News Release

UnidosUS Releases Policy Agenda Detailing Critical Latino Issues

UnidosUS issues its policy priorities during national gathering of community advocates and leaders

March 26, 2019

Washington, D.C. – Today, UnidosUS (formerly NCLR)—the nation’s largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization—released its policy agenda at its 2019 Changemakers Summit in Washington, D.C., a gathering of advocates and community leaders from across the country. The publication details the policies that should be the priority of federal lawmakers across civil rights, criminal justice, economic security, education, health and well-being, and immigration issues.

The Latino community has made notable gains across key indicators including health, education, and the economy. Yet harmful policies and regulations issued under the Trump administration threaten to reverse this progress and widen inequities. UnidosUS’s policy agenda urges the 116th Congress to prioritize American workers and families—including Latinos—by protecting and advancing the gains they have made over the past decade.

“A record 29 million Latinos were eligible to vote in the last election and those numbers are only expected to continue growing as we head into a presidential election year. As a community, we are looking for policymakers to reflect our priorities—we want quality, affordable healthcare, we need our schools to provide an equitable educational experience, we want to create greater pathways to economic security, and see comprehensive immigration reform finally come to fruition,” said Eric Rodriguez, Vice President of Policy and Advocacy at UnidosUS. “The policy agenda provides Congressional leaders with an assessment of where we are at as a community and a blueprint for moving forward on an array of key issues that are critical to Latinos.”

To view “Stronger Communities, Stronger America: A Latino Policy Agenda for the 116th Congress,” please click here.

UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos at the national and local levels. For more than 50 years, UnidosUS has united communities and different groups seeking common ground through collaboration, and that share a desire to make our country stronger. For more information on UnidosUS, visit www.unidosus.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Contact:
Dan Cruz
dcruz@unidosus.org
(202) 776-1782