USHLI is pleased to announce San Juan, Puerto Rico Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, as the recipient of the 2019 Dolores Huerta Woman of Courage Medallion

United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) announced San Juan, Puerto Rico Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, as the recipient of the 2019 Dolores Huerta Woman of Courage Medallion at the Latina Empowerment Breakfast at USHLI’s 37th National Conference. The conference will be held February 14-17, 2019, at the Sheraton Grand Chicago, located at 301 E. North Water Street in Chicago, IL.

Mayor Yulín Cruz who earned degrees at Boston University and Carnegie Mellon University returned to Puerto Rico and worked as a mayoral assistant. She ran against a three-term incumbent and was elected mayor in 2012 and reelected in 2016. Dolores Huerta, who has been at the forefront of the struggle for social and economic justice for over six decades, will present the Medallion to Mayor Yulín Cruz at 8:30am on Friday, February 15.

Dr. Juan Andrade, USHLI President said, “We are privileged to have the honor of recognizing one of the most admired and respected leaders in the nation and Western Hemisphere at our national conference. Mayor Yulín Cruz rose to national and worldwide prominence following Hurricane Maria, a natural disaster that devastated the beautiful island of Puerto Rico – claiming a countless loss of lives, destroying thousands of homes, causing massive infrastructural destruction that resulted in the loss of electrical power, clean water, and limited the availability of health and medical services. A strong critic of the federal government’s failure in providing adequate and timely assistance, Mayor Yulín Cruz is known for and will be remembered for inspiring the people who suffered during and in the aftermath of a killer hurricane and her courage in speaking truth to power on behalf of the Puerto Rican people.”