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February 14-15, 2024

Award Recipients & Host

Edward James Olmos

Lifetime Achievement Award

Edward James Olmos

Edward James Olmos is a Mexican American actor, director, producer, and activist known for his gruff voice and distinctive features and for his crafting of complex Latino characters in film, television, and theater. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as mathematics teacher Jaime Escalante in Stand and Deliver (1988). He is also known for his political activism and humanitarian work.

A longtime activist, Olmos lent a considerable amount of his time and energy to his community in Los Angeles following the acquittal of several white police officers on charges connected with the severe beating of Rodney King, a Black motorist. Olmos worked on the Rebuild L.A. committee and received an award from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for his work promoting racial unity. Olmos also worked with gang prevention programs and organizations serving children who have been abused or who have disabilities.

Soledad O’Brien

Award-winning documentarian, journalist, speaker, author, and philanthropist

Nanette Diaz Barragán

U.S. House of Representatives, California’s 44th Congressional district

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Jesús G. "Chuy" García

U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois' 4th District

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Secretary Xavier Becerra

U.S. Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services

Alejandra Y. Castillo

Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development

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Xochitl Torres Small

Deputy Secretary of Agriculture

Mario Diaz

Deputy Under Secretary of the Army (DUSA)

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We will conduct a policy summit with Members of Congress, their staff, and Hispanic leaders on Wednesday to address key policy priorities for 2024. Also, on Wednesday, several panels of experts will be discussing issues of key importance to the Hispanic community, such as health care, comprehensive immigration reform, technology, education, and civic engagement.

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The LULAC National Legislative Conference and Awards Gala highlights critical legislative issues affecting Hispanic Americans and recognizes key leaders who have served the Hispanic community well. This conference also celebrates the 95th anniversary of LULAC, which was formed on February 17, 1929.

Conference Speakers

Domingo Garcia

LULAC National President

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Secretary Gina Raimondo

U.S. Secretary of Commerce

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Secretary Deb Haaland

U.S. Secretary of the Interior

Alejandra Y. Castillo

Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development

Alan Davidson

Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator

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Esteban Moctezuma Barragán

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mexico to the United States of America

Dr. Elena V. Rios

President & CEO, National Hispanic Medical Association

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Rebecca Pringle

President of the National Education Association

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Rafael Agustin

Award Winning Writer, Author and National Film Preservation Board Member
Lupita Infante


Lupita Infante

With an elegant and graceful style reminiscent of Mexico’s classic mariachi crooners, recording artist Lupita Infante brings a sensual and soothing vocal contrast to the bold sounds of regional Mexican music. Infante’s GRAMMY nominated debut album, “La Serenata”, is proof that she is a star on the rise not only for her talent but for her perseverance. Although heir to the Infante Mexican music and film dynasty, Lupita has worked diligently amidst hardship for her current successes.

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The Mayflower Hotel

A luxury icon in Washington, DC, for nearly a century, The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection is a destination unlike any other. Immerse in the monuments and museums of the National Mall, one of the many sites near our historic hotel. Deftly combining historic grandeur and modern sophistication, our boutique hotel has long been a favorite of celebrities and dignitaries—and we invite you to add your name to our story. With an architecturally stunning lobby and exquisitely appointed rooms and suites, everything at our hotel on Connecticut Ave NW is crafted with unerring attention to detail. Rooms and suites juxtapose natural hues with vibrant tones and include marble bathrooms.

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