Jorge Vidal serves as the Project Coordinator for the Culturally Specific Services Program Grant (CSSP). For more than 10 years, Jorge has worked in the social work field at various non-profit and public interest organizations, promoting the rights and dignity of immigrants, people living with HIV/AIDS, and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals and communities. "I strongly believe that empowerment is unpacking multiple layers and barriers within an individual or community to get to the core, which holds endless possibilities for advancement and understanding.” Prior to joining the Casa de Esperanza, Jorge has worked with a variety of community-based organizations, including AIDS United, Voces Latinas, GMHC, Hispanic AIDS Forum, and Coordinadora Paz para la Mujer. He has worked with the Latino community from diverse settings that include Washington DC, Connecticut, New York, and Puerto Rico. Jorge earned his Master of Social Work degree from Fordham University.