Since 2008, Housing Works has provided technical and fiscal assistance to Proyecto Casa de Ayuda Intermedia al Menesteroso (CAIM), located in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. Housing Works and CAIM share a common mission of providing care and treatment to the most marginalized and vulnerable populations, including drug users, the homeless, people living with HIV/AIDS, LGBT people, the impoverished, and those affected by other chronic conditions.
CAIM provides clean syringes, harm reduction counseling, and referrals to health and drug treatment services to those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, and other chronic conditions. CAIM provides services throughout eleven communities in three municipalities, and is one of the largest syringe exchange programs in Puerto Rico.
Housing Works and CAIM spearhead advocacy efforts to empower drug users and people with HIV to lead the fight against the AIDS epidemic. CAIM Executive Director Rafael Torreuella is an academic as well as a veteran activist. CAIM’s clients often engage in large-scale advocacy protests. Last year, they protested to protest demand adequate health care.
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We have Rafael Torruella’s abuela to thank for his advocacy on behalf of injection drug users.
“After college, where I studied drug-user research, my grandmother showed me a newspaper article about outreach that was happening in Puerto Rico. She said, ‘Look, this is what people are doing about what you’re …
May 26, 2011
Spurred by the recent deaths of five drug users who could not access health care, a group of 20 AIDS activists in Fajardo, Puerto Rico protested outside the mayor’s office last week. They demanded local leaders develop critical services for people living with and at risk of HIV.
“The event today …
March 2, 2011
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