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Celebrate with the 40 for 40

 

Reauthorize VAWA Now!

 

 Mujeres celebrates the Senate's decision to pass the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). This bill, sponsored by Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Mark Kirk (R-IL), passed with bipartisan support last week. VAWA is crucial because it protects victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. Through VAWA, immigrant victims of domestic violence can obtain legal status on their own when their U.S. citizen and lawful permanent resident spouses, as part of the abuse, refused to petition for them. 

Regularizing their status through VAWA has helped many of immigrants regain their confidence, overcome their situation, and go on to lead successful lives. Without VAWA, many of these victims would continue to live in fear of their perpetrators, lacking protections, and suffering in silence.

VAWA's survival is now in the hands of the U.S. House of Representatives. Mujeres’ most recent Latina Portrait: The Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act and Latinas stresses why VAWA is necessary to protect immigrant victims of violence and the positive change it can make in their lives. Keep informed and contact your Representative to show your support for the VAWA reauthorization!

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Our 40th Anniversary celebration continues and the “40 for 40”campaign is ongoing! We invite you to become one of 1,000 supporters to donate $40 dollars each to reach our goal of $40,000 by March 22, 2013, the day of our Annual Benefit dinner.

 

Mujeres Latinas en Acción is proud to be the longest standing Latina organization in the country. In 40 years, Mujeres has grown tremendously and accomplished many things. As part of the “40 for 40”campaign this month, we are releasing the last 10 of the organization's accomplishments.

 

Help us celebrate these milestones with your support!

2003-2006

2003 Mujeres becomes a program development grantee of the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence, allowing the agency to expand services when most organizations are cutting back.

 

2004 A new Mujeres office is opened in Cicero to better serve the growing Latino community. 

 

2005 Mujeres joins with Instituto del Progreso to begin a citizenship preparation program to provide services that help legal permanent residents become U.S. citizens. 

 

2006 The new headquarters opens on 21st Place. This much larger facility allows Mujeres to offer services to even more women and families in need. 

 

2007-2010

2007 In collaboration with DePaul University, Mujeres releases its second Latina Portrait, a study that examines how issues like healthcare, immigration, and education affect Latinas. 

 

2008 Mujeres hosts a Mother’s Day concert at the Aragon Ballroom featuring singer Jenni Rivera. 

 

2009 A new partnership between Mujeres and the Mexican Consulate results in the “Ventanillas de Salud” program which provides health services for Mexicans living in the USA. 

 

2010  Mujeres receives funding from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women for the first time. 

 

2011-2013

2011 The Maria Mangual Leadership Conference: La Mujer Despierta is held for the first time. This day-long conference brings together and connects Latina leaders from throughout Chicago. 

 

2012 The annual Family Fest is renamed the Alicia Amador Family Fest in honor of Alicia, a Youth Services Coordinator who worked in the youth programs and had an impact on many lives. 

 

2013 Mujeres celebrates its 40th Anniversary.

As part of the “40 for 40”, you will become a Mujeres’ Anniversary Supporter, your name will appear in our annual report, and you will be entered in the Gala raffle for 2 tickets to our Benefit dinner, valued at $400.

 

Since November, we have highlighted 10 milestones per month, just to give you more reasons to support Mujeres and to know how much we have achieved since 1973!

 

While we are grateful for your ongoing support throughout the year, please consider making an additional $40 donation for this special anniversary year and become one of Mujeres’ Anniversary Supporters, strengthening the work Mujeres does for many years to come!!

 

You can donate online here or send a check to:

Mujeres Latinas en Accion

2124 W. 21st Place

Chicago, IL 60608

 

After you donate, please email Sandra Del Toro at sandra@mujereslat.org and let her know that you are one of the “40 for 40” Mujeres’ Anniversary Supporter to enter the Gala Raffle.

 

 

February 22, 2013 | 2:09 PM