New York, NY, November 15, 2022. This year, the 2022 POZ 100 list is recognizing Latino advocates who have made exemplary contributions to the fight against HIV/AIDS. Among them, eight employees of the Latino Commission on AIDS have received this distinction: Guillermo Chacon, Joaquin Carcaño, Aleida Espinal, Edric Figueroa, Luis Mares, Judith Montenegro, Michael Montero and Aracelis Quiñones.
Latino advocates were highlighted this year due to the fact that while Latinos make up 19% of the population; they account for 25% of people living with HIV and 29% of new diagnoses. This year's honorees, including our staff, work to address racism, homophobia, HIV stigma, and language barriers that obstruct people from seeking care and prevention services. Below you can read an excerpt from POZ magazine about the work each Latino Commission employee is doing to address the needs and further the movement. Please support and learn more about all of the POZ 100 Latino Advocates by visiting POZ online.