La Clínica’s HIV youth initiative, ¡Empodérate! (Empower Yourself!) is the only bilingual, HIV program that targets young Latino men who have sex with men and young male-to-female transgender Latinas between the ages of 18 and 29 in Washington, DC.  

¡Empodérate! builds on La Clínica’s 20 year history of fighting the HIV epidemic in the Latino community through programs that create a safe and supportive space in which to strengthen individuals and community. Historically, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (GBT) individuals have been among the most impacted by HIV within the local Latino community. La Clínica has addressed this problem by tackling the underlying causes of the epidemic, including isolation, depression, and the lack of safe and substance-free spaces for an immigrant community frequently facing rejection from family and community due to homophobia, poverty, and immigration status.

Year-round ¡Empodérate! has fun and free activities on and off-site, including:

  • Noches de cine (Movie Nights): Every other Wednesday.
  • Noches culturales (Cultural Nights)
  • ¡Empodérate! Pageant (Queen and King of ¡Empodérate!)
  • Pride parades


  • Where is ¡Empodérate! located?

3055 Mount Pleasant St. NW, Washington, DC 20009

  • What are its hours of operation?

General Schedule of Operation:Monday through Friday 9:00AM-8:00PM

Individual Counseling:Monday - Friday 10:00-6:00PM

Meetings for Latina Trans Youth:Wednesday 5:00PM-6:30PM

Meetings for Latino GBQ Youth:Thursday 5:00PM-6:30PM

  • Do I have to make an appointment?

Nope. You can stop by at any time to visit us. Feel free to bring some friends with you also.

  • Do you provide Free HIV Testing on this site?

Yes! You don't need an appointment to get tested. Just come during any of these hours:
Monday 9:00AM-5:00PM
Tuesday 9:00AM - 7:30PM
Wednesday 9:00AM-5:00PM
Thursday 9:00AM-5:00PM
Friday 9:00AM-5:00PM
Our tests are bilingual, free, and completely confidential.


For more information, contact:

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