Josephine Korchmaros was awarded a Leveraging Grant from the Social & Behavioral Sciences Research Institute (SBSRI). This grant will help support Dr. Korchmaros’ travel to an in-person meeting with Dr. Sally Stevens (Executive Director, SIROW), Ms. Elisa Castellanos (Director, Tikkun Olam Belize), and Dr. Cynthia Pope (Professor, Central Connecticut State University). This team is working on obtaining funding for their HIV Risks and Intervention Strategies for Empowerment for Female Sex Workers in Belize (RISE) project. The purpose of this project is to conduct a bi-national (U.S. and Belize) developmental research study to illuminate HIV sex and drug risk behavior of female sex workers (FSW) living in Belize, illuminate reasons for their risk, and develop and pilot test a gender and culturally-specific HIV prevention intervention for this population. Employing participatory action research and multiple method design, this project will result in a rich pool of data that will inform on a nation-wide strategy for reaching, engaging and intervening with FSW at-risk for contracting HIV.