participation in Collaborative Meetings
:: Luchadoras Leadership Development Program (paid)
:: Translatina Professional Development Fellowship (paid)
:: Consejo Translatina/Translatina Council (paid)

:: Staff Participation in Collaborative Meetings
:: Public Visibility Events
:: Advocacy on Transgender Issues including Immigration, Violence, Health & City Funding

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