LOS ANGELES – The Central American Resource Center is honoring Community Champions: grassroots leaders who work to strengthen their community, improve education and advocate for immigrant and worker rights.
The event on Thursday, in Los Angeles, celebrates the critical work people at the local level participate in every day to improve their community and the lives of their children and families.
This year’s honorees and their work represent the issues that affect Latino immigrant families such as worker and immigrant rights, violence prevention and education reform.
The 2012, CARECEN Community Champions:
Mariano Hernandez – A day laborer whose struggle to find steady employment never deters his motivation to organize other workers to fight for their rights and improve their lives.
Maria Aguilar – A mother and domestic violence survivor who shares her personal story to inspire other women to escape similar circumstances and provide a healthy and safe environment for their children.
Augusto Rocha, Angeles Garcia Monroy and Uriel Maldonado – Three Latino students and young leaders whose big DREAMS and academic excellence has opened their eyes to the plight of their community and their emergence as key volunteers at CARECEN.
CARECEN was founded in 1983 to help thousands of Central Americans fleeing the brutality of civil war. CARECEN helps over 60,000 clients annually, promoting human and civil rights of Central Americans and other immigrant communities through legal and educational services, and by advocating and organizing to transform immigration and education policies.