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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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Financial Access and Services Are Essential for Immigrant Integration

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 3:49 PM

By Lindsay Daniels, Manager, Wealth-Building Initiative, NCLR

Photo: NCLR

Latinos have represented the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population in recent decades. Significant growth is expected to continue -- the Census Bureau estimates the Hispanic population will increase by 86 percent between...

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People Are at the Heart of Hispanic Unity Florida

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 2:56 PM

Community-based organizations exist to help people in myriad ways by making sure they have the necessary resources to live and prosper. To serve people well, the heads of such organizations must be thoughtful about the team they assemble to carry out the organization's mission. For this month's Affiliate...

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Five Things Immigrant and Mixed-Status Families Should Know about Enrolling in the ACA

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2015 | 6:11 PM

As open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) gets underway, we know there are people eligible for coverage who remain uninsured and are looking for information and resources to understand their options and get covered.

Immigrants and those living in mixed-status families face unique circumstances and may need additional...

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Opting Out Is Not an Option for Me

(5) Comments | Posted November 5, 2015 | 5:34 PM

By Helia Castellon


Castellon with her husband and three daughters.

Every day I send my three daughters to school with the confidence that they are learning. And every day when I ask them about what they learned in school, I, like so many other...

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Creating Change One Vote at a Time

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2015 | 7:39 PM

By Janet Hernandez, Senior Civic Engagement Project Manager, NCLR

November 2012 was the first presidential election in which Elsa Gonzalez voted. After 39 years as a U.S. resident, Elsa, who lives in a South Texas colonia, became a U.S. citizen in March of that year. That same month,...

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GOAL Academy Shows How to Help Disenfranchised Youth Succeed

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2015 | 5:45 PM


Photo: GOAL Academy

The definition of an "alternative" school, as most understand it, is hard to ascribe to G.O.A.L. Academy, our October NCLR Affiliate Spotlight. GOAL was the result of an effort to create a different educational experience for the...

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Keeping Our Promises to Our Kids Through Accountability

(1) Comments | Posted October 21, 2015 | 12:54 PM

Congress will soon vote on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), a critical safeguard first enacted 50 years ago to ensure greater equity and opportunity for our most vulnerable students. Passing a strong ESEA is a matter of necessity; our students must have access to the best...

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And Justice for All: 21st Century Policing

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 2:15 PM

by Danny Turkel, Digital Coordinator, National Council of La Raza

On December 18, 2014, President Obama signed an executive order to create the Task Force on 21st Century Policing, a committee composed of law enforcement, academics and community organizers. The task force's mission was to "examine, among other...

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And Justice for All: An NCLR Blog Series on Latinos and Policing Practices

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 5:14 PM

Though headlines refer to the "shocking" details of those killed by law enforcement in the past year, the sad reality is that these events aren't shocking to the millions of Americans living in communities full of distrust for local police. Due to the extremely complicated history between minorities and authorities...

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Helping Immigrants in Chicago Reach Financial Freedom

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 4:55 PM

By Sabrina Terry, Project Manager, NCLR and Ulises Silva, Director of Communications and Marketing, The Resurrection Project

One critical skill to help new citizens to fulfill their American Dream is the financial know-how of the U.S. banking system. Financial capability -- financial knowledge, counseling, and access -- is critically important...

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We're Helping Aspiring Americans Reach Financial Inclusion

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 11:54 AM

During National Citizenship Day, the nation commemorates those who have become, or are in the process of becoming, U.S. citizens. But the reality of the current path to citizenship isn't always consistent with the celebratory tone of this commemoration. For too many individuals, the path to citizenship is a difficult...

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Modern Day Settlement Houses Strengthening Communities Across the Country

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 4:43 PM

Day in and day out, NCLR Affiliates across the country provide services that assist permanent residents who are eligible to become citizens. Our Affiliates are the spiritual descendants of the original Settlement Houses, and in the case of NCLR Affiliate Erie House in Chicago, were founded...

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Overcoming Barriers to Citizenship

(4) Comments | Posted September 15, 2015 | 7:07 PM


Later this week, to commemorate Citizenship Day on September 17, the Obama administration, members of Congress, and advocates across the country will draw attention to a startling fact: there are roughly 8.8 million eligible lawful permanent residents who are not naturalizing....

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Student Challenges Peers to Combat Negative Views of Latinos

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 5:41 PM

We were greatly inspired by the students and youth we met last month at the 2015 NCLR Annual Conference. Their stories and accomplishments are a testament to the hard work and perseverance that characterize Latino communities across the country.


One of...

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Four Years Going Strong, The CFPB Defends Latino Families

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 5:12 PM

By Nancy Wilberg Ricks, Senior Policy Strategist, NCLR

The economic crisis of 2008 taught the nation that no one really had consumers' backs. To prevent another financial disaster and to make markets more consumer-friendly, legislators passed a bipartisan law that included the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)....

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Advancing American DREAMs

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 6:14 PM

Today marks the last post in our series. To mark the occasion, we have developed a compilation of all the stories that have been featured in this space. Each of the stories show what life was like before Deferred Action for Childhood...
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DACA Allays Fears and Brightens Futures

(2) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 6:01 PM

For this week's installment of "Living the American DREAM," we're featuring a DACA recipient in her own words. Mayra Melendez graduated from Maryland's Salisbury University last month with a degree in international studies. On campus, Mayra has been a leader of immigrant...
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Your Housing Rights Are on the Line

(2) Comments | Posted June 10, 2015 | 6:51 PM

By Nancy Wilberg Ricks, Senior Policy Strategist, NCLR

This year all eyes are on anti-discrimination laws that impact your housing rights, as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) intends to release a much-needed and improved Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule. Congress has already tried...

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To Fulfill Their Rights

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 4:13 PM

By Leticia Bustillos, Associate Director, Education Policy Project, NCLR

At the height of the civil rights movement, President Johnson gave a speech at Howard University dubbed "To Fulfill These Rights." He recognized that extending equal opportunity to all is not enough.

If we are to "open the gates of opportunity,"...

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Living the American Dream: Hareth Andrade

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2015 | 5:48 PM


Hareth Andrade planned to go to college ever since she was a little girl. She just never imagined the challenges that she would face in getting there. Hareth arrived in the United States without her parents at an early age, and it was...

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