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 is also a Trans Program Coordinator at the Lesbian, Gay Bisexual & Transgender Community Center (The Center). We she oversee 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 16 years.
Laura Silvestre, Associate Director of HIV Prevention
Laura is the Peer Health Coordinator 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.
"Every young person should have a safe place where they can learn and celebrate who they are"
Charlotte Shum, Peer Health Coordinator
Charlotte was born in New York City with a passion for helping others. She enjoys conduction empowerment groups and linking community members to community resources. She enjoys applying creative solutions to challenging situations.
"There are so many ways that we can approach life. So many strengths that we overlook and weaknesses that we dwell on. I want to change that."
Peer Health Ambassador
I am Elizabeth Guzman, an Ecuadorian activist and entrepreneur. I fight for the rights of the LGBT community. When I was young, I began to experience people refusing to accept me because I am different. Growing up in a country where people like me were rarely accepted was rough and intimidating. Although my life was not easy, I worked hard toward graduating and earned my degree in Business Administration. At 19, I traveled to New York City in search of acceptance and a better life. I could finally begin to be myself without fear. I began my transition when I was 21 years old. I suffered discrimination and rejection, but it led me to activism, to standing up for the rights of us who are left behind. I havevolunteered with organizations such as Lorena Borjas. I am currently part of the Translatina Network thanks to Cristina Herrera. I continue my journey as a survivor of a dysfunctional society. With the support of Translatina Network I will work hard to become a role model for our community and continue to fight for equal rights.
Alaska Belmont, Peer Health Ambassador
Alaska is originally from Mexico and came to the United states when she was 14 years old. Back in 2016, Alaska 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. Alaska 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.
"My life is beautiful because of my community"
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.
Olivia Daddi, Workforce Development Coordinator
Olivia is a nonbinary educator, researcher, designer, and community worker. They graduated from Smith College in 2017 with a degree in Architecture and Urbanism, and had the opportunity to co-lead an immigrant rights student organization there. They currently enjoy supporting members in reaching goals, and working for the success and freedom of the trans community. Olivia has recently begun their transition, and was born and raised in NYC.