Attendees of a Workforce Development program at UnidosUS Affiliate PODER

The Power of theUnidos us–AffiliatePartnership

Our Affiliates know the practical concerns and policy issues that affect their constituencies and are engaged in implementing innovative solutions. Read more about how we supported Affiliates with unrestricted financial support, technical assistance, and connections to federal agencies as they responded to crises in 2022.

“This can’t go on”—UnidosUS Calls on Elected Officials to Act in the Wake of Uvalde Shooting

In May, we mourned with our community and the nation for the senseless loss of life caused by a mass shooter at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. We worked with leaders and partners in this predominately Latino town, and with our Texas Affiliates, to help deliver mental health resources and services. In June, we applauded the bipartisan passage of a federal gun safety bill, but we know that the law does not go far enough. We will continue to advocate for common sense gun safety laws that protect our schools and other sensitive locations and include liability for gun manufacturers, a ban on assault weapons, as well as licensing and background checks—measures which are widely supported by Latino voters.

“It’s long past time for the people we elected to represent us to step up and eradicate the American crisis of gun violence. We are calling on Congress to take meaningful action and vote on common sense gun reform we have endorsed.”

Janet Murguía, President and CEO, UnidosUS
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2022 UnidosUS Changemakers Summit attendees group shot outside Capitol Hill before their meeting with Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer.
UnidosUS Canvassers at a booth in Miami, FL to register voters.

Affiliates Help Families in Puerto Rico Recover After Fiona

In September, a dangerous hurricane once again affected the island of Puerto Rico. Just as they responded after Hurricane Maria in 2017, UnidosUS and our Affiliates joined efforts to help Puerto Ricans recover after the storm.

We disbursed emergency relief grants so that our Affiliates could quickly address the most critical needs of their communities. This support made it possible for our Puerto Rico Affiliates One Stop Career Center—our 2022 Affiliate of the Year—and Corporación de Desarrollo Económico, Vivienda y Salud ODEVyS to respond to the needs of their communities after Hurricane Fiona landed in September. Through the fall we continued to advocate for federal government attention and assistance for the island’s long-term recovery.

The response efforts by our Affiliates in Puerto Rico included:

  • Conducting wellness checks home by home
  • Documenting needs
  • Identifying displaced persons
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Picture of the coast line of Viejo San Juan (Old San Juan), Puerto Rico.
Carmen Cosme, the Executive Director of One Stop Career Center of Puerto Rico, at the 2022 UnidosUS Annual Conference accepting the UnidosUS National Affiliate of the Year Award.

A Major Investment in the Future of the Latino Community and the Country

In August, we received a four-year, $11.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Good Jobs Challenge—the largest government grant ever received by our organization. This award will support our work with our Affiliates One Stop Career Center of Puerto Rico and Mi Casa Resource Center in Denver, Colorado to develop and strengthen programs that train Latino workers. Mi Casa Resource Center will be the regional lead for human resources and medical administration training, while One Stop Career Center of Puerto Rico will lead the region for construction and aviation jobs training.

This funding will open the door to opportunity for more Hispanics and diverse underserved communities, preparing them for quality, family-sustaining jobs. The impact of this will be felt for years to come and shows that America is more powerful when everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed.

“A trained workforce is essential to ensuring that the United States can compete and succeed in the 21st century.”

Gina Raimondo, U.S. Secretary of Commerce
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Participant in the PODER Learning Center. Which prepares immigrants for careers in customer service, insurance, and financial services. State Farm is proud to partner with this program which trainees receive guaranteed interviews and have a placement rate of 84% with wage gains of 34%.
Workforce Development training session at UnidosUS Affiliate PODER

Up Next:The DecisivePower ofLatino Voters

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Latino youths represent the 1 million who turn 18 each year and become eligible to vote.

Stronger Communities.
Stronger America.

UnidosUS is the nation’s largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization. Since our founding in 1968, we have contributed to a stronger America by elevating the voice of Latinos, and defending and advancing our community’s concerns.