Hillary Clinton's campaign will hold an event in Brooklyn on Saturday where she will share her plan to "break down all the barriers that hold Latinos back."
Democratic Rep. Nydia Velázquez, whose congressional district includes parts of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, and Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Toby Love will join the former senator in an effort to organize voters before the April 19 Democratic primary.
"From day one, Hillary Clinton has pledged to work hard for every vote, take nothing for granted, and make this campaign about the people she will fight for every day as president," Clinton's campaign said in a Thursday statement. "Hillary for New York is building a grassroots campaign from the bottom up, making sure supporters of all walks of life are empowered to take the primary campaign into their own hands and organize other supporters."
The campaign's attempt to court Latino voters, who make up 19 percent of the Empire State population, comes as Clinton has lost ground with Hispanics. A net 48 percent of national respondents backed Sanders while 47 percent supported Clinton, according to a March 30-April 3 poll by the Public Religion Research Institute and The Atlantic.
But Clinton has the home state advantage in New York's primary and still maintains a lead among likely Democratic voters. A RealClearPolitics average of recent polls has the former secretary of state leading Sanders by 14 points.
The event will take place at the Industry City's Landing Cafe and Community room. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. and the full program starts at 5:30 p.m.