Miami, FL–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–October 19, 2005–To assist victims of domestic violence and raise awareness, the nation’s largest prepaid wireless service, Miami-based TracFone Wireless, Inc. and the largest and oldest Hispanic civil rights organization, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) presented dozens of cell phones, complete with airtime and one years service, to the Dial-A-Life program that is sponsored by Miami-Dade Commission Chairman Joe A. Martinez, on Tuesday, October 18th in the Stephen P. Clark Center in Miami, Florida.
Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman, Joe A. Martinez, accepted the 50 TRACFONEs, programmed with local and national emergency numbers, to help ensure that victims have access to assistance when faced with an emergency. The cell phones will be distributed to domestic violence victims by the Dial-A-Life program and the Miami-Dade County Department of Human Services.
While domestic violence is a widespread problem across populations, LULAC and TRACFONE recognize that the Latino community faces an array of cultural, linguistic, and systemic barriers when addressing the problem.
“A wireless phone is a powerful tool for victims of domestic violence that enables them to call for assistance when faced with an emergency situation,” said FJ Pollak, President and CEO of Miami-based TracFone Wireless. “We are pleased to support LULAC’s great work, especially right here in our own backyard. We encourage others in the community to join the efforts to end domestic violence.”
Program participants included: Joe A. Martinez, Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman; Dr. Mae D. Bryant, Interim Dept. Director, Miami-Dade County Department of Human Services; Anita de Palma, LULAC Florida State Director; Dottie Johnson, Manager of Diversity and Development, USPS; Etiony Aldarondo, Board Member, Alianza; Barbara Howard, published poet and spoken word artist and Raymundo Varela and Sherri Pfefer, TracFone Wireless.
TracFone Wireless, Inc. is a subsidiary of América Móvil, Latin America’s largest mobile phone provider, with more than 74 million cellular subscribers across the continent. TracFone Wireless is the largest prepaid wireless service provider in the U.S. today, with more than 4.9 million subscribers. TracFone Wireless’ nationwide prepaid wireless service has no contracts, credit checks, monthly bills, activation or reactivation fees, deposits or minimum age requirements. TRACFONEs are available at more than 60,000 retailers nationwide, including Kmart, Office Max, RadioShack, Sam’s Club, Target, Walgreens and Wal-Mart. For more information on TracFone Wireless, visit http://www.tracfone.com.
League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the largest and oldest Hispanic Organization in the United States, with approximately 115,000 members throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. LULAC advances the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, health and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs operating at more than 600 LULAC councils nationwide.