Emelina Martinez

Manager of Safe Syringe Exchange Services for The SPOT

Emy oversees the total operations of The SPOT and serves as its community liaison.
Ms. Martinez previously worked as the Mobile Outreach and Remote Supervisor of the IDEA Exchange Miami, and as outreach supervisor, she was the liaison between the IDEA Exchange and the community.

Motivated by the death of many of her close friends from HIV and AIDS, she strives to save as many people as she can—one person at a time. Since 1992, Emy has worked with vulnerable populations, especially those most at risk for HIV and HCV.

Her experience spans working with Care Resource, formerly known as Health Crisis Network, National Latino/a Lesbian and Gay Organization (LLEGÓ) in Washington DC, Union Positiva in Miami, Miami-Dade County Health Department (FDOH), and the University of Miami.

Twenty-nine years later, her passion and drive for her work as a harm reductionist brings her back to where it all began—Care Resource—where she will continue her work as an advocate for the community through compassion and tolerance.

A Care Resource Program

The SPOT Fund

The SPOT’s mission is sustained by the generosity of community members and organizations. Contributing to The SPOT Fund directly supports crucial initiatives, including the provision of new syringes, the development of educational and outreach materials, and the smooth operation of our mobile clinic. A donation is an investment in the health and well-being of our community, making a tangible difference in harm reduction, education, and accessibility to essential services.