Cristina Herrera, CEO & Founder
Cristina founded the Translatina Network back in 2007, in order to organized and empower the transgender immigrant community through leadership development and education. Over the years she has served on countless panels, committees and boards in order to provide expertise on effective HIV prevention and community organizing. Cristina has been presented with awards and recognitions by NYC DOH, The AIDS Institute, City Council , the Queens Borough President and many organizations.
Cristina was formerly the Trans Program Coordinator at the Lesbian, Gay Bisexual & Transgender Community Center (The Center), where she worked for eleven years. She oversaw the workforce development program that is specifically designed to meet the needs of the TGNC community. She has been working in the field of HIV prevention, advocacy and community organizing for 18 years.
Laura Silvestre, Associate Director of HIV Prevention
Laura is the Associate Director of HIV Prevention at Translatina Network. She recently graduated with a Bachelors in Psychology from Brooklyn College. She is attending the Silberman School of Social Work in the fall to get her MSW degree. She will be learning under the Organizational Management and Leadership Method. Laura lives in Queens, New York and her ethnicity is Dominican.
She enjoys learning about ways to continue to support prevention effort for the LGBTQ community as a dedicated Ally. Laura is currently in charge of daily activities at our HQ and is giving the organization a more modernized and youthful point of view to our programming. She is also an active participant in the DOHMH’s Women’s Advisory Board to help in the efforts to end HIV/ AIDS.
Charlotte Shum, Peer Health Coordinator
Charlotte was born in New York City with a passion for helping others. She believes in education as a means of advocacy and enjoys applying creative solutions to challenging situations. She is a member of many advisory boards and has devoted her life to drawing out the potential leaders of the communities she interacts with.
Meilene Belmont, Peer Health Ambassador
Meilene is originally from Mexico and came to the United states when she was 14 years old. Back in 2016, Meilene was working as a hairstylist in Brooklyn, where she gained her amazing customer service skills. She began transitioning in 2012 and continues her journey to this day. Meilene Belmont is a Peer Health Ambassador at Translatina Network. She graduated from the TGNC Leadership Space ll, which is a workforce development program that incorporates the development of different soft skills, HIV Prevention, and Resume writing. She continues to grow her career in Translatina Network by assisting and providing community health services to the LGBT Community.
Peer Health Advisor
Pearl is a transgender female from Taiwan. She is an activist and a educator. Pearl enjoys providing information on HIV prevention and promoting safer sex. Pearl is part of Translatina Network’s peer leadership training.
Christine Perez, Peer Health Advisor
Christine is originally from El Salvador, but has been living in New York for 18 years. She began her transition back in 2001. She is a Trans-Advocate and enjoys speaking publicly on issues concerning the LGBTQ immigrant community. She participates in community outreach in Jackson Heights where she distributes information on HIV Testing, PrEP/PEP, medical services and other community resources. Christine leads our leadership Development work in NYC as one of our facilitators for our Brooklyn monthly groups and Queens weekly group at Voces Latinas. She loves being a resource to the community and enjoys serving the needs of her group members.Christine@translatinanetwork.org
Nicole Teyuca, Peer Health Ambassador
Nicole is originally from Mexico and came to New York when she was 16, where she started living her life as female a year later. Back in those days, there was no place for transgender girls to go to look for help or education, about hormones or any others issues that they were going through. She lived mostly in Spanish neighborhoods like Jackson Heights in Queens, where she and her transgender sisters struggled with discrimination and sexual and physical abuse on the street. Sex work was the main way to survive, since jobs and health education were extremely limited. Nicole’s experience navigating this environment led her to activism: she is particularly passionate about HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment and mental healthcare access, especially in undocumented communities. 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 a Trans-Advocate and enjoys speaking publicly on issues concerning the LGBTQ Spanish-speaking immigrant community, and she is not afraid to speak her mind in order to help others.
Olive Daddi, Workforce Development Coordinator
Olive was born and raised in Manhattan, and attended Smith College for Architecture. Olive co-facilitates the TGNC Leadership Space workforce program and also meets with clients one-on-one to work on resumes and cover letters.
Ninotska Love, Summer Intern
Ninotska Love is a rising senior at Wellesley College. She is originally from Ecuador, and lived in New York for eight years before moving to Wellesley. Ninotska transferred to Wellesley from LaGuardia Community College as a Kaplan Leadership Scholar. She is currently the Resident Assistant at Cedar Lodge and a Research Assistant at the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) in the Wellesley Centers for Women. Ninotska is majoring in Women’s and Gender Studies and minoring in Philosophy. As one of the first out trans women accepted to Wellesley College, Ninotska hopes to contribute to the college community and beyond being a spokesperson for the Latinx, immigrant, and LGBTQI communities. This is why she is currently interning over the summer at Translatinx Network to involve herself more in what affect the trans community and how as an advocate she can help them. Lastly, she is also volunteering at Immigration Justice Corps working and advocating for undocumented immigrants in the NYC area.