NLCI Kicks Off 19th El Día de los Niños Celebration in Washington, DC


The National Latino Children's Institute (NLCI) kicked off its 19th El Día de los Niños celebration in the nation's capital with an event focused on "The Status of Latino Children in the U.S." The event brought together national Latino leaders and children's advocates to raise awareness about the issues and concerns faced by the youngest and fastest group in the country.

Speakers included national issue experts including: Dr. Mark Lopez, Pew Research Center; Yoli Flores, Ann E. Casey Foundation; Wendy Cervantes, First Focus; Dr. Mary Lou de Leon Siantz, NLCI Board and UC Davis School of Nursing and Arturo Vargas, National Association for Latino Elected Officials.

Senator Bob Menendez (NJ) was recognized for his leadership in introducing the El Día de los Niños Senate Resolution for the last decade. Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM) introduced a similar resolution in the House of Representatives and President Obama issued a congratulatory message to the NLCI and event attendees.

Over 130 cities are expected to celebrate April 30th as El Día de los Niños, reaching thousands of Latino children and their families.

For more information, visit NLCI's Initiatives and the EL Día de Los Niños Facebook page.

Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM) Champions El Día de los Niños Resolution in the House of Representatives

Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham, committed to continuing the work started 17 years ago by retiring Congressman Rubén Hinojosa (TX) and Senator Bob Menendez (NJ) to recognize April 30th as El Día de los Niños.  She introduced a resolution and encouraged her colleagues in the House of Representatives to support it.  Congresswoman Lujan Grisham serves as Vice Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and her full remarks can be viewed here.

Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM), speaks on the House of Representatives Floor regarding the 2016
House Resolution she introduced in support for El Dia de los Ninos.


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