We designed a convening and research project in 2013 that produced the ground-breaking report, A Roadmap for Change: Federal Policy Recommendations Addressing the Criminalization of LGBT people and People Living with HIV. The report's release set the stage for the formation of this national network in 2014. Over the past 4 years, the Vaid Group team has helped organize and staff this national network of over 50 organizations, and over 120 individuals, working to reduce the harms caused by criminal legal systems to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) persons and people living with HIV (PLHIV). The network is now being directed by Black and Pink, a prison abolitionist organization supporting LGBTQ and HIV-positive prisoners. This initiative has been supported by: Mandel-Rodis Fund, Elton John AIDS Foundation, Ford Foundation, Palette Fund, H. Van Ameringen Foundation.
The Vaid Group initiated and helped staff a participatory research and organizing project conducted by 9 organizations. The goal was to develop a national poverty policy agenda that could help increase awareness and engagement on issues affecting low-income and poor LGBTQ communities, and to increase engagement by the LGBTQ movement to address and end poverty in the US. Over 220 people contributed input for a report titled Intersecting Injustice: Addressing LGBTQ Poverty and Economic Justice for All which was published in May of 2018. Our partners in producing the report include: Center for American Progress, National LGBTQ Task Force, Transgender Law Center, National Center for Lesbian Rights, Whitman Walker Clinic, Trans Women of Color Collective, CUNY Graduate Center Social Justice Sexuality Project, and the Williams Institute at UCLA Law School. The Vaid's Group work on its poverty initiative has been supported by the Ford Foundation, New York Women's Foundation, the Williams Institute, Wellspring Philanthropic Fund, and the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice.
We are currently networking LGBT Centers around the country to support each other working on anti-poverty initiatives and bringing together LGBT and anti-poverty organizations into an anti-poverty action network. Find more information at lgbtqpoverty.info.