Catherine Shugrue dos Santos
Catherine Shugrue dos Santos is the Deputy Executive Director for Programs at the New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP). 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. Shugrue dos Santos identifies as a Queer/Bi/Pan activist, a social worker, and an educator, with over 35 years in the intersecting fields of public health, anti-violence, anti-oppression, and economic justice work. Through organizational leadership, innovative program development, policy advocacy, direct services, training, and education, all through a trauma-informed, anti-oppressive, harm reduction approach, Shugrue dos Santos has dedicated her career to addressing intersecting issues of power, privilege, and oppression, and promoting social justice and equity for people who identify as queer, trans, and non-binary, HIV affected, people of color, women, immigrants, and youth. Shugrue dos Santos has taught at area graduate schools of social work, including at Hunter College and Fordham University, and currently teaches at Columbia University School of Social Work, where she has focused on integrating a power, race, oppression, and privilege lens into all curricula. Shugrue dos Santos also speaks locally and nationally at conferences, has contributed articles to the Domestic Violence Report and Huffington Post, and is a leading voice in many local and statewide coalitions, including serving as: Chair of the Coalition on Working with Abusive Partners (CoWAP) and as a member of key coalitions and advisory bodies, including the Advisory Council to the New York State Office of Victim Services, the Mayor’s Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee, the New York State LGBTQ Domestic Violence Network, and the Mayor’s Task Force on Domestic Violence. Shugrue dos Santos served as founder of Justice Speaks, a language access initiative for immigrant survivors of trauma, and the Task Force on Domestic Violence and Economic Justice (DVEJ). Shugrue dos Santos lives just outside of New York City with her husband and daughter.