June 3, 2021 – We at Treatment Action Group (TAG) deeply mourn the loss of Marco Castro-Bojorquez, a visionary HIV and human rights activist, artist, and filmmaker. Marco’s light shined brightly throughout his work and lifted up all around him. His work at the intersection of HIV and migrant and undocumented rights, and economic and language justice, was especially important.
Suraj Madoori, TAG’s U.S. and Global Health Policy Director, who worked closely with Marco as co-chairs of the HIV Racial Justice Now Coalition, notes, “Marco was such a kind, gentle soul with a heart that stretched for miles to include anyone who had the blessing to know him. He was the spiritual center of the HIV movement.”
“Marco centered love and joy in his work,” elaborates Edric Figueroa, the ACT NOW: END AIDS (ANEA) coordinator. “The ANEA Coalition was lucky to have him as an expert, cheerleader, and good troublemaker across different programs. His embodiment of the chant and call to action ‘I do believe that we will win’ was contagious and his legacy will live on in our efforts to keep HIV justice intersectional.”
We will strive to honor Marco, and channel his boundless compassion, in our work.