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The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health celebrated 20th anniversary with gala, legislative advocacy day

Press Release
Washington
Loretta Kane (917.410.7242, lk@caminopr.org)

WASHINGTON — The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) celebrated its 20th anniversary as the leading voice for Latinas in their continuing fight for reproductive justice with a legislative advocacy day and gala on April 14, 2015 in Washington D.C. Yesterday morning, more than 60 Latina activists from Texas, Florida, New York, New Mexico, Colorado, California, and Virginia converged on Capitol Hill to petition members of Congress to take action on legislation in support of reproductive justice — including safe, legal, and affordable abortion access.

Following the lobby day, nearly 75 organizations, along with activists and supporters, honored Latina activists and leaders at the organization’s 20th anniversary gala, held in the Hall of Flags. NLIRH Executive Director Jessica González-Rojas opened by asking the audience “Will you stand with us to fight for salud, dignidad y justicia?” The response was a resounding “¡Sí!”

Honorees included civil rights pioneer Dolores Huerta — co-founder of the organization that later became the United Farm Workers and an outspoken advocate in support of the working poor, women and children; the Honorable Lucy Flores, the former member of the Nevada State Assembly who made headlines when she shared her personal abortion story; and Diane Guerrero, the actor and activist featured on "Orange is the New Black" and "Jane the Virgin," presented a special award to DREAMers’ MOMS USA. (DREAMers' MOMS USA is an organization that brought the fight for immigration rights to the forefront with its 18-day “Fast for 11 Million,” which helped spur President Obama’s action on immigration reform).

Journalist Giselle Fernández, former anchor for the CBS Early Show and the NBC Nightly News and currently the managing director of Creative World Talent Management, was the emcee. 

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE EVENING

“Our activists are caring for their families while fighting for their communities,” said Jessica González-Rojas.

“Every woman has the right to decide for herself how many children she will have,” said Dolores Huerta.

“Standing together keeps our movement strong,” said Diane Guerrero.

“You do not tell me what to do with my body. You do not get to silence my words,” said Lucy Flores. 

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The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health is the only national reproductive justice organization dedicated to building Latina power to advance health, dignity, and justice for 26 million Latinas, their families, and communities in the United States through leadership development, community mobilization, policy advocacy, and strategic communications.