About Us

"This is our story, our fight, our identity"

About Translatinx Network

Translatinx Network has both a local and national focus, with a mission to promote the healthy development of trans people through the delivery of a wide range of information and services. Through promotion, outreach in education, and capacity-building, we encourage and strengthen the creation of safe and productive environments for TGNC+ community members.

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How Our Story Began

The driving force behind Translatinx Network is our transfeminist peers and colleagues. Our initiative was born out of their collective efforts fighting for Translatinx rights in New York. As community members and providers, we continue to lead the way while remembering: “This is our story, our fight, our identity as Translatina women '' – we are a strong team, and we deliver strong results! We are an exceptional team providing everything you need to stay informed and actively engaged with your community.

Our Mission

Translatinx Network increases the capacity of all transgender community members through advocacy, education, and social support.

Our Vision

Our vision is to implement sustainable programs that improve the quality of life of all transgender community members for years to come.

Our Core Values

At Translatinx Network, we value freedom, kinship, dignity, and personhood:

  1. We value the Freedom to live in our truth.
  2. We value the Kinship that connects us.
  3. We value Dignity and it is reflected in all aspects of our work.
  4. We value our right to Personhood.

Leadership Team

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Cristina Herrera, CEO & Founder


Cristina founded Translatina Network in 2007, in order to organize and empower the transgender immigrant community through leadership development and education. Cristina was formerly the Transgender Programs Coordinator at the Lesbian, Gay Bisexual & Transgender Community Center (The Center), where she worked in various roles for eleven years. In her final role there prior to moving into a full-time staff leadership at TN, she oversaw the development of workforce development programming specifically designed to meet the needs of the TGNC community. A leader in the field of TGNC services, HIV prevention, advocacy and community organizing for 18 years, Cristina she has served on countless panels, committees and boards, and has been presented with awards and recognitions by NYC DOH, AIDS Institute, New York City Council, the Queens Borough President, and many organizations.



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Simon Chartrand, Workforce Development Manager


Simon is a Workforce Development Coordinator at Translatinx Network. His interests include serving transgender and immigrant communities. He participated in the TGNCNB Leadership Collective, where he learned how to organize within trans, gender nonconforming, and nonbinary organizations. He helped develop trans-focused events and co-facilitated a transgender support group in Queens. He previously taught French language courses at CUNY Hunter and Baruch, where he discovered his passion as an educator and activist. In his free time, he likes to take his puppy to the dog park.


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Meilene Belmont, Associate Director of HIV Services and Prevention.


Meilene is the Associate Director of HIV Services and Prevention at Translatinx Network (TN). She directs health programming and supervises TN staff. Meilene's enhanced capacity on HIV Prevention and community social work has given her the chance to work directly with Transgender Gender Non-Conforming, Non-Binary (TGNCNB) individuals with referral and linkage to medical care. Originally from Mexico, Meilene came to the United States when she was 14 years old. Meilene’s participation in TN’s TGNC Leadership Space program in 2016 enhanced different soft skills, elevated her resume, and provided the foundational expertise in HIV prevention, contributing to her being hired on the TN team.


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Nicole Teyuca, HIV Services Senior Program Coordinator 


Nicole provides community outreach and co-facilitates support and leadership programming. Originally from Mexico, Nicole came to New York when she was 16, she is a passionate activism: she advocates for the immigrant community to get access to HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment and mental healthcare. She began her career in advocacy at 17, volunteering at Spanish community organizations, doing outreach and participating in forums representing the transgender community. During the era of Stop and Frisk, she was arrested several times just for walking in the streets, and responded by volunteering at community organizations that were eventually able to end the discriminatory policy. Nicole enjoys being an advocate and speaks publicly on issues concerning the LGBTQ Spanish-speaking immigrant community.


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Sin Jones, TGNC Services Coordinator 


Sin is an educator, writer and community builder originally from Brooklyn, New York. They have worked extensively in programming, arts education and tech. As a queer person with multiple intersections they have always fought for the rights of BIPOC, queer and trans communities to exist and thrive. They believe community is the foundation for any activism and fostering community is one of their biggest passions. As a New York native they are honored to be serving members of their community right here in NYC, through their work with Translatinx Network. In their free time they enjoy reading, writing poetry and practicing meditation and mindfulness.



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Avery Hernandez, PAWH Coordinator


Avery is a native New Yorker fluent in Spanish and English equally. Before joining The Translatinx Network team, he spent 5 years working with immigrant families and people of marginalized groups living in Brownsville and the South Bronx. Avery's responsibility in his previous work was to help families access services within the organization to better the overall living situation. Avery was fortunate enough when getting his undergraduate degree in Psychology at Hunter College to attend and present at conferences under the guidance of Dr. Patricia Broderick at City Colleges Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Engineering Program. Avery's main activities are to do exercise and travel.



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David J. Franco, Senior Coordinator of Community Health Services


My name is David Franco, and I’m from El Salvador. I moved from my native country due to the homophobia that we have to endure; due to lack of sensitivity of Homophobic people, I suffered a lot of abuse due to my sexual orientation, from strangers and family alike. Thanks to a transgender woman who helped me connect to Translatinx Network, I have graduated from our Outreach Education Program, which is a peer education training program at TN, and now I feel more confident. I have learned that nothing is impossible if one sets out to achieve it, to love myself no matter what they say about me, and to do what my heart dictates in order to help others who are going through the same thing.



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Ms. Leonard Tyndall, Community Enrichment Coordinator


Ms. Leonard Tyndall, is originally from Guyana, South America. She was recently certified as a Peer Worker with the NYS Department of Health Aids Institute, and she is a proud graduate of the ARRIVE program at Exponents and the Advanced Leadership Space Program at Translatinx Network. Ms. Leonard is a HIV/Aids counseling and tester, she recently worked for Bright Point Health as a Peer Outreach Specialist and  now as the Community Enrichment Coordinator at Translatinx Network's. As a Trans Activist, Ms. Leonard would like to advocate and support the black LGBTQ+ community and end transphobia.


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Christine Perez, Senior Educator for Health and Telehealth Programming


Christine leads our community outreach in Jackson Heights where she distributes information on HIV Testing, PrEP/PEP, medical services and other community resources, in addition to facilitating leadership development programming at our monthly group in Brooklyn and weekly group in Queens. Originally from El Salvador, Christine has been living in New York for 18 years and began transitioning in 2001. She is a fierce community advocate and enjoys speaking publicly on issues concerning the LGBTQ immigrant community.


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Victoria Orellana, Peer Health Advisor


Victoria is a trans woman from Honduras, who came to New York looking for new opportunities. She has worked for several LGTBQ+ community organizations, where she learned the skills to better advocate for the trans community. Victoria believes in strong relationships and continues supporting rallies and town halls to stop discrimination and hate crime. Victoria graduated from the TGNC leadership space, where she learned outreach skills, communication and prevention work. Victoria is currently the peer health advisor at TN


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Rafael Romero, Peer Health Advisor


Rafael is originally from Venezuela and arrived in New York in 2015. After venturing into different work areas, he had the opportunity to volunteer at  Betances Health Center where he began his career in the area of HIV testing. Some time later he joined Camba where he worked for more than 5 years and developed a strong bond not only with people living with HIV but also with members of the immigrant LGBTQ+ community to which he belongs. Based on respect and empathy, he had the opportunity to manage their cases and improve their quality of life by connecting them with the resources offered by the city.


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Adriana Ortiz, Peer Health Advisor


Adriana, was born in Peru. She came to the United States in 2019. She began her transition in 2003. She worked as a hair colorist in Peru. She shared many years of her life with young transsexuals, advising them on their transition processes and social and family development. She is committed to freedom, love, life and the creation of chosen families. Our life is the best visibility and helps to destigmatize our community and future generations. She is passionate about community outreach where she shares information with her community and listens to their needs.



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Cynthia Gonzalez, Peer Health Advisor


Cynthia is a trans activist from Mexico, who has been living in New York City since 2001. She emigrated to the United States looking for new personal opportunities and professional development. Cynthia had the opportunity to participate in several organizations Including Translatinx Network (TN) which provides social support, workforce development and improves the lives of the TGNC-NB communities, where she obtained training education on sexual health, outreach and HIV/STI prevention which includes PrEP/PEP. Recently at TN, she had graduated from the Advanced Leadership Space, where she received the certification for CPR, First Aid and HIV confidentiality. Cynthia is looking forward to continuing fighting for equality for health care, housing and employment.


Support Staff

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Andrea Garcia, Administrative Assistant for HIV Services and Prevention


Andrea is the Administrative Assistant for HIV Services at Translatinx Network. Originally from Colombia, Andrea used to work at “La Casa de La Mujer” which is an organization that helps women who are victims of domestic violence. In 2019, Andrea came to the United States in order to find new opportunities. As an immigrant, she continues to improve the English language. Andrea can relate to the many needs that our community faces since she has experienced many hardships.  Andrea looks forward to sharing her experience of resilience and knowledge to empower others in the LGBTQ+ community.  One of Andrea's favorite activities is to travel around the world.


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Elena Waldman, Administration Manager


Elena Waldman has been fighting the binary since 1964. Born and raised in Queens, their personal, professional, and academic life has been dedicated to dismantling systems of oppression and violence. Elena is also a well-known self defense and Karate instructor, and has collaborated with a diverse spectrum of organizations, from local PTOs to the annual Trans Wellness Conference, from South Asian advocacy groups in Queens, to harm reduction centers in Philadelphia.