SEPA Mujer's 26th Anniversary Gala & Awards
SEPA Mujer, Inc. cordially invites you to attend our 26th Anniversary Awards Gala at Giorgio’s Baiting Hollow (100 Fox Hill Drive, Baiting Hollow, NY 11933) on Thursday, October 3, 2019. The event will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail hour, followed by dinner, our honoree program, and a night of dancing.
Join the amazing SEPA's in the organization's 26th Anniversary Gala!
We've come a long way fighting for what we believe is right, for justice and for equality right here on Long Island. This year's theme "WE, the people / NOSOTROS, el pueblo" speaks to the heart of the work we do at SEPA Mujer Inc., the grassroots empowerment of a community that wishes to rise above injustice and change the face of power. I wish that you can join us as we celebrate our trajectory and the people that make up our humble organization. On October 3rd 2019 at Giorgio's Catering in Calverton we will also celebrate and honor amazing allies and leaders here in our community! Lastly, as tradition we will also uncover the 11th Edition Annual Magazine cover !
Join us in honoring six outstanding organizations and community leaders, and highlighting their exceptional commitment to social justice for our immigrant communities on Long Island.
- Partnership of the Year: Brighter Tomorrows Inc.
- Bio: This award recognizes their outstanding partnership with SEPA Mujer to empower survivors of domestic violence and abuse and connect them with crucial resources and services they need. Since1986, Brighter Tomorrows, Inc. has committed to empowering survivors of domestic violence as a human service agency serving victims from Suffolk, Nassau, NYC, and Tri-State area. Through their provision of emergency shelter, transitional housing, counseling, advocacy, and legal services to Domestic Violence survivors free of charge, they not only support clients to get recovery but also foster personal empowerment, independence, and self-esteem
- Coalition of the Year: North Fork Unity Action Coalition
- Bio: This award recognizes their contribution to community advocacy for human rights, dignity, safety, and well-being of the vulnerable and oppressed people.
N.F.U.A.C has committed to supporting ALL people on Long Island by visiting local elected officials including school administrators and law enforcement in regards to safety issues such as harassment, bullying, and hateful acts. Also, they have taken collective action to support the leadership of our community members of the Black community, those who are formerly-incarcerated, immigrants, individuals with disabilities, members of the Jewish, LGBTQ, and Muslim communities, other neighbors from South Asian and Arab communities, refugees, and women. Their commitment also gears toward to connect with and understand the different life experiences and perspective of people with respect and dignity.
- Advocate of the Year: Jean Kaleda (Patchogue-Medford Library)
- Bio: Jean works in the Spanish Outreach Department and this award recognizes her outstanding advocacy for the Latino community in the village of Patchogue through speaking against injustice, implementing programs in Spanish for the community, and making immigrants feel welcomed not only at the library, but in the village itself.
- Rising Star of the Year: Cecilia Martinez (TPS Advocate & Community Activist)
- Bio: This award recognizes her outstanding advocacy and community organizing work related to TPS over the past years.
Ms. Martinez was born in El Congo, El Salvador and at age 16 she migrated to Long Island in 1998 where she received temporary legal protection; TPS in 2001. Almost 20 years later, the activist and mother has faced federal powers to stop the deportations of "TPSianos" in the United States that includes immigrants from Nepal, Sudan, Haiti, Yemen etc. Ms. Martinez has been dedicated to motivating the Hispanic community and legislators to join and support immigration reforms. Cecilia has been a spokeswoman in El Salvador where she has also organized several press conferences, forums, and meetings with government leaders. Her children have continued the advocacy work by visiting Pope Francis in Rome, participating with her mother in several interviews with international media such as National Geographic, WNYC News, among others. Cecilia has been recognized as a base leader on several occasions for her work. Cecilia is a Community Leader of Long Island Committee: Proresidencia TPS and National Alliance TPS.
- Member of the Year: Victoria Hernandez (Western Suffolk)
- Bio: Victoria Hernández, from Mexico City. Crossing the border at just 22 years old. Facing danger and fear, Victoria came with the goal of seeking a new future for herself and her children. She faced discrimination, domestic violence, both physical and psychological, yet working to get ahead. Soon she discovered that she was not so different from others in this country. Inspired by her mother to not give up, Victoria saw the need to do more and defend the rights of immigrants and women. After President Trump won the elections in 2017, she began volunteering and taking several leadership workshops with SEPA Mujer inc. urging the latino hispanic community to register to vote and participate civically! Since then she committed to help without personal interest. Today she represents the SEPA Mujer Inc. Organization as Lead Coordinator of the West Suffolk area. In it she found a new opportunity to develop her skills to advocate for the community and professionally participate in campaigns such as One Fair Wage NY a Fair salary, Language Access, Driver's licenses for everyone, among others. Victoria now also facilitates several civic workshops, the growth of SEPA Mujer's new Huntington Station chapter and continues to organize several women's groups in demonstrations, legislative visits for social justice and community empowerment. Her children, mother, and the women of SEPA Mujer are her daily inspiration.
- Member of the Year: Alicia Saldierna (Eastern Suffolk)
- Bio: Alicia Saldierna was born in the city of Madero Tamps, Mexico. Immigrating to the United States in 2011. Alicia has had to overcome sexual abuse in her childhood and consequently face toxic relationships as an adult where she lived physical and verbal abuse. Always a visionary woman, she decided to give a different direction to her life. She made the decision to join SEPA Mujer where she found a big support system, family and knowledge. During her empowerment she uncovered the reality of so many other women in her community like herself. She decided to accompany them in their growth and invest in herself and her dreams. She started to prepare herself so she could help other women, the Latino immigrant community and her family and found that this made her truly happy. Alicia continued developing her skills and harnessing knowledge in several other areas such as Health, Beauty, Finance, Business and the world of Coaching. Today she is an entrepreneur in the cleaning and maintenance industry of homes as well as in beauty. Now helping other women to have a source of income. Recently she launched her own line of eyelashes. She teaches self-makeup workshops and offers private mentorship consultations. She now has several certifications: Coach with PLN, Master Coach, Master in sales with PLN, Lecturer and Facilitator of exchange processes endorsed by Edmundo Velazco, John Maxwell, among others. In 2016, She launched her own empowerment digital program “Success stories that inspire”. "Mami undertakes" Interviewing several inspiring people. Since then she has incorporated her programs in different sources such as La Fiesta 98.5 fm in Long Island, NY. and more recently LatinoRadioTV.com. where she is the director and conducts her own program "A spark of Motivation". You can find Alicia supporting the growth and empowerment of women in the media, in community service or with SEPA Mujer as a volunteer, mentor, sponsor or organizer for Feminine and immigrant justice. She remains optimistic about life, with several projects ahead and strives to leave her daughter and the new generations, a legacy so that they can make a better world and a more empowered society.