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Astraea names deputy director
International organization provides aid to lesbians globally

by Melissa Hoskins
NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. — The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice has named Tata Traore-Rogers, a seasoned professional in the non-profit management and service delivery arenas, as its Deputy Director.

Katherine Acey, Astraea’s executive director, said, “Fluent in five languages and a former resident of Senegal, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and France, Tata brings to Astraea a unique and vast intercultural perspective. After a rigorous search process, we are delighted to welcome Tata, whose work is filled with such a strong emphasis on women’s self-determination, to the Astraea family.”

For the past eight years, Traore-Rogers served as a Director for the Prevention Division of Harlem United Community AIDS Center. During her tenure there, she designed and managed innovative HIV-prevention programs, including behavioral interventions focusing on risk-reduction and prevention for immigrant communities, women of color, and LGBT populations. Additionally, she worked to improve service access for undocumented, immigrant women increasing cultural competency and bridging gaps present within the HIV service landscape.
“I have always intentionally focused on women, and how my work impacted their lives in a positive way,” said Traore-Rogers. “Direct services carries an immediate gratification on an individual level. Astraea is the perfect place to affect lives on a more macro level because

‘I have always intentionally focused on women and how my work impacted their lives in a positive way.’
— Tata Traore-Rogers, Deputy Director, Astraea Lesbian Foundation
Astraea is present in so many places in the world at once. What drew me to Astraea is its real integrity — Astraea doesn’t fit any mold; it does not compromise its views, and that is what the world, and women, need.”

Prior to Harlem United, Traore-Rogers worked at Montefiore Hospital, Pathways to Housing and Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter where she provided support and assistance for clients seeking mental health, homelessness, domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse services.

In addition to her work at Astraea, Traore-Rogers serves as an advisor to Sauti Yetu Center for African Women, an advocacy organization that works on women’s rights within the global women’s, human rights and social justice movements. She lives in Brooklyn with her two young daughters, Saffronia and Leilani.

Astraea is the world’s only foundation dedicated solely to funding LGBT organizations in both the U.S. and internationally. This past year Astraea issued more than $1.9 million in grants to LGBT organizations around the world working for the empowerment and human rights of all sexual minorities. Separated by continents, language and culture, Astraea grantee partners are seizing opportunities, and laying the groundwork for women and LGBT people to live freely and safely.

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