The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) will meet with members of Congress on Feb. 14 to discuss policies affecting the Hispanic community, including immigration reform, health disparities, educational inequalities and technology, it was announced. The sessions begin Feb. 13 at the JW Marriott and are open to the public.
Scheduled attendees include U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro and Utah state Sen. Luz Robles, who are to be presented with the Presidential Award at an awards gala on Feb. 13.
U.S. representatives attending this year's gala include House minority whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md.; Raul M. Grijalva, D-Ariz.; Grace F. Napolitano, D-Calif.; and Paul Ryan, R-Wis. Also on the roster are Eduardo Medina-Mora, Ambassador of Mexico, and Francisco Campbell, Ambassador of Nicaragua.
"This year's 16th annual Legislative Conference and Awards Gala is especially meaningful given that 12 million Hispanics were key in determining the next president of the United States," Margaret Moran, LULAC national president, said in a statement.
LULAC is the nation's largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization addressing Hispanic concerns. It is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 900 councils around the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
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