Washington, D.C., November 16, 2015—The National LGBTQ Task Force has announced that Victoria Rodriguez-Roldan has joined the organization as the new Trans/Gender Non-Confirming Justice Project Director. Rodriguez-Roldan begins her work at the National LGBTQ Task Force as the organization kicks off a series of actions as part of Transgender Awareness Week.
"We're very excited to have Victoria join the National LGBTQ Task Force family," said Rea Carey, National LGBTQ Task Force Executive Director. "Victoria brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in advocating on behalf of transgender and gender non-conforming people."
Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Rodriguez-Roldan began her advocacy work as the Commonwealth's Senate campaign staffer. While a student at the University of Puerto Rico, she became the first openly transgender member of student government and pushed the school's administration for transgender accessible student I.D. policies.
"As a trans woman and as an activist who has spent much of my life dedicated to the rights of the trans community, I am honored to be joining the National LGBTQ Task Force. I look forward to helping achieve justice and equality for the trans and gender non-conforming community. I look forward to ensuring that the movement is a truly inclusive one to all trans people, such as trans women of color, gender non-binary people, trans people with disabilities, and others," said Victoria Rodriguez-Roldan."
In 2011, Victoria was named a Truman Scholar for her passion for public service. In 2013, she was selected as a Holley Law Fellow by the National LGBTQ Task Force. Rodriguez-Roldan also led a successful lobbying campaign for transgender inclusive driver's licenses and state ID documents in Puerto Rico, which resulted in a gubernatorial executive order. Most recently, Rodriguez-Roldan worked as an Equal Opportunity Specialist for the U.S. Department of Labor's Civil Rights Center. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with honors from the University of Puerto Rico and a J.D. from the University Of Maine School Of Law.
The National LGBTQ Task Force works to secure full freedom, justice and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) people. For over forty years, we have been at the forefront of the social justice movement by training thousands of organizers and advocating for change at the federal, state, and local level. www.thetaskforce.org .