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Dear Friends and Community Members,
It is with deep gratitude for her leadership and dedication that we announce the retirement of our Executive Director, Cecilia Gastón. Cecilia’s feisty, passionate advocacy, and unwavering commitment to immigrant survivors of intimate partner and sexual violence made her a force to be reckoned with in New York City and she will be dearly missed at VIP. Cecilia will be closing out a decade of VIP leadership on June 30, 2018.
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50 years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, his legacy of fighting for civil rights across identity lines holds many lessons and a great deal of promise for us in 2018. Martin Luther King Jr. believed in large scale organizing and fought for a civil rights movement based on the principles of solidarity.
With immense gratitude to the 98% of Black women in Alabama who voted against racism and sexual violence this week, and the survivors of the #MeToo movement who broke their silence to create change, we reflect on the hard-won victories of 2017. This is what is possible when marginalized survivors lead.
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