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March 17, 2023
Filing taxes can be complex, even more so for us in LGBTQ+ community. Since many of us stand at one or more intersections, often with one or more jobs or sources of income, navigating our taxes can get complicated. AVP understands this and wants to ensure that our community is covered this tax season. On March 20, 2023, AVP, in partnership with Grow Brooklyn and Mobilization for Justice, will be hosting ‘Taming Your Taxes’ a free, live [...]
March 8, 2023
Mohamed Amin originally came to AVP as a client in 2013 and quickly became an organizer to raise awareness about hate crimes and create community for queer Caribbean voices in NYC. Mohamed launched his own nonprofit, the Caribbean Equality Project (CEP), in 2015 and has continued to uplift, connect, and serve others all while telling his story. After Pulse, Mohamed advocated for queer Muslim voices and organized conferences, historical retrospect[...]
Our current Director of Client Services, Darlene Torres, has been with AVP for almost two decades. Darlene has demonstrated a powerful ability to create a welcoming community for all. AVP recently caught up with Darlene and discussed sustainability, the hotline, and spiritual violence. How did you first learn about AVP and how did you first get connected? I learned about AVP back in 1999. I was working at a reproductive health orga[...]
February 22, 2023
Nearly 300 American businesses, organizations and groups led by or serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people completed the inaugural LGBTQ Safe Spaces Protection Project National Needs Assessment survey so far. The online survey, conducted by the New York City Anti-Violence Project and Strength in Numbers Consulting Group, measured anti-LGBTQ hate incidents against LGBTQ spaces, businesses and organizations across the U[...]
Carla Smith has spent over twenty-five years working on ending violence. Currently, Carla is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Urban Resource Institute (URI), the largest provider of domestic violence shelter services in the United States. During her time at AVP, she worked initially managing grants and then after her first year as Director of Finance and Administration until 2015. We spoke about trauma-informed care, consulting work, [...]
February 16, 2023
“The way he left this world was personal,” she said. “It was intentional.” - Danielle Matthews, mother of Deandre Matthews said to reporters. AVP will be holding a vigil in memory of Deandre Matthews, a 19-year-old black, gay man who was brutally murdered in Brooklyn, NY in early February. Deandre was last seen on February 6, 2023, and was found on February 7th shot and burned on freight tracks in Midwood, BK. AVP is amplifying the voice [...]
February 14, 2023
This February, the New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) will attend Creating Change 2023 in San Francisco, CA with hundreds of LGBTQ organizations from around the country. AVP will release the preliminary results of the LGBTQ National Needs Assessment survey, along with strategic workshops to equip LGBTQ organizations with the tools to protect their spaces and community members. The troubling rise in anti-LGBTQ harassment and hate violenc[...]
February 11, 2023
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT: Orie Givens, Director of Communications firstname.lastname@example.org (NEW YORK) The New York City Anti-Violence Project issues the following statement from Executive Director Beverly Tillery in response to the death of Deandre Matthews, a 19-year-old Black queer man from Brooklyn: “Every neighborhood in New York City should be a safe place for Black LGBTQ young people to be, and no one should have t[...]
January 30, 2023
Being there for our community is what we do at AVP, and for the first time since 2020, we are thrilled to announce the return of office walk-in hours! AVP's services are designed by and for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, queer and non-binary people, and people living with HIV who have also experienced violence or harm. Our free and confidential support is for people in our communities who have experienced [...]
December 13, 2022
Hate-based violence is not new, nor are threats to our community. But data shows that a specific type of threat towards LGBTQ people is growing and requires a community-led strategy to solve. In the wake of the shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and countless threats against LGBTQ people and places now is the time to take action to protect our safe spaces. “The organizations and groups we have connected with are beco[...]
November 29, 2022
The New York City Anti-Violence Project issues the following statement from Executive Director Beverly Tillery in response to New York City Mayor Eric Adams' directive to first responders concerning involuntary hospitalization. New York, NY – “As the country's largest LGBTQ anti-violence organization experienced in providing crisis response and support for over 40 years, AVP knows that Mayor Adams’ directive to begin involuntarily hospit[...]
November 20, 2022
(New York) The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, issues the following statement in response to the anti-LGBTQ hate violence in Colorado Springs, Colo. Our community is mourning twice over as we process the tragic news of a shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs, Colo., on this sacred day in our community, Trans Day of Remembrance and Resilience. We are saddened and angered that five people lost their lives in such a senseless act o[...]