Catherine Shugrue dos Santos is Director of Client Services at the New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP), in which role she 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.

Ms. Shugrue dos Santos is a social worker, an advocate, and an educator with thirty years of experience in public health, anti-violence, and anti-poverty work. Through organizational leadership, innovative program development, policy advocacy, direct services, training and education, she has dedicated her career to addressing intersecting issues of power, privilege, and oppression, and to promoting social justice for the most vulnerable in our communities, particularly LGBTQ+ and HIV-affected people, people of color, immigrants, and youth.

Prior to her work at AVP, Ms. Shugrue dos Santos was the Deputy Clinical Director at Sanctuary for Families for six years, and prior to that, served at HELP USA in a series of positions over eight years, ending her tenure as the Executive Director of two large domestic violence shelters.  Ms. Shugrue dos Santos has been an adjunct faculty member and guest lecturer teaching social welfare policy and legislative advocacy at the graduate schools of social work at the Columbia School of Social Work, Hunter College, and Fordham University.