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National Hispanic Advocacy Web Directory

December 2001

This directory presents sites for national Hispanic community organizations involved with advocacy before the federal government.

The Aspira Association
Washington, DC
Ronald Blackburn-Moreno, executive director
Aspira seeks to empower Hispanic youth through its offices in six states and Puerto Rico. It sponsors Aspira Clubs at more than 400 schools.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Washington, DC
Ingrid Duran, executive director
CHCI organizes fellowship programs, scholarships, and events. A directory of Hispanic members of Congress allows users to visit legislators' Web sites.

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
San Antonio, TX
Antonio Flores, president
HACU is a national association of higher-education institutions that collectively enroll two-thirds of U.S. Hispanics in higher education. In addition to sponsoring various programs to enhance Hispanics' educational opportunities, HACU works to build resources of HACU member institutions and to facilitate access to grants and other financial resources. Its Web site includes information on student internship programs and links to other Hispanic-related organizations.

Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility
Washington, DC
Anna Escobedo Cabral, CEO
A coalition of other national Hispanic organizations, HACR strives to ensure equitable participation of the Hispanic community in Corporate America commensurate with Hispanic purchasing power. The Web site features a list of corporate members, research on Hispanic demographics, and organizational contacts.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
San Francisco, CA
Sara Martinez Tucker, president
HSF, the largest Hispanic scholarship-granting organization in the nation, has awarded nearly $48 million in scholarship funds since its founding in 1975. The Web site offers application instructions for HSF scholarships, lists of other programs, and tips on dealing with financial aid. Articles discuss the challenge of Hispanic education and solutions for meeting costs.

League of United Latin American Citizens
Washington, DC
Brent Wilkes, executive director
A national advocacy group, LULAC works in the areas of civil rights, education, economic development, housing, and health care. The organization builds on councils (currently more than 500) that advocate on a local level.

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Los Angeles, CA
Antonia Hernandez, president
MALDEF works through litigation, advocacy, community outreach, and education to secure the civil rights of Hispanics in the United States. The group focuses on the areas of political access, public resource equity, immigration, education, and employment.

National Association of Latino Elected & Appointed Officials
Washington, DC
Arturo Vargas, president
The NALEO Web site is a good resource for community groups eager to connect with local or state Hispanic officials. It also includes information about internships and leadership development programs.

National Alliance for Hispanic Health
Washington, DC
Jane Delgado, CEO
Formerly called the Coalition of Hispanic Health and Human Service Organizations, the alliance brings together community-based clinics and health service providers that target Hispanics. The Web site contains health statistics, updates on specific initiatives such as AIDS and tobacco control, and summaries of special reports.

National Council of La Raza
Washington, DC
Raul Yzaguirre, president
The National Council of La Raza provides organizational and resource-development assistance to support and strengthen Hispanic community-based organizations. The Web site has information about programs and research publications as well as funding updates.

United States Hispanic Leadership Institute
Chicago, IL
Juan Andrade, president
The USHLI focuses on training the next generation of Hispanic leaders. Every year, the organization hosts an annual conference in Chicago that gathers students for several days of intensive training in political organization, voter outreach, and community relations. Affiliated organizations include the Strategic Alliance of Hispanic Student Associations, the Grassroots Leadership Development Program, and the Collegiate Leadership Development Program.

United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Washington, DC
George Herrera, CEO
USHCC, a national organization for trade and economic development issues, advocates the interests of nearly 250 local Hispanic chambers of commerce to federal government officials and Corporate America.

Source: HISPANIC BUSINESS magazine

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