MIAMI-DADE (June 2, 2021) – Today, Miami-Dade County’s Board of Commissioners voted 12-1 in favor of Community Identification cards. Community ID’s serve as a reliable form of county identification regardless of immigration status and will serve as a tool to bridge gaps between law enforcement, city departments, schools, and health centers. Advocates for Community ID cards say they foster inclusivity, safety and a united community.
“AFSC is a proud member of the community coalition that made this possible,” says Mariana Martinez, advocacy and policy coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee in Florida. “Faith leaders, community organizations, and our Miami-Dade County Mayor have all worked really hard for this win. We are extremely excited that this program will be available to all community members. Everyone deserves to properly identify themselves in their own community.”
For many community members it is difficult to access a Florida state license or identification due to their immigration status, gender identity, or lack of documentation. Community ID will fill that void and allow for community members to properly identify themselves.
“We support Community IDs as it will remove a form of discrimination in our community for those who find it difficult or impossible to access county and law enforcement services due to lack of an identification,” said Steve Donachie, clerk for Miami Friends Meeting. “Everyone deserves equal access, respect and opportunity.”
The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization that includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace and humanitarian service. Its work is based on the belief in the worth of every person and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice.