For close to 2 years, dozens of Latino serving non-profit professionals gathered at “Latino Forums” round tables that discussed collaborations, explored synergies and in general ways to partner up and better serve the community.
In 2015, out of one of those meetings, the idea of creating a position paper that we could all stand behind arose. The outcome of that idea is the first collaborative document signed and supported by a number of Latino serving professionals in Georgia.
“Strenghtening Latino Families in Georgia, What To Do” is an educational piece, and advocacy tool and a petition to all civil, business and community leaders and law enforcers to support, appreciate and consider Latino families when making decisions.
The top contributing organizations are listed below and available as sources for information, stories and further discussion:
YoSoyM: Gilda (Gigi) Pedraza, Project Leader & Managing Partner and Judith Martinez, Contributor & Managing Partner
Ser Familia: Belisa Urbina, Executive Director& Maria Fernanda Araya
Caminar Latino: Jessica Nunan, Executive Director & Youth Program Participants
Feminist Health Center: Juliana Ramirez, Coordinator at Lifting Latina Voices
CPACS : Victoria Huyhn, Vice President, Yotin Srivanjerean, Vice President, Jacinto Hall, Gwinnett Jobs for Pay Manager, Ricardo Broce, Program Manager, Karuna Ramachandran, Health Programs Director
CETPA: Coti Perez-Espinoza, Atlanta Latino HIV/AIDS Prevention Project
Latino LinQ: Leonardo Martínez, President
PADV: Samantha Macedo, VicePresident of Prevention & Outreach
La Amistad: Cat McFee, Executive Director, Gabriela Gonzalez-Lamberson, Director of Development, Shirley Anne Cruz, Assistant Director
Welcoming Atlanta: Luisa Cardona, Deputy Director
ACE Women’s Business Center: Karen Málaga, Project Administrator
Catholic Social Charities: Pedro Martinez, Program Manager Family Stabilizacion Program
Mayira Q. Bunting
Erika Lopez Gil
I ask you to please join me in signing the document, carry it forward and champion it, as the future everywhere looks more diverse, we need to make sure it also looks more open, attainable and welcoming to all communities.