On Friday, officials with the Border AIDS Partnership announced that four organizations from Juárez and El Paso would receive $50,000 in grants from the organization next week.
The official presentation of funds from Border AIDS Partnership to the organizations will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, February 21 in the El Paso Community Foundation Room, 333 North Oregon.
The organizations and the programs receiving funding this year are:
Programa Compañeros of Cd. Juárez, Chihuahua
- Compas Gay($4,200)– An outreach project for gay youth and men, transgender women, IV drug users, male sex workers and men who have sex with men (MSM) from Juárez, El Paso and Las Cruces, NM, who have a high vulnerability to contracting HIV. Compas Gay facilitates access to HIV prevention supplies, rapid testing and peer promoters to distribute preventive messages.
- Yo esCOJO mi Seguridad /I Choose Me Security($4,200)– The project provides Rapid HIV/STI testing, promotes safer sexual practices and distributes preventative supplies to women who conduct sex work, those deprived of liberty, those with multiple sexual partners and adolescent women.
- Safer Consumption Sites($4,200)– The project seeks to change the conditions of “shooting galleries” and reduce the risk of HIV transmission by providing safe injection equipment, Naloxone and education services focused on overdose prevention and harm reduction strategies.
- Health Navigators: Unifying Efforts to Improve the Quality of Life for PLWHA($4,700)– Works to remove the stigma of and discrimination against people with HIV/AIDS, promotes healthy behaviors, and strengthens the enrollment and retention in health services for people living with HIV and AIDS by providing trained, motivated peer navigators, and personalized case management/assistance to improve patient/health care provider relationships
Centro Caritativo, Cd. Juárez, Chihuahua
- Preventing HIV For Life($6,000)– Focuses on socially and economically disadvantaged (high school students from 4 southeast city schools, and those on probation and/or in trouble with the law) by providing workshops to teach young people ages 12 to 18 skills to carry out safer and/or protected sex and provide information about health resources and treatments related to STI and HIV.
Alliance of Border Collaboratives – El Paso, TX
- Expansion of TransFronterizxs Project($8,200) – Supports ongoing efforts of the initial TransFronterizxs project by providing high-risk transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) individuals in the El Paso-Juárez area with financial support for PrEP/PEP copays, physicians copay, transportation for appointments, HIV testing, counseling, and updating legal documentation, etc.
- El Paso Harm Reduction Alliance($8,500) – Improves access to syringes and drug use equipment among people who inject drugs (PWID), provides outreach to PWID in high-risk settings (shooting galleries, etc.), and increases access to current and evidence-based harm-reduction education.
Borderland Rainbow Center – El Paso, TX
- HIV Education Across the Lifespan ($10,000) – Provides workshops to underserved, high-risk populations, including the deaf community, women of color, elderly, and youth under the age of 24, in West Texas and Southern New Mexico.