Local Hero: Jury Candelario

Jury Candelario

"What I find most rewarding is witnessing individuals transform from self-doubt and isolation to their evolution as confident and empowered advocates for themselves and their community."

Jury Candelario has been an AIDS advocate since 1995. He began as a volunteer providing psychosocial and emotional support for terminally ill AIDS patients as part of the "Buddy Program." He officially joined Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team (APAIT) in 1998 serving in various capacities including Substance Use Coordinator, Mental Health Coordinator and Associate Director, and eventually taking the leadership helm as Principal Research Investigator and Division Director in 2002. APAIT is the largest and most comprehensive provider of HIV/AIDS programs and services for the Asian and Pacific Islander community of Southern California.

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Jury has ardently advocated for better HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, research-funding and policy reform over the years. He has testified at the AIDS Watch conducted by the National Association of People With AIDS (NAPWA), the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and the Office of National AIDS Policy. He has also advised the State of California Legislature Health Committee and many local HIV prevention and treatment policy recommending groups. He is a member of the National Minority AIDS Council and the American Public Health Association, serving as Chair of the API HIV Caucus of Los Angeles County from 2000-2004.

Outside of the HIV/AIDS arena, Jury is passionate about advocacy efforts on behalf of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities, as well as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) communities. He currently serves on the Board of Directors as Treasurer for California's statewide Asian Pacific Islanders Community Action Network. He has served as a Task Force member of the California state and LA County Viral Hepatitis Advisory Boards, President of the local Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council (A3PCON), a co-founder of the local "Act Now Against Meth" Coalition. He was a founding member of both Q*POC-LA, a queer people of color coalition, and API Equality-LA. He is currently the Fundraising Co-Chair of API Equality-LA.

For his exemplary advocacy record, Jury has received numerous awards and commendations. He has been honored by the City of Los Angeles Mayor's Office, the LA County Board of Supervisors, the City of Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce, the San Fernando Valley Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce, Special Service for Groups, and the Southern California Gay and Lesbian Medical Association.

In his spare time, he captains tennis leagues for the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and has led his teams to local, sectional and national championships since 2006.

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