News Release

Community Council of Idaho Receives NCLR Affiliate Award for Advocacy

July 25, 2016

Contact:
Camila Gallardo
cgallardo@nclr.org
NCLR Press Office in Orlando: (407) 685-5407
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ORLANDO, Fla.—Community Council of Idaho, Inc. was presented with the Affiliate Award for Advocacy at the 2016 NCLR (National Council of La Raza) Annual Conference’s Monday Luncheon. The award recognizes an NCLR Affiliate organization that has partnered with NCLR to advocate on behalf the Latino community.

The Community Council of Idaho, Inc. (CC Idaho) was founded in 1971 with the goal of addressing the needs of the farmworker community, and has developed into the largest Latino nonprofit in the state. The group provides numerous services aimed at improving the socioeconomic status of families and individuals through migrant and seasonal head start, workforce development programs, high school equivalency program, food pantries, primary health care, and affordable housing. It assists more than 16,000 individuals in Idaho each year.

Over the course of the last year, CC Idaho partnered with NCLR to increase civic engagement among Latinos in Idaho, notably participating in this year’s NCLR Latino Vote Fellows program. Earlier this year, CC Idaho served as the state's lead advocate at the 2016 Latino Voter Summit in Washington, DC. At the Summit, they visited their congressional representatives to advocate for changes in payday lending regulation and administrative relief. CC Idaho has also engaged their community on local issue campaigns, integrating voter registration into their program to ensure that the voices of Idaho's Latino community can be heard.

“CC Idaho has been a steadfast partner and this year, in particular, the organization has really had a significant impact in working with NCLR on two key issues that affect the Latino community: ensuring that people participate in our democracy by registering to vote and going to the polls to cast their ballot,” said Eric Rodriguez, Vice President, Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation, NCLR.

CC Idaho has long partnered with NCLR to push for immigration reform. In early 2016, CC Idaho attended the Ready America conference to prepare for implementation of administrative relief. The organization worked diligently to apply for recognition from the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) to start providing immigration legal services through an NCLR program.

“The Community Council of Idaho is an actively engaged partner in learning how to build an immigration legal services program so that they can provide reliable, accurate, and low-cost immigration legal services to Idaho families. For their long-time commitment and dedication to advocating and serving the Latino community, we are proud to recognize the Community Council of Idaho with the NCLR Affiliate Award for Advocacy and look forward to continue working with them for the betterment of the Latino community,” concluded Rodriguez.

“We are honored and excited to have been selected for the Affiliate Award for Advocacy. Being recognized as an organization that has led legislative and regulatory advocacy, and is striving every day to implement public policy to expand access to services and support for our underprivileged Latinos, is humbling,” said Irma Morin, Executive Director, CC Idaho. “As we constantly work toward a better future, at times we fail to look back and truly comprehend the grand difference and impact we have within our communities. Today our agency is BIA-recognized/accredited as a result of our hard work and strong partnership with NCLR. We appreciate the support and leadership that is provided by NCLR; every year our staff and board return from the Annual Conference inspired to work harder, to advocate so much more for the benefit our future generations. Thank you, NCLR.”

NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. For more information on NCLR, please visit www.nclr.org or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.