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Fight for Immigration Reform Enters Crucial Stage

It has been nearly two months since the Senate delivered a bipartisan vote on the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act” (S. 744). While far from perfect, S.744 extends legal status to the majority of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States with an opportunity to earn citizenship. Yet the Republican majority in the House of Representatives failed to move on the bill before recessing earlier this month.

Connecticut Expansion Update PDF Print E-mail

Wells Fargo Provides Seed Money for Groundbreaking Connecticut Expansion

The Hispanic Federation is pleased to announce an unprecedented $100,000 award from Wells Fargo in 2013 for its Connecticut Expansion Initiative.  This project will help provide grants, technical assistance and capacity building activities to Latino nonprofits, and direct services to Hispanic families through new HF offices in Hartford, Connecticut.

New Program: Health Navigator Program PDF Print E-mail

HF Awarded $4M for Health Navigator Program

The Hispanic Federation has been selected by the New York State Department of Health to receive an In Person Navigator award to serve five New York City boroughs with health insurance application assistance.  The total contract award amount is $4,503,320 over five years.   The program is being rolled out before the start of New York State Health Benefit Exchange (NYHBE), which is due to officially launch October 1, 2013.

Aid Hurricane Sandy Victims PDF Print E-mail

Goya Foods and HF Launch Major Partnership to Aid Hurricane Sandy Victims

Goya Foods and Hispanic Federation today announced a major partnership to aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy and hungry families throughout the state.  Over 40,000 pounds of Goya food products will be delivered to HF-affiliated food pantries and some of the communities hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy, including Staten Island, Far Rockaway in Queens and Long Beach in Nassau County.

Joined by a commitment to quality and a history of service, Goya Foods and the Hispanic Federation have a long track record of responding to community needs. Over the past month and a half, Goya has donated over 300,000 pounds of food and over 25,000 meals to victims of Hurricane Sandy in New York and New Jersey. Hispanic Federation has also been leading efforts to ensure that thousands of individuals and families affected by the storm are cared for and provided much-needed food relief.

Elections 2012: A New Day for Latinos PDF Print E-mail

This year's elections were a historic show of strength for the Latino community. As a friend of mine said, "we got on the electoral bus and took a front seat."

Indeed, across the United States, Latinos made their way to the polls in droves on Election Day and made history. A record of roughly 12 million Latinos turned out to vote and for the first time made up 10 percent of the electorate.

Latino voters made the difference in deciding the Presidential Election with nearly three-quarters voting to reelect President Obama and were specifically key to the outcome in several swing states including Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Colorado and Nevada. We also helped elect a record 31 Latinos to Congress and 276 state legislators across 36 states.

None of this would have been possible without Latino and community-led voter registration and mobilization efforts in many states in 2012. For instance, the Federation registered over 20,000 new voters and made well over 100,000 calls and door knocks to get our community out to vote in key states throughout the eastern seaboard. HF's "Movimiento Hispano" collaboration with sister organizations LULAC and LCLAA also enabled us to expand our voice throughout the rest of the nation. According to a pre-election ImpreMedia-Latino Decisions Poll, as many as 1 in 7 Latinos nationwide were contacted by a community organization in recent months to register or vote. That is almost on par with the major political party efforts targeting Latino voters.

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