Joanna Cifredo is as a writer and an avid anti-oppressive theorist. She started her career in community service as a youth health educator in Central Florida and eventually transitioned to direct services working for The Florida Department of Health where she provided case management services to those living with HIV/AIDS.
After relocating to DC three years ago, she continued her service to the community lending her time to Empoderate DC’s only bilingual community center serving exclusively DC’s Latino MSM and Trans population after which she served as the Brand Ambassador to the DC Rape Crisis Center to Power a Culture of Consent.
Joanna serves on the Board of Directors to Whitman Walker Health and is the recipient of the 2015 Visionary Voice Award by National Sexual Violence Resource Center for her work Health Equity and Trans-Inclusive Healthcare, she was also honored by Mujeres en el Movimiento as one of DC’s Raising Stars.
Most recently Joanna birthed the idea of a city wide forum between trans and cis women of color as a way to model a conversation across differences and showcase what safer more inclusive spaces could look like “SIS to CIS” is a space to celebrate the woman in all her forms and pose the question “What does it mean to be a woman on the margins in today’s society?”
Joanna is also in the process of launching a new web series “LadySCAPING” that will launch in August and will take an intersectional view of feminism from a millennial perspective. In addition Joanna is currently working on producing a documentary about trans healthcare and on her free time is working on a novel A Dark Road to Peace, which tells the story of Lorena a beautiful young Trans Latina that is murdered during a hate crime.
Joanna will be studying Journalism at the University of the District of Columbia this fall and has recently been featured alongside her family in Before God: We are all Family, a new short film from the HRC Religion and Faith Program’s A La Familia project.