If you are a Latin@ immigrant, living with HIV in the U.S., we invite you to join us in creating a new national network of Latin@ immigrants living with HIV.
The 1983 Denver Principles, the foundation of the people with HIV self-empowerment movement, advise us that, as people living with HIV, it is urgent that we form caucuses to define our own agenda, select our own leaders and advocate for our community.
We know HIV disproportionately affects both the Latin@ and immigrant communities. Where past efforts have focused on select aspects of our identity, this network would bring to the forefront a culturally relevant approach -- an intersectional view of Latin@ immigrants. If we do not do this, others, who may or may not understand the challenges or opportunities we face, will speak for us. It is time we speak for ourselves.
This new national network -- created by and comprised entirely of Latin@ immigrants living with HIV -- will be a powerful tool to advocate for our community's needs and work in coalition with our closest allies, networks representing other key populations living with HIV as well as HIV policy leaders and advocates.
We invite you to join other Latin@ immigrants and leaders who are living with HIV, to explore the complex issues affecting our community and launch our new network in 2015. For more information, email: email@example.com.
Marco Castro-Bojorquez is an HIV/AIDS activist who serves as a community educator for Lambda Legal and member of the steering committee of The United States People Living with HIV (PLHIV) Caucus.