Katia Amaya-Salinas, LMSW, Associate Director of Community Programs

Katia Amaya-Salinas, LMSW

Director of Specialized Programs

Katia Amaya-Salinas, LMSW (she/her/ella) is a Salvadoran, New York City based, Bilingual Licensed Social Worker. Katia has over 10+ years of practice experience working with immigrant and BIPOC communities, mainly focusing her work on children and families impacted by complex and intergenerational trauma.

Katia received her Masters in Social Work from New York University, Silver School of Social Work where she focused her studies in working with immigrant families and policy practice. She received her Bachelor’s at Fordham University, Rose Hill in Sociology and Latin American Studies. Currently, Katia is the Director of Specialized Programs and previously held the role of Associate Director of Community Programs at the Violence Intervention Program (VIP) in NYC

Katia’s experiences range from providing trauma therapy to adolescents at risk of sexual  exploitation and providing family and individual therapy to children and families impacted by domestic and gender-based violence. In addition, she is a SIFI instructor and clinical supervisor. 

Katia prides herself in practicing from an anti-oppressive, anti-racist and trauma informed lens. As Katia’s social work journey evolves and grows, her passion continues to lie in empowering immigrant communities and her journey has led her to center restorative and transformative healing practices in her work.

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