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National Council of La Raza
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The National Council of La Raza (NCLR)—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. Through its network of nearly 300 affiliated community-based organizations, NCLR reaches millions of Hispanics each year in 41 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. To achieve its mission, NCLR conducts applied research, policy analysis, and advocacy, providing a Latino perspective in five key areas—assets/investments, civil rights/immigration, education, employment and economic status, and health. In addition, it provides capacity-building assistance to its Affiliates who work at the state and local level to advance opportunities for individuals and families.

Founded in 1968, NCLR is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan, tax-exempt organization headquartered in Washington, DC. NCLR serves all Hispanic subgroups in all regions of the country and has has regional offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, San Antonio and Miami as well as state operations in California, Texas and Florida.

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Living the American Dream: Karina Velasco

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 5:06 PM


By Janet Hernandez, Senior Civic Engagement Project Manager, NCLR

The most recent snow storm to hit the Washington, DC, area could not stop Karina Velasco, a 25-year-old DACA recipient, from meeting with her congressional representatives and advocating for administrative relief. Since congressional offices...

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Has the House Judiciary Committee Majority Lost Its Mind?

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 3:29 PM

On the odd chance that you're looking for a case study in how to ignore facts and turn a heartbreaking situation for millions of American families into a juvenile BuzzFeed rip-off, you're in luck. Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee showed everybody just how out of touch with reality they are...

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Living the American DREAM: Maria Garcia

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 11:57 AM


DACA is helping Maria realize her dream of serving her community

By David Castillo, New Media Manager, NCLR

Though Maria Garcia has lived in the United States for 20 years, it is only during the past couple that the pursuit of the American...

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What Resilient Latino Youth Are Teaching Us About Adversity

(1) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 11:34 AM

It is hard to deny how critical young Latinos are to the future of the U.S. A quick look at the numbers reveals why:

  • At 17 percent of the population, Latinos make up the largest minority in the United States.
  • Latino youth under the age of 18 represent 25 percent...
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Living the American DREAM: Emilio Vicente

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 11:41 AM


Today we are starting a weekly series highlighting people who have come forward and applied for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), as well as those who will be coming forward to apply for expanded DACA or Deferred Action for Parents of Americans...

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The Real Threat to Democracy

(13) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 2:20 PM

By Loren McArthur, Deputy Director, Civic Engagement, NCLR

At a House of Representatives hearing this week on President Obama's administrative relief programs for undocumented immigrants, Republican witnesses trotted out one of their favorite canards--that voter fraud poses a threat to the integrity of our elections. Specifically, they asserted that the...

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On the Fence About Getting Covered? There's Still Time to Apply!

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 4:41 PM

By David Castro, Senior Web Editor, NCLR

Navigators work on enrolling Miami residents during our recent ACA enrollment event.

We're down to the final days before the February 15 deadline for enrollment under the Affordable Care Act. Still have questions and concerns...

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Juvenile-Justice Reform: What Are We Waiting For?

(3) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 11:03 AM

By Irasema Garza, J.D., NCLR Policy Advisor

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) has worked for two decades on state and national policy platforms to address issues of discrimination and disparate treatment of Latino youth in the criminal-justice system, /Reauthorizing_the_JJDPA_The_Impact_on_Latino_Youth_%201.pdf" target="_hplink">including strengthening the protections under the

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A Close Look at What ACA Navigators Do to Help People Get Covered

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 11:33 AM

By David Castillo, New Media Manager, NCLR

An MHP Salud navigator helps a consumer through the ACA enrollment process. Photo: MHP Salud

The thing to understand about Affordable Care Act (ACA) navigators is that they are busy people doing an...

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Don't Let a Preexisting Condition Stop You From Signing Up for Health Care!

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 12:05 PM

The end of open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is less than two weeks away. Latinos have a lot to gain from enrollment, particularly those with preexisting conditions such as diabetes, asthma, cancer, and HIV. 2015-02-03-300_aca_sharegraphic3.png

Melissa Torres, a program coordinator at...

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Immigration Status Adds Layer of Complexity to ACA Enrollment

(1) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 10:30 PM

One NCLR Affiliate is working to reach eligible immigrants in families with mixed statuses

By David Castillo, New Media Manager, NCLR

The promise of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) can only be met once everyone who is eligible and in need of health coverage receives it. This is especially true...

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The Promise of the Affordable Care Act Must Reach All Communities

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 6:07 PM

Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law, more than 15 million Americans have received some type of health coverage. This open enrollment period alone has seen almost 7 million new sign-ups. Still, there are many more to reach, especially in the Latino community, where one in four...

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Congress Should Not Impede the Nation's Progress

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 4:53 PM

The president's sixth State of the Union address to Congress last night was heavy on the actions our country should take to build on the progress that American families have made over the past two years, thanks to a recovering economy. In a statement today, NCLR President and CEO Janet...

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5 Things Latinos Should Know About Getting Covered Under the Affordable Care Act

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 4:37 PM

By Steven Lopez, Manager, Health Policy Project, NCLR

More Latinos lack health insurance than any other group in the U.S., so it is crucial that they take the opportunity to obtain coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). While significant improvements have been made to the enrollment process, some Latinos,...

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Why American Workers Benefit from Executive Action

(1) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 3:08 PM

By Catherine Singley Harvey, Program Manager, Economic and Employment Policy Project, National Council of La Raza

Kenneth Blackwell's op-ed on the economic impact of President Obama's executive action on immigration is yet another example of the fact-free zone that the immigration debate has become.

First, Blackwell's assertion...

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Executive Action Has the Power to Transform Lives

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 1:10 PM


On the first day that members of Congress were back in Washington, a number of representatives joined veterans and DREAMers who are aspiring service members in front of the Capitol to urge President Obama to use his executive authority to provide administrative relief....

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The Election Is Over; It's Time for the President to Act

(2) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 3:17 PM


Election Day has come and gone. No matter who's the majority in Congress, one thing is clear: Latino voters who went to the polls were motivated by immigration reform.

We saw the early signs of this through Election Day polling we...

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The Consequences of Delayed Executive Action

(3) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 5:06 PM


President Obama's decision to delay taking executive action on immigration this past September affected millions of hardworking people and their families. Like many of us who were disappointed in the House Republican leadership's failure on immigration, we were expecting President Obama to act,...

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Hanging in the Balance: The Ramirez Family

(2) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 4:18 PM


Vicky Ramirez is a recent college graduate and a member of NCLR's Líderes Youth Advisory Council. She is currently putting her skills and expertise to use at an international development agency in Washington, D.C. She recently spoke about what it would mean to...

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Immigration Is Personal to Latino Voters

(2) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 3:01 PM


A series of polls released by the NCLR Action Fund and Latino Decisions show that immigration will once again be a top priority for Latino voters on Election Day. In late September, the groups surveyed Latino voters in Florida,

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