Congreso CEO Cynthia Figueroa

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Philadelphia – The Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania (HBA PA) honored Congreso de Latino Unido’s CEO & President Cynthia Figueroa with their 15th annual “La Justicia Award,” at a February 11th, City Hall ceremony that included recognition of Third Circuit Appeals Court Judge L. Felipe Restrepo.

  “We are excited to recognize two outstanding Latino pioneers: a community based leader and one of the most distinguished members of the judiciary,” said Priscilla Jimenez, President of the HBA PA. “It is a manifestation of how the HBA PA is engaged in all aspects of the Latino community.”

  The decision of honor Ms. Figueroa with the prestigious award, according to a statement from the HBA PA, was based on her “activism on behalf of victims of domestic violence and her stewardship of Congreso de Latinos Unidos, a nonprofit organization with a mission to strengthen Latino communities through social, economic, education and health services, leadership development and advocacy.”

  In addition, Ms. Figueroa has a leadership role in “organizing nonprofit service providers in Pennsylvania to call for a resolution of the Commonwealth’s budget impasse. The stalemate is affecting the state’s most vulnerable populations and its social workforce.”

   “It’s an honor to be recognized for the work that started my career in social services,” said Ms. Figueroa. “As an advocate for domestic violence awareness, receiving the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania’s La Justicia Award is a great honor. I hope that victims and survivors everywhere know that they have a network of allies seeking justice on their behalf.”