Building Community Power to Advance Economic Recovery, Equity & Opportunity for all Angelenos

Photo: Bamby Salcedo (left)

“Hope is what keeps me going. Hope continues to let us know that there are good people out there who have the resources and heart and believe that investing in the lives of our community members is important.” — Bamby Salcedo, President & CEO of Translatin@ Coalition

Bamby is an immigrant and transgender Latina who has called Los Angeles her home since she was 18. Like many Angelenos, her dreams and aspirations have allowed her to overcome some of the most difficult challenges and turn those experiences into opportunities.

Growing up as a transgender, immigrant, Latina came with a lot of challenges. From a young age, Bamby experienced poverty, homelessness, discrimination, fear of deportation and had to learn how to survive. Through hard work, and support from the community, she persevered, earned her master’s degree and founded the first ever Trans-led, nonprofit organization dedicated to address the specific needs of Transgender and Gender nonconforming and Intersex (TGI) immigrant women in Los Angeles.

When asked how she was able to overcome these challenges, Bamby states that it was her community that gave her the support she needed. “When tragedy hits, people facing similar struggles come together to form community, celebrate our backgrounds, our culture and support one another.”

As the President & CEO of Translatin@ Coalition, Bamby has witnessed the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on immigrants and LGBTQ Angelenos. The immigrant transgender community sits at a difficult intersection. In addition to facing job insecurity and a lack of access to basic social services, they are victims of ongoing violence and discrimination.

In Los Angeles, over 900,000 undocumented Angelenos – mothers, brothers, friends, classmates – have been excluded from federal and state relief packages. “This has placed an unprecedented burden on our local nonprofits, which serve as critical safety-nets, trusted community messengers, providers of local services and programs and advocates for community members”, says Rosie Arroyo, California Community Foundation’s Senior Program Officer for Immigration.

Over the years, Bamby’s commitment to creating a better world has been felt locally and internationally, and her voice is one of inspiration and a call for change. In Los Angeles, The TransLatin@ Coalition is working in partnership with a diverse group of more than 80 community organizations – such as CHIRLA, CAIR-LA, Pilipino Workers Center among others — representing Latinx communities, Asian American Pacific Islanders, Black immigrants and Muslim immigrants, to give voice and visibility to communities that have been left out of federal aid and assistance. Together they formed the Immigrants are Los Angeles Campaign and are actively building community power to advance economic recovery, equity and opportunity for all Angelenos.

The past 18 months have shown us that the long-term effects of COVID-19 are far-reaching and extend beyond health. Without long term systemic change that guarantees community members equity, thousands of Angelenos face an uncertain future.

Over the last decade, CCF has played a significant role in coordinated, multi-sector responses to advocate for the needs of immigrant communities in Los Angeles. The economic wellbeing of our region is directly tied to the wellbeing of immigrants. To learn more about CCF’s Immigrants Are Los Angeles Fund, click here.

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