Entre Hermanos

Seattle, WA   |  www.entrehermanos.org

Mission

Born out of the HIV/AIDS crisis, Entre Hermanos was founded in 1991 to address the needs of LGBTQ Latinos in Washington. Today, our mission is to promote the health and well-being of the Latino Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning community in a culturally appropriate environment through disease prevention, education, advocacy, community building, and other services as needed. As an organization founded and led by LGBTQ Latinos, Entre Hermanos responds to the urgent needs faced by our community in an authentic and affirming way. In our 29th year of service to the Latino LGBTQ community, we continue marching into the future, always progressing and expanding our services to serve Latinos in Washington.

Ruling year info

2001

Principal Officer

Mr. Marcos Martinez

Main address

1621 South Jackson St # 202

Seattle, WA 98144 USA

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EIN

31-1775429

NTEE code info

AIDS (G81)

Lesbian/Gay Rights (R26)

Ethnic/Immigrant Services (P84)

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4 Program Areas

Entre Hermanos promotes the wellbeing of the LGBTQ Latinos in Washington through the delivery of four primary programs and services:

1. PREVENTION & CARE:
We combat the spread of HIV through outreach, education, condom distribution, HIV testing, and enrollment in PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, a treatment for people at risk of contracting HIV) through various outreach channels including our radio show, social media, LGBTQ dating apps, partnerships with LGBTQ businesses and clubs, and our email distribution list. Education includes one-on-one discussions, community presentations, and mass media outreach. We conduct HIV rapid tests at our office and the Mexican Consulate two to three times per month. Our PrEP Navigator screens clients for PrEP eligibility and works with regional clinics to enroll LGBTQ Latinos who are at-risk of HIV.
We support people living with HIV through peer navigation, medical case management, and an HIV+ support group. Our HIV Peer Navigator provides emotional support and guides lower compliance clients through treatment plans. Medical Case Managers provide bilingual and culturally competent support to ensure clients enroll in the state’s HIV insurance program, understand their medicine and treatment schedule, and adhere to labs.
These efforts will also contribute to statewide efforts to End AIDS in Washington State by 2020. End AIDS Washington emerged as a collaboration of community-based organizations, government agencies, and educational and research institutions working together to reduce new infections in Washington by 50% by 2020 by making insurance, testing, PrEP, and treatment more accessible to help stop the spread of HIV. We are committed to the campaign to End AIDS in Washington. In order to make meaningful progress on this goal, we must tackle the disproportionate HIV/AIDS rates in Black/Latino communities.

2. LEGAL REPRESENTATION:
In March 2019, Entre Hermanos began offering direct legal representation for detained LGBTQ Latinos facing active deportation cases. We are the only local social service organization with the in-house cultural competency to meet the intersecting needs of our LGBTQ Latino detainees and asylum seekers. Our providers are Spanish-speaking, LGBTQ-competent, and trauma-informed advocates who facilitate access to medical coverage and care while shepherding their cases through the legal system.
As of January 2020, the backlog of immigration cases in Seattle alone that are waiting for their hearing was nearly 15,000. We only accept cases of pending deportations against LGBTQ Latinos and yet, despite our selective criteria, the need for legal representation services far exceeds our capacity. We hit our maximum caseload of 20 clients within eight weeks of hiring our first staff attorney. Approximately 85% of our clients are transgender and all are seeking documentation through asylum. Clients come to us in crisis, carrying deep trauma and facing challenges navigating language barriers, legal battles, housing, employment, and needs as LGBTQ individuals.
We negotiate bond fees and stipulations with their deportation officers, secure bond funds (through partners like Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network and RAICES), recruit host families to sponsor clients for up to a year after securing release (mitigating biased judgment of them being a “flight risk”), and execute all legal actions needed to obtain identity documents, work permits, and asylum.

3. ADVOCACY & CIVIC ENGAGEMENT:
Through advocacy and civic engagement work, we engage in advocacy for trans and gender nonconforming Latinos, workers’ rights, and statewide voter registration and education, as well as mobilization around the 2020 Census. For Census 2020, we subcontract with 15 trusted messengers throughout the state, who will collectively reach 300 Latino households around completing the Census. We maintain robust referral pipelines with organizations like Casa Latina that provides English language instruction and workforce development, and Washington State Labor Council that fights for workers in cases of wage theft or unfair treatment.

4. MUCHO GUSTO RADIO & OUTREACH:
In addition to direct client services, Entre Hermanos reaches approximately 12,000 individuals weekly through our weekly Spanish-language AM/FM/podcast radio program and through active social media accounts. The show airs every Sunday on the only Spanish speaking FM radio station in Western Washington. The program discusses pressing issues facing the Latino and LGBTQ communities and promotes our services. We also maintain an active social media presence that regularly generates dialogue among members of our community.
The radio show is a part of our wide-ranging Spanish language outreach, which includes publishing all information in a bilingual format and employing native Spanish speakers.
Additional outreach activities include the distribution of condoms at nightclubs, community centers, and relevant events such as Seattle Pride, Latin Pride, and Pacific Northwest Black Pride. We also work with local Latin American consulates and travel alongside the mobile Mexican Consulate of Seattle to conduct statewide education and advocacy. The condoms include Spanish language information about our HIV services and information about how to reach us.
Our longstanding background of providing critical health and immigration services – in Spanish, regardless of client documentation status, at no cost to the client – has earned us trust and name recognition in both the Latino and LGBTQ communities throughout our region.
In order to reach detained asylum seekers, our outreach strategies include maintaining our visibility at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, continued relationship building with local organizations for referral or collaboration, and strengthening ties with the national movement for immigration justice and detention reform.
We estimate that our services reach approximately 13,000 people annually – including direct, higher-touch intervention to approximately 1,000 people annually through testing, PrEP navigation, and HIV medical case management and light-touch outreach and education via radio and social media and condom distribution to approximately 12,000 individuals annually. All of our services are offered in Spanish, at no cost to clients, regardless of their medical coverage or immigration status.

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Entre Hermanos

Board of directors
as of 9/1/2020
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Board chair

Eleazar Juarez-Diaz

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No