Catherine Shugrue dos Santos
Catherine Shugrue dos Santos is a social worker, an advocate, and an educator, with 30 years in the intersecting fields of public health, anti-violence, and anti-poverty work. Through organizational leadership, innovative program development, policy advocacy, direct services, training and education, Cat has dedicated her career to addressing intersecting issues of power, privilege, and oppression, and promoting social justice for the most vulnerable in our communities, particularly LGBTQ and HIV affected people, people of color, immigrants, and youth.
As Director of Client Services at the New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP), Cat oversees all direct services provided to LGBTQ and HIV-affected survivors of hate violence, intimate partner violence, hook-up violence, sexual violence, and institutional violence, including police violence. AVP envisions a world in which all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and HIV-affected people are safe, respected, and live free from violence. AVP’s mission is to empower LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and support survivors through counseling and advocacy.
Prior to her work at AVP, Catherine worked as the Deputy Clinical Director at Sanctuary for Families for six years, and prior to that, at HELP USA in a series of positions, held over eight years, ending her tenure as the Executive Director of two large domestic violence shelters, HELP Haven and HELP Harbor. In addition to her role as adjunct faculty at CUSSW, Catherine has been an adjunct faculty member and guest lecturer, teaching social welfare policy and legislative advocacy at the graduate schools of social work at Hunter College and Fordham University.