Afro-Latinos in Washington Announce Panelists and Award Recipients

TransAfrica congratulates our partners Gimena Sanchez- Garzoli, WOLA, Senior Associate for Columbia, and Zakiya Johnson-Carr, Senior Advisor, Race Ethnicity Inclusion Unit, Western Hemisphere on receiving Afro-Latinos in Washington Recognition Awards this February. 

The awards ceremony, taking place tonight, February 19, is free and open to the public. Attend the event and support these great Afro-Latino advocates! 

Register here


Executive Office of the Mayor

Office of Communications


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 14, 2014 

Contact: Kristian Ramos (EOM), 202.510.2809,

                Cherri Sinclair, Alianza Afro-Latina,


Washington D.C. -The  Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs, in collaboration with ACADA and the Afro-Latino Alliance, will host two public programs focused on the Afro-Latino experience during Black History Month.  We are pleased to announce the panelists and award recipients for this event.

AFRO LATINO RECOGNITION AWARDS CEREMONY: Celebrating the Contributions of Afro-Latinos in Advocacy, Human Rights, Education, Volunteerism and the Arts 

WHEN:                February 19, 2014

WHERE:             GALA Theatre, 3333 14 St. NW; Washington DC 20010

TIME:                  6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Recipients:        Franklin Garcia, President DC Latino PAC 

Gimena Sanchez- Garzoli, WOLA, Senior Associate for Columbia
Arturo Griffith, Executive Director Trabajaoders Unidos de Washington DC
Rhadames Avila, President, Fundacion Ninos de Maria
Oswald Cameron, Dentist
Zakiya Johnson-Carr, Senior Advisor Race Ethnicity Inclusion Unit, Western Hemisphere
Neil Stanley, Director, Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services
Liz M. Mallory, Chief Executive of the D.C. Building Industry Association
Los Hermanos Resturaunt
Federico Lind, Business Owner

This event is open and free to the public. Interpretation will be provided. To register for this forum please click here

AFRO-LATINOS IN THE DIASPORA FORUM: History, Culture and Challenges in Asserting their Rightful African Identity 

When:               February 18, 2014 

Where:              GALA Theater, 3333 14th St. NW; Washington, DC 20010 

Time:                 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM 

Panelist:           Gilberto Amaya, Independent Professional, International  
                          Judith Morrison, Senior Advisor, Gender and Diversity Unit 
                          International Development Bank
                          Chris Rodriguez, Author, Latino Manifesto

                          Dr. J. Santiago,Historian, Howard Universtiy 

The event is open and free to the public. Interpretation will be provided.   

To register for this forum please click here.   

The mission of the Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs (OLA) is to improve the quality of life of the District's Latino residents by addressing a broad range of social and economic needs through strategic management of public and private partnerships, expertise on policy, community relations, civic engagement and community-based grants.

 ACADA is a cultural organization under the leadership of Vicky Leyva, a Peruvian singer residing in the Washington Metropolitan Area who also dedicates her work to educating the public on cultural and artistic issues related to the Afro-Latino community.

The Afro-Latino Alliance is a newly formed group dedicated to the advancement of the Afro-Latino community through advocacy, education and coalition building.