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February 28, 2019 at 6:00 pm
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Community Heroes Award Ceremony

Please join us for The New York City Anti-Violence Project’s Community Heroes Award Ceremony.
Thursday February 28, 2019 from 6-8PM
Hosted by HBO
1100 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 

AVP’s Community Heroes Awards celebrates the volunteers, community members, and supporters who make our critical work possible.

This event is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served.

This year we celebrate:

Karen Satin (Community Hero Award Recipient): Since retiring, Karen has dedicated her time to community service  – at AVP as well as other community-based organizations. Karen brings her unique blend of efficiency and humor, fierce commitment to community, as well as vivacious personality as she welcomes visitors to AVP as a front desk volunteer.

TransLatinx Network (Community Hero Award Recipient): The TransLatinx Network provides support services and builds community with translatinx women. They are a member of the Transgender & Gender Nonconfirming (TGNC) Solutions Coalition and the Trans Equity Initiative. For many years, they were a part of the fight to pass the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) in New York State. In 2019 they are standing on their own for the first time, after outgrowing The LGBTQ Center and moving into their own space.

Rumi Akong (Victoria Cruz Award Recipient): Rumi is a graduate of the inaugural class of AVP’s TGNC Leadership Academy, a six-month program that blends leadership development with organizing skills. This last year, they were the emcee for the Audre Lorde Project’s (ALP) Trans Day of Remembrance and Resilience, and have since accepted ALP’s staff position of TransJustice Coordinator.

Lorena Borjas (Victoria Cruz Award Recipient): Lorena is a trans Latina community activist based in Queens. She works primarily as a patient retention specialist at Community Healthcare Network where she hosts workshops and refers community members to AVP’s Legal and Client Services Programs. In 2011, she founded the Lorena Borjas Community Fund—a non-profit bail fund which provides bail money to LGBTQ New Yorkers.

LaLa Zannell (Special Appreciation): AVP will recognize former Lead Organizer LaLa Zannell. While at AVP, LaLa was instrumental to the growth of AVP’s community presence, including: speaking at the White House for the first Women’s History Month briefing to include transwoman; speaking at the last TGNC people of color briefing under the Obama Administration; and testifying at the first historic Congressional Forum on Violence Against Transgender People. LaLa is the recipient of numerous awards and recognition, including most recently the Gay City News Award (2018). LaLa recently joined the American Civil Liberties Union as Trans Issues and Campaigns Manager.

Please contact Charles Pressler,, with any questions about this event.