Join us on February 21st, 2023 for our Virtual Latino Legislative Day! We encourage you to bring your voices and determination to represent your communities. We anticipate that over 1000 Latino/a's will join us virtually to speak to their respective legislators to address serious issues our communities face. This half day event is free, and will be live streamed in English and Spanish.
See below for our 2023 Legislative Bill priorities and this year's agenda.
10:00am - 10:05am: Introduction & Welcome
Nina Martinez, Board Chair for Latino Civic Alliance (LCA)
History of Latino Civic Alliance and Latino Legislative Day.
10:05am - 10:20am: Healthcare - COVID-19: Omicron & Variants
Dr. Leo Morales, Assistant Dean for Healthcare Equity and Quality in the School of Medicine and Co-Director of the Latino Center for Health at the University of Washington
10:20am - 10:40am: Immigration: Fighting immigration detention in Washington State
Maru Villalpando, La Resistencia Advisor, CEO Latino Advocacy
10:40am - 10:55am: Workforce & Climate Justice: Health Effects of Wildfire Smoke in Eastern Washington
Mary Jo Ybarra, Moses Outreach/Behavioral Health Coordinator Moses Lake Community Health Center
10:55am - 11:25am: How Sea Mar Community Health Centers
linguistically and culturally appropriate health care services and health information to the farmworker community in Mount Vernon WA
Marcela Suarez, Promotores Program Manager, Sea Mar Community Health Centers
11:30am - 11:45am: Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
Secretary Jilma Meneses discusses state agency efforts to address food insecurity and solutions.
11:45am - 12:00pm: Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs
Chairwoman Angie Hinojos
12:00pm - 12:45pm: Special Presentations & 2023 Latino Civic Awards
· Mount Vernon Mariachi Performance & Flamenco
· 2023 Latino Civic Awards
· Governor Jay Inslee
· Chief Justice Steve Gonzalez
· Senator Saldana
· Representative Ortiz-Self
· Representative Ramos
· Representative Alvarado
· Representative Ybarra
· Representative Mena
· Senator Javier Valdez, Keynote Speaker
12:45pm - 1:15pm: The Dangers and Opioid/Fentanyl Epidemic Impacting Children
Dr. Alexis Ball, Pediatrician, Seattle Children’s Hospital
1:15pm - 2:00pm: MIGRATION, DETENTION, AND SEPARATION: Traumas of Central American Children and Families Seeking Asylum
Luis H. Zayas, PhD
Professor & Sutherland Chair in Mental Health and Social Policy | Steve Hicks School of Social Work. Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences | Dell Medical School The University of Texas at Austin
2:00pm: Closing - Jimmy Matta, Vice Chair for Latino Civic Alliance
Congratulations to our 2023 Awardees!
Iris Carias, Mt. Vernon Councilwoman
Padres Tomando Accion, Quincy WA