LULAC Mourns Loss Of Life In Miami Area Condominium Building Collapse

Nation’s Oldest and Largest Latino Civil Rights Organization Praises Joint Rescue and Recovery Assistance by Officials and Volunteers

Washington, DC - The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) issued the following statement in the wake of the Champlain Towers condominium tragedy early Thursday which has claimed multiple lives and left dozens missing.

Ivonne Quinoñes - LULAC National Board Member and Vice-President for the Southeast
“Our hearts go out to the families of all who have lost loved ones in this disaster and we send our deepest condolences during this time of grief. It is truly touching to see the outpouring of assistance by first responders and community members who have been working non-stop, both in the rescue and recovery of victims from this unimaginable loss. LULAC is here to provide whatever support we can in calling for humanitarian and government relief during this extraordinary tragedy.”

Elsie Valdes-Ramos - LULAC National Board Member and Vice-President for Women
“The women of LULAC join with the families in Miami who have suffered the greatest pain a mother, sister, or daughter can ever experience in life. We are grieved by their loss and want them to know that we are with them in spirit, prayer and the fortitude of unity. Our women members throughout the United States and Puerto Rico are closely monitoring the situation. We will be very attune in coming days to lend our voice in support of all possible help for temporary shelter, food and whatever other assistance survivors need.”

Sindy Benavides - LULAC National Chief Executive Officer
“One of LULAC’s principal missions is advancing the access to safe housing for Latinos in the United States and Puerto Rico. We urge elected leaders at all levels to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into this catastrophic structural failure to learn what caused it. Also, to determine if the factors which contributed to this tragedy could have been averted and what steps must be taken to prevent a similar disaster from being repeated. The goal of LULAC in making this request is that out of something so terrible, perhaps a positive change can be made for the safety of our communities.”


The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest Hispanic civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services, and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting the critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit

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