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NACOPRW's Vice President, Maria Roman, and Miami Chapter president, Dr. Mayra L. Hernandez Ruiz, attend "Evelina Antonetty's Centennial Celebration at CENTRO" at Hunter College, NY

Yizette Cifredo is surprised with an impressive mural inspired by a photo of her

Boricuas Win Big at the 2022 Golden Globes

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Ariana DeBose, “West Side Story” 

Best actress in a TV series (Drama): Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, “Pose” 

Update on COVID Cases in Puerto Rico

Gretchen Sierra Zorita, New Director for Puerto Rico

Washington, D.C. - The White House Names Gretchen Sierra Zorita Point Person for U.S. Territories. The interests of U.S. citizens living in the territories will receive a boost in the White House as President Joe Biden brings on Gretchen Sierra Zorita to serve as Deputy Director for Puerto Rico and the Territories in the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. In taking up this role, Ms. Sierra Zorita is stepping down from her position on the Board of Directors for Equally American, which advocates for equality and representation for the 3.5 million citizens living in U.S. territories.

Ms. Sierra Zorita is a leading thought leader on federal issues that impact Puerto Rico and other territories. She has worked to bring attention in Washington DC to issues affecting Puerto Ricans on both the island and the mainland, and to draw connections between issues each of the territories face in common. In addition to her service on the Board of Equally American, Ms. Sierra Zorita has served leading roles with the National Puerto Rican Agenda, the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda Puerto Rico Working Group, Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, and the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts. Prior government service includes roles at the U.S. Agency for International Development, the White House Office of Management and Budget, the U.S. Government and Accountability Office, and the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Census and Population.

NACOPRW Vice President Meets with Puerto Rico's Governor

The honorable Pedro Pierluisi, Governor of Puerto Rico, was in New York on Saturday, September 25, 2021. Congressman Ritchie Torres hosted a meeting with community leaders in his district office in the Bronx. Maria Roman, NACOPRW National 1st Vice President was invited to attend the meeting. 

Two Deadly Earthquakes Hit Puerto Rico

Passing of Iris Corchado

Iris Corchado was a long-time member of the National Conference of Puerto Rican Women (NACOPRW)-Miami Chapter. She was a much loved and highly respected member of our community, and above all, she was our good friend and a mentor to many. Her commitment to NACOPRW was exemplary; she participated in activities and events even when she was not in the best of health. Sadly, she passed away on Saturday, March 14, 2020.

Iris dedicated her life to the empowerment of women through educational programs and leadership training. Ever vigilant, she advocated for the rights of women through NACOPRW. Furthermore, through her 30 plus years as a Youth Counselor at ASPIRA of Florida, she also advocated for the education and leadership development of our Puerto Rican/Latino youth.

Iris was Miami Chapter President in 2002. Four years earlier she received the Alicia Baró Achievement Award, Miami Chapter’s highest recognition bestowed upon an outstanding Puerto Rican woman in the community. A longstanding member of El Centro Cultural De Puerto Rico en el Sur de la Florida, Iris also served in various capacities.

Wherever Iris went, she brought with her high energy, enthusiasm, and a zest for life. As one of our members declared, Iris ¡Eres orgullo de nuestra patria! She will be sorely missed.