Malaya Mañacop, MSW (she/her/hers) served as an Education Specialist for HIV Youth Services at HMI from 2018-2019, during which time she also represented organization as an expert panelist in numerous  discussion panels centered around HIV/AIDS. Prior to HMI, Malaya held various positions that focused on HIV/AIDS and transgender programs for organizations like GMHC and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

After HMI, Malaya worked at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center as Care Coordinator of their Adolescent Health program. She also served as a representative of the NYC HIV Planning Council, and a founding member of the Trans Justice Committee for GAPIMNY, an organization that empowers queer and trans Asian Pacific Islanders to create positive change. Malaya’s work over the years has aimed to center on the long legacies of trans and queer liberation.

Recognized as a social worker, researcher and cultural worker, Malaya also worked on a pilot research study with the San Francisco Department of Public Health to support trans women living with HIV. She also has worked with students on the GLSEN National Student Council.

Malaya has worked tirelessly throughout her career as a social worker and community organizer, centering her work around LGBTQIA+ individuals, people living with HIV, people of color, and people who come from immigrant families or immigrant backgrounds. She earned her B.S. in Business Administration – Management at San Diego State University and her Master of Social Work (MSW) from NYU.

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