50 Organizations Sign on to Letter to HRSA to Prioritize Trauma-Informed Care

Last month, PWN-USA and the Women’s HIV Program (WHP) at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) submitted a letter to the Health Resources and Services Administration HIV/AIDS Bureau (HRSA HAB), administrators of the federal Ryan White Program, recommending key National HIV/AIDS Strategy implementation steps to advance trauma-informed care. (Read the full text of PWN-USA and WHP’s letter to HRSA HAB here.)

50 organizations from around the country signed onto the letter in support of these requests for action to support implementing trauma-informed practices in clinics receiving federal Ryan White funding:

  • 30 for 30 Campaign
  • AIDS Foundation of Chicago
  • AIDS United
  • Albany Damien Center
  • Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
  • BABES
  • Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center
  • Black AIDS Institute
  • Borinquen Behavioral Health
  • Boulder Community Health
  • Cascade AIDS Project
  • Christie’s Place
  • Colorado Organizations Responding to AIDS (CORA)
  • Community AIDS Resource and Education Services of Southwest Michigan
  • Counter Narrative Project
  • Desiree Alliance
  • Gran Varones
  • Harlem United
  • Hartford Commission on HIV/AIDS
  • HIV Prevention Justice Alliance
  • HIVE at UCSF
  • IKnowAwareness
  • International Community of Women Living with HIV, North America
  • Iris House, Inc.
  • Khulumani Support Group
  • Legacy Community Health
  • Let’s Kick ASS (AIDS Survivor Syndrome)
  • Michigan Coalition for HIV Health and Safety
  • National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD)
  • National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc.
  • National Working Positive Coalition
  • Pediatric AIDS Chicago Prevention Initiative
  • Positive Iowans Taking Charge
  • PWN-USA Colorado Chapter
  • PWN-USA Louisiana Chapter
  • PWN-USA Michigan Regional Chapter
  • Ribbon Consulting Group
  • RISE Multimedia
  • Sex Worker’s Outreach Project
  • SisterLove, Inc.
  • Southern AIDS Coalition
  • Southern HIV/AIDS Strategy Initiative (“SASI”)
  • Treat Me Right, Inc.
  • Tripp Consulting
  • US People Living with HIV Caucus
  • Wayne State University Prevention Services
  • Women with a Vision, Inc.
  • The Women’s Collective

PWN-USA thanks all of these organizations for their help in emphasizing the importance of trauma-informed care in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and in holding HRSA HAB accountable for prioritizing it in the implementation steps.

National Day of Action to End Violence Against Women Living with HIV = Success

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October 23, 2015, was our second National Day of Action to End Violence Against Women Living with HIV (WLHIV)–and what a success it was! Thanks to an outpouring of support from our members, communities, allies and organizations working both in HIV and with intersectional issues:

  • Our Day of Action was endorsed by 92 organizations from around the world (see below) as well as an additional 84 individuals
  • Numerous and diverse organizations and individuals participated in our lively and informative Twitter Chat, co-hosted by the National Network to End Domestic Violence (@nnedv), SisterLove Inc. (@SisterLove_Inc) and The Well Project (@TheWellProject), the morning of October 23, using our hashtags #EndVAWHIV and #PWNspeaks
  • Our Flashblog to #EndVAWHIV includes 18 contributions, including the stories of WLHIV impacted by violence and trauma, as well as posts on the topic and intersectional issues from organizations and individuals dedicated to working with WLHIV and domestic violence survivors, several of which were also featured on HIVPlusMag.com and TheBody.com
  • At least 6 diverse organizations posted statements of support for the Day of Action on their websites
  • Countless individuals and organizations changed their Facebook and Twitter profile pictures to our official Day of Action logo
  • Across the country, people heard and discussed the stories of overcoming violence of 5 PWN-USA members in the Kaiser Family Foundation film, Empowered, part of the Greater Than AIDS campaign (see video below)

The goal of our Day of Action is, of course, not only to raise awareness–a critical first step–but also to put forward solutions. One of the major initiatives PWN-USA is working toward is routine implementation of trauma-informed model of care for WLHIV, especially in clinics receiving federal Ryan White Program funding. We are also working to repeal laws that place WLHIV at disproportionate risk of violence, including laws criminalizing HIV, which discourage testing and treatment while perpetuating damaging stigma by sending the message that people living with HIV are dangerous, as well as laws criminalizing sex work and drug use.

PWN-USA called for the first National Day of Action to End Violence Against WLHIV last year in the wake of the brutal murders of Cicely Bolden and Elisha Henson, both of Texas, following disclosure of their HIV status. Nationally, 55% of WLHIV have faced intimate partner violence–and women with a history of trauma are more vulnerable to acquiring HIV. Click here for more facts about violence against WLHIV, or read this excellent article on HIVEqual.org.

PWN-USA thanks the following organizations for partnering with us and/or endorsing our second National Day of Action to End Violence Against Women Living with HIV on October 23, 2015:

  • 30 for 30 Campaign
  • A Sister’s Gift Women’s Center, Dallas
  • ACT UP London
  • African Services Committee
  • AIDS Alabama
  • AIDS Foundation of Chicago
  • AIDS Project Los Angeles
  • AIDS United
  • Albanian Association OF PLWHA
  • APLA Health & Wellness
  • AS – Center For The Empowerment Youth Of People Who Are Living With HIV And AIDS
  • Aspirations
  • BABES-Network YWCA
  • Being Alive!
  • Bill’s Kitchen, Inc.
  • Caracole
  • Cascade AIDS Project
  • Center for Health and Gender Equity
  • Chicago Women’s AIDS Project
  • Christie’s Place
  • Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR)
  • Counter Narrative Project
  • CoyoteRI
  • emPOWERed Legacies
  • Federal AIDS Policy Partnership Structural Interventions Workgroup (FAPP SIWG)
  • Fierce Caucus and Black Womens Caucus of Union Theological Seminary
  • FORCE Baltimore
  • Forward Together Oakland
  • G III Associates
  • Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC)
  • GIRL U CAN DO IT, INC.
  • Global Justice Institute, Metropolitan Community Churches
  • Global Network of People Living with HIV, North America
  • GMFA The Gay Men’s Health Charity (London)
  • HAART Inc., Baton Rouge
  • Healthy & Free Tennessee
  • Hektoen Institute of Medicine
  • HIV Disclosure Project
  • HIV Prevention Justice Alliance
  • HIVE
  • Housing Works Brooklyn
  • Houston AIDS Research Team Cross-Network HIV CAB
  • Howard Brown Health Center
  • In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda
  • International HIV Partnerships
  • International Network of People Who Use Drugs
  • Justice for All Coalition
  • Lambda Legal L.A.
  • Latino Commission on AIDS
  • Lee’s Rig Hub
  • National Female Condom Coalition
  • National HIV/AIDS Disability Project
  • National Network to End Domestic Violence
  • National Press Club,Nepal
  • National Working Positive Coalition
  • NYTAG
  • Older Women Embracing Life, Inc.
  • Our Story Inc.
  • Pediatric AIDS Chicago Prevention Initiative
  • Philadelphia Center
  • Philadelphia Department of Public Health Ambulatory Health Services PrEP Program
  • Positive Living Women Malaysia
  • PowerSource Tucson
  • PWN-USA Colorado
  • PWN-USA South Carolina
  • PWN-USA San Diego
  • PWN-USA Bay Area
  • PWN-USA Louisiana
  • PWN-USA Ohio
  • PWN-USA Michigan
  • PWN-USA Philadelphia
  • PWN-USA Georgia
  • ReShape
  • Ribbon Consulting Group
  • Sero Project
  • Sexuality Information and Education Council of the US (SIECUS)
  • SisterLove, Inc.
  • SisterReach, Memphis
  • SisterSong
  • Southwest Boulevard Family Health Care Kansas City
  • SKUC (Slovenia)
  • The Afiya Center
  • The Empowerment Program Denver
  • The Praxis Project
  • The Sophia Forum
  • The Well Project
  • The Women’s Collective Washington, DC
  • Transgender Law Center
  • Tunisian Association of Positive Prévention
  • Women & Life
  • WORLD (Women Organized to Respond to Life-Threatening Diseases)
  • Women With A Vision, Inc.
  • Women’s HIV Program at UCSF

Click below to watch and share the Kaiser Family Foundation film, Empowered, featuring 5 PWN-USA members in conversation with Tonya Lee Lewis:

And watch PWN-USA Georgia member Danielle, AKA Ghetto Rose, perform a spoken word piece on her experience with domestic violence:

Get Involved! Participate in an Event Happening in Your Area!

Regional chapters and groups of PWN-USA members and allied organizations are hosting all kinds of exciting events for the second National Day of Action to End Violence Against Women Living with HIV! Check out these events and see if there is one near you–then grab some friends and show up!

Don’t see anything happening near you? Join our Thunderclap to allow your social media to share the message that HIV status should not equal abuse on October 23 at 11 AM EDT. Join our Twitter Chat at 11 AM EDT (10 CDT, 9 MDT, 8 PDT), co-hosted by the Well Project and National Network to End Domestic Violence. Or click here for more ways to participate!

Empowered Watch Party
Atlanta, GA
Hosted by Our Story, Inc. & PWN
Friday, October 23, 6 – 8 PM
Shy Temple CME Church, 2012 Memorial Dr. SE, Atlanta, GA 30317
Click here for more information and to RSVP on Facebook!

Surviving HIV/AIDS, Intimate Partner Violence and Life Experience Through Poetry and Hip-Hop Rhythms
Atlanta, GA
SisterLove MotherHouse, 1237 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd SW, Atlanta, GA 30310
Tuesday, October 27, 11 AM – 2 PM
Featuring poet/performer Danielle, a.k.a. Ghetto Rose! Refreshments provided. For more information, please contact Tammy Kinney (SassiSixties, Inc.): 404-707-8864; or Lakeisha Coach (SisterLove): 404-254-4734. (see flyer below)

Rally to End Violence Against Women Living with HIV
Baton Rouge, LA
Outside Walmart, 9350 Cortana Pl, Baton Rouge, LA
Saturday, October 24, 10 AM – 2 PM
Contact Meta Smith (metasmith7@gmail.com) for more info.

Conversations On Women’s Health
Winter Haven, FL
Friday, October 23, 11 AM – 2 PM
Winter Haven Garden Center, 3rd Street Northwest, Winter Haven, FL

This inspirational luncheon will gather women together to ignite action around breast cancer, DV awareness, and HIV, featuring speakers Ida Walker and Kamaria Laffrey.

“Break The Silence to Domestic Violence and Raise Our Voices” Domestic Violence Forum
St. Petersburg, FL
Saturday, October 24, 10 AM – 1 PM
Mount Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, 955 20th St S, St Petersburg, FL 33712

This is a free event open to the public that will include the discussion of verbal, physical, financial, emotional, and mental abuse, including speaker and panelist Lepena Reid.

Breaking Our Chains: Ending The Culture of Violence
Washington, DC
Friday, October 23, 10 AM – 4 PM
7059 Blair Rd NW, Washington, DC 20012, USA

This event is a luncheon being held to observe the Day of Action that will include discussion on the intersection of violence and HIV. Click here for more information and to register!

We Survived It All: Intersection of HIV & Domestic Violence from a Survivor’s Perspective
Washington, DC
Thursday, October 22, 2 – 3 PM
The Women’s Collective, 1331 Rhode Island Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20018

Empowered Watch Party, Luncheon & Discussion
Chicago, IL
Friday, October 23, 12 – 1:30 PM
University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Ave., Chicago, IL 60637

Join Positive Women’s Network – United States of America , Care2Prevent at The University of Chicago and Chicago Women’s AIDS Project for screening of Empowered, a short film from Greater Than AIDS discussing the impact of intimate partner violence experienced by women living with HIV. This is a luncheon being held to observe the Day of Action that will include discussion on the intersection of violence and HIV. Click here for more information and to RSVP on Facebook! (also see flyer below)

Balloon Release Honoring The Day of Action
Cincinatti, OH
Saturday, October 17, 1 – 2 PM
7836 Newbedford Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45231

Women of PWN-USA/Ohio will be honoring  Day of Action Ending Violence Against Women Living With HIV with balloons released and prayer.

Couch Discussion On Keeping Women Living With HIV Safe From Violence
Cleveland, OH
Thursday, October 22, 5 – 8 PM
2829 Euclid Ave, Cleveland Ohio 44115

AHF /Taskforce of Greater Cleveland and PWN-USA OHIO will be hosting a couch discussion about issues related to keeping women living with HIV safe from Violence. Click here for more info and to RSVP on Facebook! (also see flyer below for more info)

Empowered Watch Party and Discussion
Kansas City, MO
Saturday, October 24
Embassy Suites, Overland Park, MO
This event is by invitation only–please contact LaTrischa Miles for more information: LaTrischam@kccareclinic.org

Empowered Watch Party
Philadelphia, PA
Friday, October 23, 5:30 – 7 PM
1207 Chestnut St., 2nd floor, Philadelphia, PA (see flyer below for more info)

Empowered Watch Party & Biodegradable Balloon Release
Houston, TX
Friday, October 23, 5 – 7 PM
Montrose Center, 401 Branard St., Houston, TX

Please join the Legacy Community Health, Bee Busy, Inc, and Houston AIDS Research Team Community Advisory Board as we host a watch party of the Greater Than AIDS Campaign film, Empowered, followed by discussion and **biodegradable** balloon release. Contact Venita Ray for more information: vray@legacycommunityhealth.org, 713-299-6123. Click here for more information and/or to RSVP on Facebook!

Empowered Watch Party, Lunch & Discussion
Dallas, TX
Friday, October 23, 12 – 2 PM
Center for Community Cooperation, 2900 Live Oak St., Dallas, TX 75204

On Friday October 23, 2015 The Afiya Center will join Positive Women Network US and other advocates and women centered groups and allies to bring awareness to how women living with HIV are affected by violence and working to end it. We will be viewing Empowered: Women, HIV & Intimate Partner Violence is a new campaign from Greater Than AID. The campaign features Michelle Anderson-Morrison, Dallasite and national advocate for women living with HIV. We welcome you to come and participate in this local national day of action to Speak Out…Ending Violence Against Women Living With HIV….
***lunch served…please RSVP to Donna Wilson 214-900-4347 by 10/20. Click here for more info and to RSVP on Facebook!

“Morning Ruckus Raising”
Boulder, CO
Friday, October 23, 8 – 9:30 AM
Boulder Municipal Building (Broadway & Canyon)
(see flyer below for more info)

“Afternoon Ruckus Raising”
Denver, CO
Friday, October 23, 3 – 5 P
Corner of Colfax & Broadway

At 5:00 PM we’ll encircle the state capitol in a show of solidarity. (see flyer below for more info)

Empowered Watch Party + Panel Discussion
Oakland, CA
Friday, October 23, 1:30 – 3:30 PM
New Parkway Theater, 474 24th St., Oakland 

Please join us for a short film followed by a lively discussion featuring a panel of experts. Click here for more info and/or to RSVP on Facebook! (see flyer below for more info)

Rally to End Violence Against Women Living with HIV
San Diego, CA
Outside NBC TV station, 225 Broadway, San Diego, CA
Contact Jay Blount (msjay46.JC@gmail.com) for more details.

Here’s a sneak peek of the new Kaiser Family Foundation film we will be screening at many of these events: 

Tammy Kinney flyer 10-27 v1

Chicago, IL
Chicago, IL
General invite Leter for Watch Party (1)
Philadelphia, PA

Ending Violence Against Women Living with HIV flyer

PWN-Ohio Flyer for National Day of Action

DoA Oakland flyer FINAL
Oakland, CA