Healer, scholar and curator, Lourdes is the Executive Director of Trans Women of Color Collective, a grass-roots initiative based in Washington D.C. TWOCC is a grass-roots global initiative led by trans and gender non-conforming people of color that works to uplift the lived narratives, experiences and leadership of trans and gender non-conforming people of color, their families and comrades while building towards collective liberation for all oppressed people through healing and restorative justice. TWOCC’s embodies cultural art as a tool of healing and resistance to state sanctioned violence.
Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Lourdes Ashley Hunter is a catalyst for change who has led grass roots initiatives that impact the socio-economic growth and development of communities disproportionately impacted by state sanctioned violence for over 20 years. Lourdes identifies as trans/non-binary and does not use pronouns. You can refer to Lourdes as Goddess or just Lourdes.
Lourdes’ leadership has influenced the development and implementation of best practices and policy reform at government agencies such as the New York City Department of Homeless Services, New York City Human Resources Administration and New York Police Department. Lourdes national collaborative efforts with the United Nations, The White House Anti-Violence Task Force, Office of National AIDS Policy, Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Prisons set a tone for courageous conversations that center Black trans communities disproportionately impacted by state sanctioned violence.
Lourdes earned a Bachelor degree in Social Theory, Structure and Change with concentrations in Race, Class and Gender Studies from SUNY: Empire State College. Lourdes holds an Executive Master of Public Administration from Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration and is a Doctoral student at Georgetown University.