Media Advisory

Congresswomen Mucarsel-Powell and Shalala, UnidosUS and Connect Familias to Discuss the Economic Impact of the Great Recession on Latinos

10 Years of Economic Loss and Recovery

March 14, 2019

Miami, FL—On Monday, March 18, UnidosUS’s (formerly NCLR) policy experts alongside Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-Fla. 26th District), Congresswoman Donna Shalala (D-Fla. 27th District) and Betty Alonso from Connect Familias will host a public forum to listen to local Latinos’ financial experiences since the onset of the Great Recession. The event will include the release of UnidosUS’s new report, “Latinos and the Great Recession: 10 Years of Economic Loss and Recovery.”

The Great Recession negatively impacted many communities across the country, in particular Latinos, who experienced disproportionate and devastating economic losses. The report will highlight key findings on how Latinos are faring in terms of recovery 10 years later in the areas of homeownership, employment and wealth and poverty levels. In addition, findings of the report will highlight barriers to wealth building and economic security that continue to persist.

The event will provide an in-depth look at the report as well as an opportunity to hear from policymakers, economic experts and local community members. The forum will then be followed by a Q&A session from the public and media.

Interested media should RSVP to Gabriela Gomez at or (202) 776-1732.


WHAT: A public forum to listen to local Latinos on their financial experience since the Great Recession and challenges they need to overcome. Release of UnidosUS’s new report “Latinos and the Great Recession: 10 Years of Economic Loss and Recovery.”
WHEN:Monday, March 18, 2019    
5:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
WHERE:Hilton Miami Airport Blue Lagoon
Tavernier Key/Long Key Room
5101 Blue Lagoon Dr.
Miami, FL 33126
WHO:Jennifer Brown, Esq., Associate Director, Economic Policy, UnidosUS
Betty Alonso, Executive Director, Connect Familias
Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla. 26th District
Congresswoman Donna Shalala, D-Fla. 27th District
Stephanie Román, Senior Policy Analyst, Policy and Advocacy, UnidosUS

, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos at the national and local levels. For more than 50 years, UnidosUS has united communities and different groups seeking common ground through collaboration, and that share a desire to make our country stronger. For more information on UnidosUS, visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.