Lauren Veléz

New York Undercover | De'Juan Galloway | 07/30/2013 | 09:52 PM EDT

Meet Nina Moreno, played by Lauren Veléz.

New York City native Lauren Veléz has been gracing our television screens for almost two decades. Her role as Detective Nina Moreno in New York Undercover was special not only because it was one of her first television roles, but it also made her a pioneer for Afro-Latina actresses. Veléz's career has soared and is especially celebrated among multi-ethnic audiences. No stranger to starring in hit series, her acting resume includes Law & Order: SVU, Ugly Betty and Dexter

 

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