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Message From HF President PDF Print E-mail

March 18, 2014 - It has been almost three decades since the U.S. enacted immigration reform. During this time, there's been a lot of heated discussion about immigration but the lack of leadership in Washington D.C. has been both glaring and painful. Far too many of our so called leaders on the Hill have seized this issue to demagogue, point fingers and play to the worst xenophobic tendencies of our society. The consequences of their failure has been nothing short of devastating: Millions of families being forcibly separated - mothers from their children, husbands from their wives - and millions more of our immigrants being forced to subsist in the shadows as a permanent subclass living in constant fear.

Latino CREAR Coalition Releases Major Education Policy Blueprint PDF Print E-mail

At a policy briefing at Hispanic Federation, the Latino CREAR (College Readiness, Access & Retention) Coalition released a major education policy blueprint on ways the city and state can increase Latino college readiness, access and retention in New York City. With fewer than 1-in-4 Latino city residents having a college degree and only 15% of city high school Latino graduates being college ready, much is at stake for the next generation of children and the economic future of our city. “A Stronger New York City: Increasing Latino College Access, Retention and Graduation” lays out a set of recommendations to strengthen the education pipeline for Latino students including establishing a citywide commission, revamping parent engagement practices, forging relationships with community based organizations, improving English language learner (ELL) programs, and many more.

HF President Statement - DREAM Act Defeated in NYS Senate PDF Print E-mail

New York, NY, March 17, 2014 - “I am deeply disappointed the New York State DREAM Act was defeated in the Senate today.” José Calderón, President of the Hispanic Federation said. “Every year 4,000 students are left without options when they graduate and I am outraged that yet another 4,000 students will be left without options this year.  We thank the Speaker Silver, Assemblyman Moya and the Assembly for their leadership. I want to thank the majority of Senate Democrats and members of the Independent Democratic Caucus who voted yes to pass this bill. Hispanic Federation will redouble its efforts to push our leaders in Albany to support the education needs of all the children of our state."

HF Statement on Herbalife PDF Print E-mail

We would like to address some questions regarding Hispanic Federation's position on Herbalife. A March 9, 2014 New York Times article and a subsequent Daily News piece referencing the Times story highlighted the ongoing battle between investor Bill Ackman and Herbalife. Sadly, both articles omit key facts regarding the Federation's efforts to hold Herbalife accountable for what we consider deceptive and predatory practices targeting low-income Latinos. We would like to set the record straight.

HF Annual Gala 2014 PDF Print E-mail

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Latino Community Leaders Release Policy Blueprint for NYC’s Next Mayor & City Council PDF Print E-mail

New York, September 19, 2013 – NYC Latino leaders released La Gran Manzana: The Road Ahead for NYC’s Latino Community, a policy blueprint designed to introduce current and prospective government officials to the key issues facing the Latino communities of New York City. As voters consider who should be our next mayor, along with a host of other key offices, it is critically important for candidates of all parties to reach out to the Latino community and our growing electorate. Hispanic Federation’s NYC Policy Blueprint contains dozens of reforms and investments that should be among the central priorities of the new Mayoral Administration and City Council taking the reins in 2014.

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