Anti-Violence Project



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about avp

Mission of the Anti-Violence Project

We empower lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and support survivors through counseling and advocacy.

Vision Statement

We envision a world in which all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected people are safe, respected, and live free from violence.

History of the Anti-Violence Project

The New York City Anti-Violence Project was founded in 1980 in reaction to neighborhood incidents of anti-LGBT violence and the failure of the criminal legal system to respond.

AVP remained an all-volunteer organization until 1984, when the first full-time Executive Director was hired. With the addition of full-time staff, AVP was able to broaden its services to provide professional counseling to victims and survivors of hate violence. AVP also began expanding our work beyond bias-motivated violence to include services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and HIV-related violence.

Today, AVP provides free and confidential assistance to thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected (LGBTQH) people each year from all five boroughs of New York City. The organization maintains a 24- hour, Spanish/English bilingual hotline staffed by professional counselors and trained volunteers providing professional and peer support counseling, as well as advocacy with police, courts, and social service agencies.

AVP works with the larger community through efforts to educate the public about violence within and against our communities and to reform government policies and practices affecting LGBTQH and other survivors of violence. AVP works to educate law enforcement, health care professionals, school-based staff, and social service agency personnel on violence issues impacting our communities.  By calling attention to discriminatory and re-victimizing responses, AVP works to hold law enforcement and social service agencies accountable to their obligation for fair and just treatment of LGBTQH people.

Additionally, AVP tracks and documents anti-LGBTQH incidents and domestic violence and uses this information to educate our own communities about safe dating, safe cruising, recognizing the signs of abuse, and much more.  AVP works to change public attitudes that encourage and condone hate-motivated violence, and to promote public policies designed to deter such violence.

AVP Goals and Strategies

AVP 2011 Annual Report

AVP 2010 Annual Report

AVP 990 2010

AVP 990 2011

Board of Directors

Kevin Krueger, Board Chair
Ovita Williams, LCSW-R, Vice Chair
Kenneth Rogers, CPA, Treasurer
Thomas Salatte, Secretary


Jerry Blake
Addy Chabata
Kevin Costin
Todd Grasinger

Elizabeth Kivlan
Theodore McCombs
Thomas Negron
Andrew Owens
Lauren Wainwright
Elwin Wu

AVP Staff Listing

   Executive Office


Sharon Stapel
Executive Director


Joseph J. Barretto
Deputy Director, in charge of Development and Communications


Ejeris Dixon
Deputy Director, in charge of Community Organizing and Public Advocacy


Catherine Shugrue dos Santos
Deputy Director, in charge of Client Services


Carla Smith
Deputy Director, in charge of Finance and Administration


Finance and Administration

Elsa Gjyshi
Bookkeeper and Contract Manager

Kate Traub
Executive/Programs Assistant


Community Organizing and Public Advocacy

Tasha Amezcua
Program Associate in Community Organizing and Public Advocacy


Chai Jindasurat
National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs Coordinator


Joyce C.W. Li
Local Organizer and Volunteer Coordinator


Darlene S. Torres
Education and Hotline Coordinator

Client Services

Sarah Brook
Sexual Violence and Domestic Violence Counselor /Advocate


Ursula Campos-Gatjens
Domestic Violence Counselor/Advocate


Victoria Cruz
Senior Domestic Violence Counselor/Advocate


Yesenia Gorbea, MSW
Community Based Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence Counselor/Advocate


Chanel Lopez
Community-Based Counselor/Advocate


Jarad Ringer, LMSW
Hate Violence and Police Relations Program Coordinator


Marie Romeo
Domestic Violence Program Coordinator


Desiree Rucker
Client Services Administrative Assistant


Jase Schwartz
Hate Violence Counselor/Advocate


Development and Communications

Mark J. Buhrmester
Major Gifts Officer


Andrea N. Durojaiye
Development and Communications Associate


Sue Yacka
Grants and Communications Coordinator



Please see our Services section to learn about the services the Anti-Violence Project provides.

To ensure the safety and welfare of our community, please consider making a tax-deductible gift to AVP.

View AVP's IRS form 990 from 2008 and 2009


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