Empowering Garifuna Voices:
Achievements and Commitments After the
Annual Advocacy Day in New York

EDWIN ALVAREZ | BRONX NY | JANUARY 31, 2024 – 11:40 ET

Empoderando Voces Garífunas: Logros y Compromisos Tras el Día Anual de Abogacía en Nueva York

This past January 30, a delegation of 50 Garifuna, Afro-Central American leaders from Guatemala and Honduras, met with the New York State Legislature to headline our annual Garifuna Advocacy Day in Albany, NY. During these meetings, the Garifuna community expressed to the legislature their public policy priorities and most pressing needs: improving immigration policy, investing in mental health infrastructure, and fostering opportunities for youth.

The annual event, led by the organizations Casa Yurumein and Hondurans Against AIDS, highlights the countless cultural, economic, social and civic contributions of the Garifuna community. We met in 10 offices of Assemblymen and State Senators, such as Serrano, Ramos, Rivera, Fernandez, Sepulveda, Tapia, Burgos, Reyes, De los Santos and Alvarez. In addition, we have pending meetings with Cunningham, Septimo and Jackson.

We are happy and proud to represent our community in New York City, the United States, the Central American region and around the world. We are grateful for the solidarity support of Alianza Americas and the backing of our champion in the legislature, Assemblywoman Karines Reyes, as well as to each of the Assembly members and Senators who received us in their offices to learn about and seek alternative solutions for our community. It was overwhelming and meaningful to witness the opening of session and receive a greeting from the full legislature at the Capitol in Albany. We continued this week with several follow-up meetings.

Casa Yurumein Board of Directors

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