Quinceañera - Celebrating Our First 15 Years

Thank you for celebrating our first fifteen years with us

On October 7th, almost 200 NLIRH advocates and supporters came together to celebrate our accomplishments over the past 15 years at our Quinceañera. Our anniversary gala was held at the beautiful National Museum of Women in the Arts, in Washington, DC. NLIRH staff would like to thank all who attended, sponsored, and donated tickets to our Quince. We are moved by our supporters' commitment and dedication to reproductive health and justice for Latinas, their families and their communities. Our Quince was also a celebration of the hard work of the activists, medical professionals, community leaders, donors and foundations across the country whose support has helped make reproductive justice attainable.

Quince awardees

Awardees at our quince

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Lin-Manuel Miranda promoted our Quinceañera!

Lin Manuel MirandaLin-Manuel Miranda, the Tony Award winning composer and lyricist of In the Heights on Broadway, intimately understands the challenges facing Latinas and recorded this message for our quinceanera!  Click here to hear his announcement.




About our Quinceañera

On Wednesday October 7th, we celebrated our 15th Anniversary at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC.

Maria Hinojosa, host of the popular NPR show Latino USA, was Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening!

Maria Hinojosa

We also had a Host Committee featuring Congress Members Nydia VelasquezLoretta Sanchez andRaul Grijalva as co-chairs.

We presented awards to two distinguished individuals and one groundbreaking based on NLIRH’s ideals of Salud, Dignidad and Justicia:


VotoLatinoVOTO LATINO accepted our Justicia award. This online youth civic engagement organization, run 98% by volunteers, was founded in 2004 by the actress Rosario Dawson and by Maria Teresa Petersen, a frequent political commentator on various MSNBC, CNN, Fox, Telemundo, and NPR shows.  In 2008, Voto Latino registered more than 35,000 new voters; and from 2009-2010, the organization will be launching major Census, Hate Crime and Immigration Reform initiatives.


Maria Luisa Sanchez FuentesMARÍA LUISA SÁNCHEZ FUENTES, Executive Director of GIRE, accepted our Dignidad award.  Ms. Sánches Fuentes led a successful campaign to decriminalize abortion, up to 12 weeks of gestation, in Mexico City.



Gloria MorenoGLORIA MORENO accepted our Salud award. Ms. Moreno is a leader of the Texas Latina Advocacy Network, as well as a Promotora de Salud (community health worker).

The 15th Anniversary of NLIRH was an opportunity to celebrate our victories and rally our supporters, to reflect upon where we have been and where we want to go in the future. Thanks to everyone who joined us!


Café Atlántico

"Nuevo Latino" signature dishes from Latin America

Signature dishes that reflect a combination of Mexico City's rich culinary heritage and its current urban fare.


Our Quince featured a Silent Auction that included some exciting items, such as vacation (or staycation) packages, designer merchandise, tickets to sporting events, beauty products & services, literary gems, and women-friendly products designed to enhance people's lives. 

Our Herstory

In 1994, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health was created in direct response to the lack of Latina visibility on reproductive rights and health issues. NLIRH was born from a project at Catholics for Choice and has taken off as it's own entity in the years since then.

To this day, NLIRH is the only national Latina health and reproductive rights organization representing the increasingly diverse and growing Latina population.

What is a Quinceañera?

A quinceañera ("fifteen years" in English) is a tradition in Latino communities, a coming of age ceremony for girls when they turn fifteen.

NLIRH celebrated its first fifteen years and honored this Latina tradition by hosting a quince.

The evening's entertainment was provided by:

Masacote Salsa Dance Company

Mariachi Los Amigos


Masacote Salsa Dance Company- One of the most lauded international ambassadors of Latin dance and music.

Mariachi Los Amigos- The Washington DC-area's longest existing mariachi ensemble.