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I'm alicia.


At YWCA USA, alicia created the Dr. Dorothy Height Women of Color Leadership Program, a first of it's kind leadership pipeline for Native women and women and gender expansive people of color YWCA staff across the United States. At FAAN Mail (Fostering Activism and Alternatives Now!), alicia cofounded a media literacy and activism project by and for young women of color in Philadelphia and Washington, DC. Through the process of “talking back” (bell hooks) to media and creating new alternatives with each other and teen girls, FAAN Mail deconstructs and challenges hegemonic representations and messages within media and society. At Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS), alicia deepened CASS's commitment to a practice of transformative justice for survivors of gendered violence with survivor safety and anti-carceral praxis at the center of the work by creating DC’s first queer and trans people of color-led Transformative Justice working group for survivors of gendered violence.


alicia’s work has been featured in The Feminist Wire, Latina Magazine, The Grio, The Journal of Family Violence, ReWire, Voices Journal on Psychotherapy, Chronicle of Philanthropy and she's been quoted in The Washington Post, Colorlines, The Guardian, and Bustle. alicia’s writing is featured in the anthology Love WITH Accountability: Digging Up the Roots of Child Sexual Abuse, by Aishah Shahidah Simmons. alicia has written several toolkits including a national HUD Toolkit, increasing provider capacity to work with LGBTQ survivors in public housing, and a national HIV/DV curriculum allowing providers from the anti-violence sector and the HIV/AID care continuum to deepen their understanding of the intersection of domestic violence and HIV/AIDS and develop strategies to collaborate in their work.


alicia has spoken to large and small groups, from the steps of Capitol Hill to colleges, universities, and conferences including New York University, Johns Hopkins University, Manhattanville College, Columbia University, George Washington University, and Virginia Commonwealth University. She has done consulting, training and facilitation for Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, The Washington Peace Center, South Asians Leading Together (SAALT), The DC Rape Crisis Center, Mijente, Share Our Strength, The National Network to End Domestic Violence, The Robert Carr Fund, Save the Children, The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, and The Women of Color Network, Inc.


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