Javid Syed is the director of AJWS’s Sexual Health and Rights department. He came to AJWS with a decade of experience in helping communities develop their capacity to pursue social justice. Most recently, Javid worked as the TB/HIV project director at the Treatment Action Group (TAG). On a volunteer basis, Javid contributes his skills to community organizing efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people of color. He helped found the Audre Lorde Project, a center for community organizing for queer people of color in New York, and served as a leader both the South Asian Lesbian and Gay Association of New York and the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice. Javid has a master’s degree in public health from Columbia University. He is originally from Bombay, India, and has lived in the United States since 1989.