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DACA Youth – Lives Hanging in the Balance

It is with a very heavy heart that I write this note. Today, we learned that the Trump administration has rescinded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. Honestly, we were expecting this on day one. The cruel and disheartening news came seven months later. Today, like business leaders, elected and appointed government officials, national…

Statement Following Events in Charlottesville

Statement from the Lori Kaplan, President & CEO of LAYC Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) would like to extend its most sincere condolences to the family of Heather Heyer, who was killed when a car rammed into a crowd of counter protesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, 2017. Heather…

Message from LAYC President & CEO

There will soon be a leadership transition at Latin American Youth Center (LAYC). The Board of Directors has hired LeaderFit to work with us to find LAYC’s next President & CEO. When the search is complete, I will step down from the role in which I have been privileged to serve for 30 years. We…

Why I Work To Protect Our Nation’s Immigrant Story

The city I call home—Washington, DC—is a sanctuary city, a place that has affirmed that law enforcement will protect and serve all residents, regardless of immigration status and mandates at the federal level. Within days of the inauguration, our new administration announced that sanctuary cities would face the loss of federal funds if they did…

Thoughts Since the Election: Reaffirming Our Values

As the days go by and we prepare for a new administration, I wanted to share a few thoughts. In the context of uncertainty, there are some very important things that have not changed. Most importantly, LAYC’s values have not changed. They are the values that have grounded LAYC since we were founded almost 50…

Thoughts on the NCLR report: Toward a More Equitable Future: the Trends & Challenges Facing America’s Latino Children

Last week, I was a panelist on NCLR’s press conference for the recently released report, Toward a More Equitable Future: The Trends & Challenges Facing America’s Latino Children. The report is an up-to-date demographic analysis on the health and wellbeing of our nation’s Latino children aged 0–17. The research document also comes with an electronic…