Responding to Violence in our Community

DC LGBTQ Survivors of Violence, Hate Crimes, Sexual Assault, and Intimate Partner Violence

Over the past several years, the LGBTQ community has seen a steady increase in hate crimes nationwide.   As the National Coalition of Anti-Violence reminds us people of color, transgender and gender non-conforming people continue to make up the majority of victims of LGBTQ and HIV affected related hate violence.

The DC Center strongly condemns all hate-motivated attacks: those that have garnered headlines in the news as well as those that have remained hidden. People in the LGBT community deserve to live in a safe and supportive environment and these crimes undermine the worth and dignity of the entire population.

The DC Anti-Violence Project, a program of the DC Center, works to reduce violence against LGBTQ individuals (and those perceived as LGBTQ) through community outreach, education, and monitoring cases to ensure that the rights and dignity of LGBTQ victims are respected and protected. DCAVP also seeks to assist victims of anti-LGBT violence by advocating on their behalf, encouraging reporting, and providing a community of support.

In a time where acts of violence against the LGBT community (and other communities that intersect with ours) are up, funding for supportive services for victims are scarce.   We will continue to work with the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs, Metropolitan Police Department, and all other interested community partners to address this growing issue of concern.

We invite all interested parties to attend the next meeting of the DC Anti-Violence Project on Thursday September 27th at 7:00 PM. All of the city’s leaders and the community’s stakeholders need to be engaged to resolve this pressing problem. As a center for the LGBT and broader community at large, we open our doors to ALL victims of violence, including domestic and hate related violence, and seek solutions to promote a safe as possible environment for all.

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Job Opening at the DC Center: Center Latinx Coordinator – Position Filled

Job Opportunities at the DC Center for the LGBT Community

The DC Center is looking for a motivated, energetic individual to coordinate its Center Latinx program, which centers queer, trans, non-binary, Black, brown, Indigenous, Two-Spirit, and disabled Latinxs in the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) area.

This is a part-time, staff position that will require approximately 15 hours of work per week between October 2018 and September 2019.

The employee will be in charge of:

  • Managing the Center Latinx program, including all of its events, community partner relationships, social media pages, bilingual monthly newsletters, blogs, and more
  • Administering the Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs grant that funds Center Latinx, including drafting all quarterly and final reports, and tracking the budget and workplan,
  • Organizing bi-monthly meetings of the Latinx LGBTQIA+ Coalition, a loose collective of trans and queer Latinx individuals and organizations in the DMV area
  • Organizing a job readiness training to expand DC’s Latinx LGBTQIA+ community’s workforce development
  • Planning town halls, community dialogues, and workshops on issues that impact Latinx LGBTQIA+ communities,
  • Hosting arts and cultural events that uplift Latinx hxstories and diverse communities
  • Building relationships and uplift members of the local community, and seek ways to collaborate to transform the lives of Latinx LGBTQIA+ people in DC
  • Working with DC Center staff as needed, and uphold the mission and values of the organization
  • Educating themselves on the many DC Center programs and other local resources, including housing and other emergency assistance, and staff the support desk as needed

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have a personal and deep understanding of issues that impact Latinx LGBTQIA+ communities in DC and beyond,
  • Be proficient at speaking Spanish in a professional and community setting,
  • Have experience with event organizing and planning,
  • Know how to use grassroots organizing methods and social media to reach community members, and
  • Be highly self-motivated and able to work flexible hours, including some nights and weekends.

Interested individuals can contact Justin Johns at or (202) 682-2245 with questions or to apply for the position with a cover letter and resume. Please submit all applications by close of business on Monday, October 8th.