Through community organizing, education, policy and research, the Community Organizing and Public Advocacy (COPA) Department works towards shifting policy, building power of community members and responding to incidents of anti-LGBTQ violence in order to create systemic change in people’s lives.
AVP engages in local community organizing work through our Community Action Committees. Learn about AVP’s current campaigns and get involved.
We collaborate with community-based organizations, city agencies and elected officials locally, state and nationwide, working interdisciplinary to end violence against the LGBTQ community. Notably, AVP is on the Steering Committee of Communities United for Police Reform.
Our Training and Education Institute leads hundreds of trainings annually with community members, law enforcement, court staff, district attorneys, rape crisis centers, domestic violence agencies and other mainstream health and human service providers. We also have several political education programs for community members ranging from public speaking to campaign planning. Request a training and learn more about our upcoming workshops for community members.
We coordinate the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs and the New York State LGBTQ IPV Network.
We’re always seeking volunteers to support our work from Pride to street based outreach to covering our front desk. Join our team of over volunteers and become an AVP community member today.