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Charles Hawthorne

Charles Hawthorne works as a trainer for the Harm Reduction Training Institute and Outreach Project in partnership with the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Charles works passionately delivering training and technical assistance to organizations in the bay area and the greater San Francisco region that impacts the lives of PLWHA, PWUD, PWID and LGBTQ+ communities. Charles works to foster partnerships with other organizations in the Bay Area that do social justice and harm reduction work while helping to expand reach and capacity to communities experiencing disproportionately punitive impacts of racialized drug policies. Prior to joining the Harm Reduction Coalition, Charles interned at HIPS in Washington D.C. in a policy and direct service capacity where his passion for grass roots activism flourished. Charles is a graduate of Purdue University, where he majored in biochemistry and worked to provide safer sex materials and diversity education and training to students, staff, and faculty.

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