This week’s #PeopleWorthKnowing interview features Tori Cooper, Founder and Executive Director of Advocates for Better Care Atlanta (ABCA).
ABCA seeks to further her mission of education, empowerment and opportunities for marginalized people. Since its inception, she has self-financed this agency which prioritizes transgender women and men as well as people living with HIV.
In addition to founding ABCA, Ms. Cooper also serves as the Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative at the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).
Ms. Cooper holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services. Tori is a staunch advocate for the Trans and HIV communities and travels across the country providing education to providers, clinicians, consumers, students and communities of every size and scope.
She is currently matriculating towards her Master of Arts degree in Public Health. Tori believes that empowerment, education, and opportunity are three important factors in success.
Cooper has received numerous awards for her work and is a published author, most recently appearing in print and video. Her work is featured in a new documentary titled, “Silent Epidemic” where she talks about the trans community and HIV in the South.
She created the Hour of Power which is an empowerment group that meets twice monthly for the trans, gender nonconforming communities and allies. The HoP recently celebrated its second anniversary.
She is also an ordained Deacon at Tabernacle Baptist Church under the pastorate of Bishop Dennis A. Meredith. Tori has received numerous awards and honors for her work, but she measures true success when the people she serves achieve viral suppression, when they master new life skills and achieve health and financial equity.
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