New Orleans is the incarceration capital of the world and ranks second in HIV transmission rates in the United States. BreakOUT! increases opportunities for trans and queer youth of color in New Orleans through youth organizing, leadership development, and healing justice strategies.

BreakOUT! Is launching a strategy to end LGBTQ youth homelessness in New Orleans, and advancing strategies for staying safe on the streets, including with multiple forms of law enforcement present in New Orleans, and ensuring that condoms are not used as evidence of criminal activity of any kind. BreakOUT! Is also incorporating HIV criminalization into the Building Our Power Institute, a leadership development and political education cohort for LGBTQ youth of color.