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Honoree Spotlights: Berlotte Antoine and NYCLU-Nassau County
ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR: NYCLU
CLA is thrilled to honor Nassau County NYCLU as our Organization of the Year, and we thank its Director, Susan Gottehrer, for receiving the honor on behalf of this great organization. Susan, who has been a part of the New York Civil Liberties family since 2006, has been a fierce advocate for improving public defense and initiating police reform throughout her career. We are grateful that she has brought her endless passion for justice to Nassau County working on behalf of NYCLU.
The Nassau County chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union is one of the organizations leading the advocacy charge against Nassau County Executive Larua Curran’t proposal to house ICE agents at the Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC). In conjunction with CLA and other local organizations, Nassau County NYCLU and Susan Gottehrer were a main player in organizing the successful Press Conference: Keep ICE out of NUMC! at the Nassau County Legislature.
ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR: BERLOTTE ANTOINE
Berlotte Antoine has been a tireless advocate for members of her community for almost 2 decades. In addition to hosting the weekly informational Brase Lide Radio Show, whose mission is to provide information to the Haitian community from various nonprofit agencies and professionals, Berlotte volunteers for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, is part of the American Red Cross of Greater NY, is a member of the Women in Faith 2019 Cohort and is a fellow of We Are ALL Brooklyn. In 2016, Berlotte founded the Multicultural Ladies Initiative, which aims to connect New York's diverse population of women as they celebrate and learn from one another.
Berlotte's advocacy extends beyond her volunteer work into her professional career. She recently earned her Master of Social Work degree and works as a Senior Paralegal at the New York Legal Assistance Group, providing assistance to countless clients. She currently works in the Tenants’ Rights Unit, after previously working in the LegalHealth and Storm Response Units.