Julian Sanjivan

Julian Sanjivan left Malaysia for New York City in August 2012 to be part of a fellowship funded by the US Department of State. During the fellowship, he worked for the AIDS Community Research Initiative of America (ACRIA). Upon completion of the program, he applied for asylum due to his threatening experience with a group of police officers in Malaysia due to his sexual orientation. Malaysian law currently provides for whipping and up to a 20-year prison sentence for sodomy which is codified in Section 377 of its Penal Code. Prior to arriving in the United States, he was the Human Resources Director at PT Foundation, one of the largest non-profit organizations in Malaysia focusing on HIV awareness, education, care and support for most at risk populations including men who have sex with men (MSM), sex workers, transgender individuals and injecting drug users. Besides managing an organization of over 700 volunteers, he advocated for issues affecting marginalized communities. In 2013, he became the Director of Strategy & Communications at the Refugee & Immigrant Fund (RIF). His asylum was granted in April 2015 and he successfully obtained his Green Card in May 2017. He was previously an Executive Board Member with Heritage of Pride as the NYC Pride March Director heading the annual Pride March in NYC (known as Pride Parade). He was responsible for all aspects of one of the biggest Pride events in the world including the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and WorldPride which was held in 2019 which NYC won the bid for. He is currently the Co-President of InterPride. Additionally, he is one of the Managing Team Members for Asylee Designs, a nonprofit that uses design thinking methods to identify gaps in services for asylum seekers, propose solutions, and test new ideas to welcome them to the city. Julian is also one of the producers for the 2019 NYC Dance Parade and the Director for Visitor Services at The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in NYC. Julian is extremely passionate about the movements for civil rights of the LGBT and immigrant communities.

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