CSVANW Advocate of the Month – November 2021
Marie R. Kirk is a member of the Isleta Pueblo Tribe, which is one of the 19 New Mexico Pueblos, located 13 miles south of Albuquerque. Marie’s twenty-year-plus counseling career includes work in the fields of HIV/AIDS/STD and substance abuse, largely with Native American communities outside her own. Her work experience is supported with specific training through the University of New Mexico Institute in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Studies; certified in Hepatitis A, B, & C through the New York State DOH; certified HIV/AIDS Preventionist; certified HIV Counseling and Testing through the New Mexico State DOH Infectious Disease Bureau – HIV Prevention Program; and certified Portable Challenge Course Trainer. Mrs. Kirk is recognized as an expert on HIV/AIDS issues affecting the American Indian population. She has extensive experience training professionals and laypeople in HIV/AIDS prevention and sexually transmitted infections. She was formerly a member of the Advisory Board to the Office of Minority Health Resource Center; former board member of The AIDS Institute; alternate Co-chair for Region 7 – NM State Department of Health – Community Planning and Action Group on HIV and AIDS for American Indians. She received the 2001 Leadership Award for significant contributions in leadership, providing vision and integrity in visioning, creating and implementing new programs for HIV Prevention and support services for Native Americans in the State of New Mexico; received the 2005 Red Ribbon Leadership Award for dynamic leadership in HIV Prevention in the United States from the National HIV/AIDS Partnership; and received the 2007 Annual Marty Prairie Award which is given to a Native American community member who demonstrates action, voice, and leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Although recognized for her work on various levels, it has been her desire to one day return to her own tribe, applying the skills gained to aid her very own people. Today, she is doing just that, currently serving in the role of a Victim Advocate for the Pueblo of Isleta. Acquiring knowledge via webinar training, community events, as well as working closely with her mentor, Eulalia Lucero, she works on expanding her knowledge of Tribal, State, and Federal laws to better serve her clients. It is her hope to continue to work to bring resources together and collaborate for our communities to begin the healing process.
Thank you, Marie, for your dedication to the survivors you serve during these trying times. Congratulations on your selection of CSVANW Advocate of the Month.
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