About Sean Saifa Wall
Sean Saifa M. Wall is an intersex activist, somatic practitioner student, and researcher living in Atlanta, GA. Originally from the Bronx, NY Saifa grew up witnessing the devastation of the 1980’s crack epidemic firsthand, losing his father to the prison industrial complex, and eventually to AIDS. Only 14 years old, and motivated by grief, he volunteered with the Child Life Program at the Gay Men’s Health Crisis in New York City. This early start would be the foundation of his career in HIV Prevention. His commitment to social justice deepened while studying at Williams College where he came out as queer. Saifa was politically shaped by the senseless murders of Matthew Shepard and Amadou Diallo and responded by organizing protests that sparked campus conversations about race, gender identity, and class inequity. After graduation he joined an interfaith peace organization called Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) as a Racial and Economic Justice Intern. His awareness of the anti-war movement growing, and drawing inspiration from conscientious objectors and civil disobedience, he consciously traveled to Cuba with Pastors for Peace and produced a short documentary on the Cuban healthcare system. Since 2005, Saifa has worked in HIV Prevention with many populations that include the homeless, the mentally disabled, and substance users. He has also emerged as a visual artist focusing on different historical aspects of the African American experience in the United States through his collage art. He served as board president of InterACT for three years before assuming the role of advisor for the Astraea Intersex Human Rights Fund.