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Participant Churches
Center For Peace
Church of Christ the King RC
Church of the Holy Spirit RC
Church of the Immaculate Conception RC
Church of the Mediator
Fordham Manor Church
Iglesia Bautista Misionera
Iglesia Pentecostal Jehová Shalom
Ministerio Levántate Mujer
Misión San Juan Bautista
Muslim Women’s Institute for Research and Development, Inc.
Our Lady of Victory RC
Saint Agustin RC
Saint Jerome’s Church RC
Saint Simon Stock RC

Iglesia De Dios “Roca de Salvación”
Iglesia El Calvario
Iglesia Metodista 4th Ave.
Iglesia Pentecostal Jesucristo el Libertador, Inc.
Iglesia Pentecostal “La Cruzada Evangélica”
Most Holy Trinity/Saint Mary’s RC
Reaching across the World Ministries
Saint Barbara’s RC
Transfiguration Church RC

Ascension Roman Catholic Church
Iglesia Hispana AME “Saint Luke”
Instituto Latino de Cuidado Pastoral.
Metropolitan Community Church of NY
The Church of God
The United Methodist Church of the Village
United Methodist Church “Broadway Temple”

Ministerio Rescate, Inc.

First United Methodist Church of Corona
Iglesia Cristiana “Venciendo al Gigante”
Mission in the City Lutheran Church
Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church
Latino Religious Leadership Project
Daniel Leyva
(646) 375-4446
Program Director


Since its conception, The Latino Religious Leadership Project has established itself as a catalyst for providing HIV/AIDS education and capacity building amongst Latino faith communities in the New York Metropolitan area while collaborating with efforts on a national and global level.

As the HIV/AIDS epidemic poses challenges to Latino churches in ministering to the needs of those living with HIV/AIDS and their families, The Latino Religious Leadership Project has helped churches develop health ministries where congregants learn that they can turn to the church, and its local partners, for education, support, and culturally responsive services. The Project has provided HIV health, prevention education and capacity building services to more than 100 churches in the New York Metropolitan area during the past decade.

Health Education Through Churches

The Latino Religious Leadership Program continues its success in building health ministries with 36 communities of faith across the five boroughs of New York City. The project organizes and hosts Seven Days of Prayer and Unity, Latino AIDS Memorial/ World AIDS Day Service, Citywide Religious Leadership Skills Building Conference, Anti-stigma training Institute, Anti-stigma social marketing campaign focused on HIV among senior citizens and many workshops, lectures, prayer sessions, and other educational activities at the 36 participating churches.

World AIDS Day

Over the past 20 years, World AIDS Day has been established as one of the world’s most successful commemorative days, focusing on raising money, increasing awareness, fighting prejudice and improving education. The theme, leadership, aims to send out the message that if people take personal responsibility, by being informed about how they can protect themselves and others. There is no reason why they can’t enjoy life and at the same time, stop the spread of HIV/AIDS. The theme’s positive approach also aims to reduce the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS. It is now recognized and observed by millions of people in more than 190 countries around the globe including the Latino Commission on AIDS. Each year, the Commission reaches out to the community in collaboration with the Miss Universe Organization. This past year, the Commission and Miss Universe 2008 Dayana Mendoza had a mobile testing unit in Harlem and tested over 50 people. In addition, the Commission held a vigil and nondenominational service in the evening to remember all of those who lost their battle with HIV/AIDS.

Anti-Stigma Training Institute

Usually held in February, The Anti-Stigma Institute Training is an all-day conference to gather together to learn about the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS, which is recognized as one of the great barriers to prevention of HIV/AIDS. The conference includes a plenary session and workshops that address the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS, among some of the topics that have been discussed in previous events are: The IDU Population, People Living with HIV/AIDS, Latinas, and The LGBT Communities.

Seven Days of Prayer and Unity (Siete Días de Oración y Unidad)

Since 1995, Siete Días has been organized by the Latino Religious Leadership Project every year. During Siete Días, seven communities of faith, with a prominent Latino membership, dedicate one of their regularly scheduled services to raising awareness of the impact that HIV/AIDS has on the Latino Community. The Religious Project coordinates the seven religious services throughout New York City that promote awareness of HIV Prevention and education. The purpose of this event is to address the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS in the Latino community and to help families begin to talk about AIDS and how it affects them. In addition this event helps to disseminate information about pertinent HIV/AIDS issues and potentially encourages participation of new congregations in the Latino Religious Leadership Program.

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