Mujeres en el Movimiento

Latina LGBT Women Host 4th Annual

“Mujeres en el Movimiento” Networking Event

Women across the region will gather to network with and

honor queer Latina leaders and activists within the metro D.C. community

Legacy Award: Dulce Benavides
Rising Star Award: Maria Alejandra Salas-Baltuano, Many Languages One Voice (MLOV) 
Rising Star Award: Joanna Cifredo, DC Rape Crisis Center              

WHAT: “Mujeres en el Movimiento” Awards & Networking Happy Hour
WHEN: April 9, 2015 • 6:30 - 8:30 p.m
WHERE:   Jin, 2017 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009
WHO: Women, Latino GLBT History Project, DC Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs, David Bohnett Foundation, Tagg Magazine, Brother Help Thyself, National LGBTQ Task Force, LULAC, The DC LGBT Center, Makers Lab, El Zol 107.9fm, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Music by DJ Rat of Maracuyeah. 21+ to enter Jin.
HOST: Join the Host Committee, become a Madrina/Padrino Host

Washington, DC - The Latino GLBT History Project (LHP) will host the 4th annual "Mujeres en el Movimiento" celebration, a unique social event created by and for queer Latinas from metropolitan Washington, D.C. "We are extremely excited and proud to be highlight the stories of and honoring three courageous queer Latinas," said Esther Hidalgo, "Mujeres en el Movimiento" chair.  "These women have demonstrated their commitment through their outstanding work in the areas of women’s empowerment, racial justice, and activism at the intersections of the Latino and LGBT communities," said Latino GLBT History Project Vice President Alexa Rodriguez. 

The Rising Star Awards will be presented to two up-and-coming queer Latina leaders who have shown great dedication, commitment, and promise as a community leaders. Maria Alejandra Salas-Baltuanoborn in Lima, Peru and raised in Northern Virginia, works as education organizer for Many Languages One Voice (MLOV). She has used her own experiences and identity as a queer immigrant womyn to create a safe space for all intersections of our identities through projects at the Latin American Youth Center and her efforts to provide more support for English Language Learner students in the District. Joanna Cifredo is a writer and the founder of, the Brand Ambassador for the DC Rape Crisis Center (DCRCC) and a fierce advocate for transgender issues. Joanna was born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico and raised in Kissimmee, Florida. Joanna has mentored youth at ¡Empodérate! Youth Center at La Clínica del Pueblo, currently serves on the board of directors to Whitman Walker Health and is the recipient of the 2015 Visionary Voice Award by National Sexual Violence Resource Center for her work on Trans-Inclusive Healthcare. Joanna, in conjunction with DCRCC, is launching a city-wide conversation called "SIS to Cis," a conversation between cis and transgender people of color.

The Legacy Award will be presented to Dulce Benavides to recognize her long history of service to the LGBT and Latina/o communities. Since her early 20’s, Dulce has been involved with improving the lives of LGBTQ people from her activism at University of Texas in San Antonio, as a co-chair of San Antonio Lesbian Gay Assembly (SALGA), or in her role as advisory board member at the Lesbian Services Program at then Whitman Walker Clinic after she moved to DC in 2002. She works as a practicing Psychologist with the belief that we live our lives at the intersections. It is at those intersections of identity, where we as Latino/a LGBTQ people can make lasting social change for nuestra gente and nuestro futuro.

“Mujeres en el Movimiento” is a place for queer Latinas to come together to build a strong and supportive community with other like-minded women. It’s a great opportunity for networking and sharing inspiring stories and achievements. Come out and enjoy drinks, great Latino music, and a historical digital photo exhibition. Over 100 women are expected to attend. Our past honorees include Laura Esquivel, Letitia Gomez, Lisbeth Melendez-Rivera, and Officer Rosa Roldan-Torres. Past honorees are women who have made significant contributions to the Latino community and the LGBT community at both the local and national level.  

We invite proud Latinas and members of Washington’s active LGBT community to join us for drinks, great music by DJ Rat of Maracuyeah and a beautiful digital historical exhibition.

A $5 donation is suggested.

For more information, to volunteer or sponsor the event please contact Latino GLBT History Project development committee at or (202) 670-5547. To join the Mujeres en el Movimiento Honorary Host Committee, please make a minimum donation of $25 online or mail a check to Latino GLBT History Project, c/o CFO Services Group, 1308 19th St. NW, Suite 100, Washington, DC 20036. Madrina hosts are asked to donate $150. Email how you would like your name to be listed on the video presentation at the event and LHP website to 

The Latino GLBT History Project (LHP)’s mission is to investigate, collect, preserve and educate the public about the history, culture, heritage, arts, social and rich contributions of the Latino GLBT community in metropolitan Washington, D.C. To accomplish our mission, the LHP creates educational exhibits from our historical archives collection showcased at cultural events such as, a Women’s History Month Reception, a Hispanic LGBT Heritage Reception and DC Latino Pride, educational presentations at local and national conferences and through our online virtual museum at

2015 Planning Committee 
Esther Hidalgo, Nancy Cañas, Lena Hernandez, Ana Gomez, Miriam Perez, 
Tamira Ramirez, Alexa Rodriguez, May Sifuentes, Jennifer Sanchez, Cristela Solorio Ruiz

Madrina Hosts
Leti Gomez & Ruth Eisenberg
Lisbeth Melendez-Rivera & Lisa Emina Weiner-Mahfuz 
Luis Torres & Thomas Nasvytis
Honorary Host Committee 
Alejandra Acevedo, Jorge Amaro & Steven Olivarez, Jeremy Ayers, C. Ana Belmiro, Dulce Benavides
Laura Esquivel, Earl Fowlkes, Gabriel Garcia-Vera, Helen Gonzales, Jose Gutierrez, Paul Marengo Fidel Morin, Eric Palladini, Sapna Pandya, David M. Pérez, Tamira Ramirez, Jason Resendez, Hena Schommer


Mujeres en el Movimiento 2015 Sponsors





*Mujeres en el Movimiento = Women in the Movement