Johana Medina died one year after Honduran transgender activist Roxsana Hernández also died in ICE custody.
Skyrocketing rents have increased the need for the work of Instituto Familiar de la Raza -- yet have also made it difficult for them to maintain their own spaces.
The angelic troublemaker died May 14.
"If you educate yourself, you can protect yourself," says Thelma Garcia, the HIV service director of East Los Angeles Women's Center. "Helping different women in my community is the passion that keeps me going."
HIV activist Louie Ortiz-Fonseca is working to create a safe space for LGBTQ youth of color with Kikis With Louie, a biweekly YouTube series that confronts conversations around sexuality and identity with ease and confidence.
HIV diagnoses have increased in recent years among Latinx gay and bisexual men. In 2016, Latinx gay and bisexual men accounted for 19% of the 40,324 new HIV diagnoses in the U.S.
Some community members want further investigations and the arrest of Buck; others want to find support for black and Latinx gay men dealing with addiction.
As the U.S. government shutdown carries on for nearly a month over border wall funding, many migrants caught in Tijuana amid discrimination get support from a steadfast HIV organization.
"I can't wait to start the year and optimistic that all of these trials were learning lessons," Maria Mejia writes.