Marleine Bastien Enters Race for Miami-Dade County Commission District 2
[MIAMI DADE] – Longtime Community Leader Marleine Bastien joined the race for Miami-Dade County Commission District 2. District 2 includes part of Little Haiti, Liberty City, Hialeah, North Miami Beach, and North Miami.
Founder Family Action Network Movement
Bastien has worked for decades to strengthen families and small businesses in South Florida. In 1991, she founded Family Action Network Movement (formerly FANM-Haitian Women of Miami). This, after 13 years of distinguished services as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Jackson Memorial Hospital. And, five years as a Paralegal\Advocate at the now defunct Haitian Refugee Center.
Under her leadership, FANM has provided a wide array of social services to thousands. Especially, to low- to moderate-income South Florida residents. Marleine also led successful campaigns for economic development, education reform, and equity in disaster response. In addition to increased access to health care, affordable housing, and immigration fairness.
Career of Community Service
She is a co-founder and twice past board chair of the Florida Immigrant Coalition (60-member statewide organization). A co-founding member of the Miami Climate Alliance (80 member organizations in Miami-Dade County), and Haitian Neighborhood Center (Sant La). In addition, Bastien is a founding board member of Human Services Coalition (now Catalyst Miami) and American for Immigrants Justice. Plus, she is a former board member and outspoken advocate for the Kristi House, the Health Foundation of South Florida, the Miami-Dade County Commission on The Status of Women, Treasurer and Community Outreach Volunteer for the Children’s Trust Campaigns — to name just a few.
A recipient of numerous awards and accolades. Bastien has been instrumental in shaping many of the most important programs and agencies that serve low- to moderate-income residents in Miami-Dade County and the wider region.
Bastien has also been honored with countless awards, including most notably: Social Worker of the Year Award, Miami-Dade County (2000), Human Rights Award, Amnesty International (2000), Women of the Year Award by Ms. Magazine (2001) and Leadership for a Changing World Award, Ford Foundation (2002).
In 2005, Bastien was named “One of the 35 Most Remarkable Women in the World” by Essence Magazine and U.S. Human Rights Movement Builders Award from the (U.S. Human Rights Network, 2013).
In 2015, Bastien received the “Stanley Milledge Lifetime Achievement Award” from the ACLU, NAACP Leadership Awards (2002 and 2018), and League of Women Voters Women Who Shine Award (2019).
Bastien has been invited to testify before Congress, the OAS Human Rights Committee in Washington, D.C., the United Nations Human Rights Committee during the World Immigration Forum in Manila (2009), during the review of the U.S. Human Rights Records in Geneva (2013). Additionally, she received congressional recognitions from Senator Bill Nelson (2005), Congresswoman Corinne Brown (2008), and Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (2012).
When asked why she is running, Bastien said: “It is time that we elect leaders who truly stand up for our hardworking families and communities”. And, she added: “For the past 38 years, I’ve provided quality, lifesaving services that strengthen families and improve their quality of life. As commissioner, I will put my passion and my years of experience to work for all residents of Miami Dade County. Together, we can ensure that our communities have the housing, jobs, pay equity, and safe neighborhoods we need to thrive. It’s time.”