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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.

Entries by National Council of La Raza

Determined to Achieve the American Dream: Yazmin Abreu

(4) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 12:03 PM

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By David Castillo, Communications Department, NCLR

This week in "Living the American DREAM," we meet 30-year-old Yazmin Abreu of Orange County, California. Like so many young people profiled in this space, Yazmin arrived in the United States as a child. She...

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DACA Made a Future Nurse's Dreams Become Reality

(2) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 7:11 PM

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By David Castillo, New Media Manager, NCLR

When Jose Aguiluz was 15, he was involved in a severe car accident in his native Honduras. Desperate for help, his aunt contacted doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. The staff were able to...

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Without DACA, We Will Lose Fierce Advocates for Justice

(2) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 5:35 PM

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By David Castillo, New Media Manager, NCLR

As a gay undocumented youth, Jesus Chavez understands well the challenges of living with secrets. He grew up in California's Central Valley, always aware of his immigration status, but forbidden from speaking about it.

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Give People a Chance -- It's the American Way

(1) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 12:17 PM

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By Janet Hernandez and Andres Macias, NCLR

At the age of four, Nadia Rivera and her parents embarked on a journey familiar to most American immigrants: the search for a better life. As many have done before us, Nadia's parents arrived in the...

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If DACA Works, Why Not Implement DAPA?

(9) Comments | Posted May 3, 2015 | 2:52 PM

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By Yamid A. Macias and Janet Hernandez, NCLR

Carla Mena, a young aspiring American living in Raleigh, North Carolina, who received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in 2012, continues to be a committed and engaged member of her community. She is a...

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Living the American DREAM: Joel Sati

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 4:44 PM

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By Gabrielle Gomez, Communications Department Intern, NCLR

Last summer Joel Sati landed the opportunity of a lifetime. The 22-year-old student, originally from Nairobi, Kenya, had been accepted into a summer research program hosted by Stanford University and would spend the next eight weeks...

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Living the American DREAM: Katherine Perez

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 1:38 PM

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By Gabriela Gomez, Communications Department Intern, NCLR

When Katherine Perez arrived in the United States from Colombia in 2005, she had one goal in mind: to get a great education that would pave the way to a better life. Her parents made the...

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The Economic Impact of Latino Workers: A By-the-Numbers Breakdown for Tax Day

(1) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 1:25 PM

Hispanic Americans are firm believers in the American dream: Hard work will earn you and your family a better life. Expected to make up much of the growth in the American workforce in the next four decades, Latinos are helping revitalize communities and strengthen local economies all throughout the nation....

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President Obama, Don't Give Up!

(5) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 4:56 PM

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By Janet Hernandez, Senior Civic Engagement Manager, NCLR

When Maria Pacheco lived in Mexico as a young girl, she only saw her father once a year when he took vacations from his job at a nursery in Northeast Ohio. During the years of...

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Living the American DREAM: Ana Angeles

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 4:10 PM

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By David Castillo, New Media Manager, NCLR

Activism can take on many forms. For some, it takes the form of community organizing or leading demonstrations. For others, that activism might take place online or at the voting booth. For Ana Angeles, a 30-year-old...

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Living the American Dream: Karina Velasco

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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