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Thus far in 2017, the DMV has experienced dramatic and troubling hate-based crimes—from nooses found at Smithsonian museums, to fake I.C.E. notices encouraging citizens to report illegal immigrants and refugees, and vandalism against Casa Ruby, one of the city’s leading LGBTQ activist organizations, to name just a few instances. And with President Donald Trump‘s ongoing efforts to create and enforce draconian immigration policies, many immigrants in the region—and the entire country—are living with a fresh sense of fear and anxiety.
Amid changing policy and menacing acts, La Clínica del Pueblo, a Latino health and medical center in Mount Pleasant, announced today that it is opening a second location in Langley Park, Md. The new center will focus on the Latinx LGBTQ community. It opens June 6, will offer health services for LGBTQ Latinx people, and “will provide support in particular to recent immigrants,” a release states. It’ll offer bilingual programming and services that focus on health education, prevention, how to get proper care, and various social support services, especially for members of the LGBTQ Latinx community.
“We are thrilled to open a safe space for the Latinx LGBTQ community in the heart of Langley Park,” La Clínica executive director Alicia Wilson said in a release. “Our new Empodérate site will be an exciting addition to Langley Park’s diverse, dynamic immigrant community and provide much-needed support to folks who have been left out of the safety net and marginalized for too long.”
The center, which is located at 7411 Riggs Rd. Suite 308, in Hyattsville, will celebrate its opening on Tuesday, June 6.