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August 18, 2011

Mayor Vincent C. Gray Mourns Death of Saul Solorzano 

Longtime District Latino-Rights Advocate Passed Away August 17

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(WASHINGTON, DC) – Mayor Vincent C. Gray today expressed his grief over the August 17 death of a longtime Latino rights advocate in the District. Saul Solorzano was the President of the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), where he had been working to advocate for and serve the Latino community since 1991. Additional commitments of his to the Latino community were his service in Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton’s DC Congressional Latino Council as well as his former service in the Mayor’s Commission on Latino Community Development, which oversees the Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs (OLA).

After coming to the United States as a refugee from El Salvador, Mr. Solorzano received his B.A. in business management from the University of the District of Columbia and earned his master’s degree in public administration from American University. The Mayor said he and the staff of his Office of Latino Affairs staff grieved on behalf of all of those who had the opportunity and honor to work with Mr. Solorzano and expressed empathy and sorrow with the Solorzano family and the Latino community over the loss of a leader whose commitment to the needs and rights of marginalized communities will forever be remembered.

“I was saddened by the news that a compassionate leader and Latino rights activist in our community has passed away,” Mayor Gray said. “Saul Solorzano formerly served on the Mayor’s Commission on Latino Community Development, and his dedication to his work has had a profound and lasting impact on this often-underserved population. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Solorzano family and with the District’s entire Latino community in this time of great loss.”