About Us

Trans Women of Color Collective (TWOCC) was created to cultivate economic opportunities and affirming spaces for trans people of color and our families, to foster kinship, build community engage in healing and restorative justice through arts, culture, media, advocacy and activism.

We are not a 501 (c)3 organization. We are fiscally sponsored by The Washington Peace Center.


Our efforts centers those in our community who have not had access to resources, opportunities and sustainable systems of support to live unapologetically in their truths; Trans and gender non-conforming people of color, in particularly Black trans women and femmes, poor, indigenous, disabled, our seniors and youth who are disproportionately impacted by structural and state sanctioned violence that impacts our socio-economic growth and development and is inextricably linked to physical violence and discrimination we face daily.

We are showing the world that there is a place where we belong, that our community members have a home, that we are loved and that our lives have tremendous purpose.

National Leadership Team

Lourdes Ashley Hunter

Executive Director

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Nyla Foster

National Director

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Essence Hale

Midwest Leadership

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Gianna Salustro

Southern Regional Leadership

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Vanessa Victoria

Founding Member