LULAC: Our Deepest Condolences To Vanessa Guillen’s Family
Nation’s Oldest and Largest Latino Civil Rights Organization Says Death of Latina Army Private Must Lead to Important Changes
Washington, DC - Domingo Garcia, National President of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) today issued the following confirmation of the death of Army Private Vanessa Guillen:
“This is a sad and painful time for Vanessa’s family and the community and we grieve with them in the loss of this beloved daughter, sister and brave soldier. On behalf of LULAC, I want to tell Gloria, Vanessa’s mother and Mayra, her sister, that we will not rest until a full investigation is conducted by the military and changes are made so that this never happens to another soldier. For now, we pause and stand with the Guillen family in their time of sorrow and we will be with them to lay Vanessa to rest.
In a few days, LULAC is meeting with the Secretary of the Army in Washington and we are demanding that a separate, independent agency outside of the military protocol be established to investigate reports of rapes, assaults and sexual harassment some of our soldiers are being subjected to and all too often, their claims are ignored. We also know, as we hear from soldiers impacted, that there is a credible fear of reporting due to retaliation and that the majority of cases are not reported. Further, we want women to head these investigations to ensure that the message is loud and clear to every female soldier: WE WILL HEAR YOU AND WE WILL TAKE ACTION.
Also, LULAC has its website www.LULAC.org/VanessaGuillen up and running so any soldier can feel free to contact us and submit their information which we will protect and send directly to the appropriate law enforcement authority. Finally, we are urging the public to support the Guillen family during this difficult time by donating directly on the Go Fund Me page setup by Mayra: click here .
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest 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 critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit https://lulac.org/