Description: Part of Lambda Archives’ celebratory event “Heroines, Pioneers and Trailblazers” held March 19, 2016 in San Diego, CA. Maria Galleta co-founded Christie’s Place with Irene Milton in 1996, establishing the only organization in San Diego whose mission is  dedicated to serving women, children and families infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, providing education, support and advocacy. Currently, she helps run ACOSIDA Clinic, the oldest HIV/AIDS clinic in Tijuana founded in 1983  and Casa Nicole, founded in 2006,  which offers transitional housing for people living with HIV/AIDS. ACOSIDA was founded to help those afflicted with AIDS find affordable or free treatment in order to help them focus on other aspects of their lives. Casa Nicole offers a sanctuary to those in Mexico facing social derision by providing basic healthcare, psychological treatment, substance abuse treatment, hygiene counseling, HIV prevention classes and assistance in finding employment. Together, these two organizations provide an essential response to HIV/AIDS on the Mexican side of the border. Her passion, dedication, leadership  and courage in the fight against AIDS and discrimination have provided solace and joy to innumerable souls.

Date: 2016-03-14