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Latin America
Left to right: Loretta Garcia (co-chair), Don Chery (treasurer), Aurora Ramos-Castillo (co-chair), Isabel Castillo (co-chair)

The Latin America Taskforce Network (LATN) gives expression to Unitarian Universalist principles by its support of those who seek social, political, and economic justice in Latin America and the Caribbean and by its humanitarian concern for refugees escaping poverty and conflicts in those regions.

We directly support economic and educational development through funding for university scholarships for high school students from Santa Marta, El Salvador. We sponsor allocations to groups working in those regions and for immigrant programs in the local area. The Task Force sponsors delegations to El Salvador, allowing youth and adults to witness the conditions in the country and to participate with Salvadorans in community development projects.

We support the refugee population in the Washington area through our support of La Clinica del Pueblo (a free medical clinic in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington that serves primarily Latino residents) and other area Latino Community groups such as Casa de Maryland.

We also support and work with many national and international organizations to improve conditions in Latin America and the Caribbean and to heighten awareness here in the United States about these regions. These organizations include Guatemala Human Rights Campaign, LAWG, EPICA, and Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA). The Task Force is a supporting group of Companion Community Development Alternatives (CoCoDA), a non-governmental organization located in Indianapolis, IN, that has established special working relations with 6 non-governmental organizations in El Salvador.

We work to engage our members and educate our congregation to persuade Congress and the President to take actions to improve conditions in Latin America and the Caribbean. Our past efforts have included advocacy for the elimination of military assistance to El Salvador and Guatemala, support for the peace process in these countries, closing the School of the Americas, removing the embargo on Cuba, and immigration reform.

In 2013, RRUUC and LATN received an award from Montgomery County for its work in El Salvador and in the local community.

 

Members are on the boards of organizations supported by the Task Force; Don Chery (CoCoDA) and Virginia Richardson (Council of Latino Agencies).

We welcome and include all persons interested in our work at monthly meetings (first Monday of the month) which include presentations on topics of interest.

Contact: Loretta Garcia, Isabel Castillo, Aurora Ramos-Castillo or email infoLATN [at] rruuc.org