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    PARA DIVULGACIÓN INMEDIATA                                                  Contacto:
    5 de noviembre de 2014                                                                     Julián Teixeira
                                                                                                               (202) 776-1812
                                                                                                               jteixeira@nclr.org

    SESIÓN PARA PRENSA

    Expertos discutirán el estado de la inscripción, desafíos y oportunidades para los Hispanos

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – El miércoles 12 de noviembre, el Consejo Nacional de la Raza (NCLR, por sus siglas en inglés) auspiciará una sesión informativa para los periodistas en la cual expertos panelistas examinarán la inscripción de los hispanos y los esfuerzos que se necesitan para que ellos renueven su inscripción o se inscriban para obtener su seguro médico bajo el amparo de la Ley de Cuidado de Salud Asequible (Affordable Care Act o ACA, por sus siglas en inglés). La sesión se llevará a cabo a las 12 p.m. en las oficinas de NCLR en 1126 16th Street, NW, en Washington, DC.

    Los expertos de NCLR estarán acompañados por una representante del Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos de los Estado Unidos y por representantes de otras organizaciones asociadas con NCLR entre las cuales se incluye Families USA. El tema que discutirán es de la inscripción de los hispanos y las barreras que existen para ellos en obtener seguros médicos. La comunidad latina es el sector de la población que revela tener la mayor tasa de personas sin seguro médico. La segunda inscripción de la ley, que continuará abierta del 15 de noviembre de 2014 hasta el 15 de febrero de 2015, puede seguir reduciendo el número de Latinos que faltan seguros médicos.

    Los últimos datos publicados por la Oficina del Censo de los Estados Unidos muestran que entre 2012 y 2013 el número de hispanos sin seguro médico disminuyó ligeramente, de 15.6 millones a 15.3 millones. Sin embargo en 2013, la tasa de hispanos sin seguro médico fue el 28.4 por ciento, cifra significativamente más alta que la tasa del 10.2 por ciento para los blancos no hispanos y el 14.5 por ciento a nivel nacional. Los panelistas de la sesión informativa expondrán los factores que contribuyen al alto número de latinos sin seguro médico.

    Únase a esta sesión informativa -- solamente abierta a la prensa -- que se llevará a cabo al medio día del miércoles 12 de noviembre. Se servirá un almuerzo a los periodistas que asistan a la reunión; RSVP a Julián Teixeira: jteixeira@nclr.org o (202)776-1812.

    AVISO DE PRENSA


    QUÉ:                             Inscripción de los hispanos en la Ley de Cuidado de Salud Asequible: desafíos y oportunidades

    CUÁNDO:                     Miércoles, 12 de noviembre de 2014
                                         12:00 pm. - 1:00 p.m.

    DÓNDE:                        Sede central del NCLR
                                          1126 16th Street, NW
                                          Washington, D.C. 20036

    QUIÉNES:                      Delia Pompa, Senior Vice President, Programs, NCLR
                                          Alejandra Gepp, Associate Director, Institute for Hispanic Health, NCLR
                                          Sinsi Hernández-Cansio, Director of Health Equity, Families USA
                                          Steven Lopez, Manager, Health Policy Project, NCLR
                                          Mayra Alvarez, CMS, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
                                          Michelle, LaRue, Senior Manager, Health and Social Service Programs, Casa de Maryland

    El Consejo Nacional de la Raza (NCLR) —la organización nacional más grande de apoyo y defensa de los derechos civiles en los Estados Unidos—trabaja para mejorar las oportunidades de los hispanoamericanos. Para obtener más información sobre el NCLR, por favor visite www.nclr.org o síganos en Facebook y Twitter.


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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                           Contact:
    November 6, 2014                                                                            Joseph Rendeiro
                                                                                                              (202) 776-1566
                                                                                                              jrendeiro@nclr.org

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—According to an election eve poll conducted by Latino Decisions, immigration was the top issue for Latino voters in this election cycle. While NCLR (National Council of La Raza) continues to push the president to act on immigration, the Senate and House of Representatives, which will be jointly controlled by Republicans, also have a responsibility to deliver a viable immigration reform bill, which will be the only permanent solution to our broken immigration system. 

    “This is a call to action for both parties,” said Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR. “We fully expect the president to act boldly, but that action should spur Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform at long last. It’s not an either/or situation. For the good of the nation, we need both the president and Congress to act now. Latinos will expect the GOP to use its majority position to not only make inroads with our community but, most importantly, do what’s in the best interest of our country.”

    Today NCLR joined leading national civil rights, labor and pro-immigration-reform groups at the National Press Club to urge President Obama to swiftly exercise his legitimate executive authority to grant relief to the millions of aspiring Americans under constant threat of deportation and spur immigration reform forward.

    “The president has the power, precedent and priority for action on his side,” said Clarissa Martínez-De-Castro, Deputy Vice President of NCLR. “He must seize this moment to fulfill his promise and bring some sanity to the immigration system, while also providing relief to the millions of families who are waiting on the House of Representatives to act. Furthermore, his action stands to bring national security and economic benefits to the country, and that should not be delayed.”

    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.

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    PARA DIVULGACIÓN INMEDIATA                                                             Contacto:
    26 de junio, 2014                                                                                       Ricky Garza
                                                                                                                        (202) 776-1732
                                                                                                                        rgarza@nclr.org


    Entretenimiento en vivo, premios, regalos, exámenes de salud y mucho más, gratis para todos

    LOS ANGELES— El NCLR (Consejo Nacional de La Raza) celebrará la influencia de la creciente comunidad latina en la Expo Nacional de la Familia Latina® 2014 del 19 al 21 de julio en Los Angeles. Los Angeles, la ciudad con la población latina más grande del país, será la anfitriona de este emocionante evento que se llevará a cabo conjuntamente con la Conferencia Anual del NCLR en el Centro de Convenciones de Los Angeles. Adultos y niños, por igual, podrán pasar un fin de semana lleno de actividades interesantes y educativas que entretendrán gratis a toda la familia.

    Con casi 200 exhibidores, el evento tendrá de todo, desde exámenes de salud gratuitos hasta entretenimiento en vivo con estrellas famosas, regalos y mucho más. Y para continuar con el fervor de la Copa Mundial de Fútbol 2014, el Pabellón Deportes/Deportes y Bienestar de la Feria presentará el Torneo de Fútbol por la Copa 2014 del NCLR y LA Galaxy facilitará prácticas de fútbol para niños. En el Pabellón Tu Salud/Salud estarán disponibles sin costo exámenes de la vista, salud pulmonar y renal, riesgo de diabetes, presión arterial y más. El Pabellón El Futuro/Ciencia y Tecnología deslumbrará a los niños con fascinantes experimentos científicos e innovaciones en el campo de la tecnología automotriz.

    Además del talento, los panelistas y los artistas reconocidos a nivel nacional, la Feria le dará la bienvenida a los personajes de Nickelodeon, Dora y sus amigos, y a otros personajes como Snoopy; Cozmo, la mascota de LA Galaxy; Bailey, la mascota de LA Kings; Doki de Discovery Channel; Gecko de GEICO y la mascota de L.A. Zoo. Este año, Dora y sus amigos serán los embajadores oficiales de la Feria Nacional de la Familia Latina 2014 del NCLR y los anfitriones de un montón de actividades interactivas para niños.

    El Expo Nacional de la Familia® Latina, patrocinada oficialmente por UPS, es una atracción emocionante y única enfocada en proporcionar recursos y actividades para la familia latina. El evento está abierto al público y la entrada es gratuita. Compuesta de siete pabellones temáticos, la Feria ofrece recursos y actividades diseñadas para educar, entretener y fortalecer a las familias latinas.

    AVISO DE PRENSA

    QUÉ:           Expo Nacional de la Familia® Latina 2014 del NCLR que ofrece entretenimiento en vivo, exámenes de salud gratis, rifas y regalos divertidos. No hay costo de entrada.

    CUÁNDO:   Sábado 19 de julio, 2014, 10:30 AM – 6:00 PM
                          Domingo 20 de julio, 2014, 10:30 AM – 6:00 PM
                          Lunes 21 de julio, 2014, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

    DÓNDE:   Centro de Convenciones de Los Angeles
                      West Hall A
                      1201 South Figueroa St.
                      Los Angeles, CA 90015

    NOTA: El Centro de Convenciones de Los Angeles cuenta con aparcamiento disponible con costo en el aparcamiento West Hall. Puede llegar a través de la línea Azul del metro, la cual conecta con el Metro Rail y las líneas del Metrolink en la estación Union y hace parada en Flower y Pico (estación Pico), directamente enfrente del Centro de convenciones de Los Angeles.

    ¡Gran oportunidad de sacar fotografías!

    Para más información, póngase en contacto con Ricky Garza llamando al (202) 776-1732 o en el correo electrónico rgarza@nclr.org. Los miembros de la prensa con credenciales vigentes pueden registrarse para asistir gratis en http://nclr.emsreg.com/NCLR14/public/splash.aspx.

    El NCLR (Consejo Nacional de La Raza) es la organización nacional más grande de apoyo y defensa de los derechos civiles de los hispanos en los Estados Unidos y trabaja para mejorar sus oportunidades. Para más información sobre el NCLR, por favor visite www.nclr.org o síganos en Facebook y Twitter.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:

    Julian Teixeira
    (202) 776-1812
    jteixeira@nclr.org

    In-person assistance and information on deadlines, eligibility, financial help and renewals can boost Latino participation

    A briefing held today by NCLR (National Council of La Raza) addressed the opportunities and challenges that Latinos face nationwide in enrolling in or renewing health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). NCLR experts reported that bilingual materials, the availability of knowledgeable navigators and extensive community outreach to answer questions about deadlines, eligibility and financial help would improve Latino participation. The second ACA open enrollment begins Nov. 15, 2014 and ends Feb. 15, 2015. Information and enrollment applications are available at www.HealthCare.gov and www.CuidadoDeSalud.gov or by calling 1-800-318-2596.

    Recent data released by the U.S. Census Bureau show that between 2012 and 2013 the number of uninsured Latinos declined slightly, from 15.6 million to 15.3 million. Despite the decline, the Hispanic uninsurance rate in 2013 was 28.4 percent, significantly higher than the rate for Whites (10.2 percent) and nationwide (14.5 percent). However, findings from a recent Commonwealth Fund survey indicate a drop in the Latino uninsurance rate, from 36 percent in 2013 to 23 percent in 2014 as the ACA was implemented. A recent joint Georgetown University/NCLR report shows that despite Hispanic children remaining among the least insured, nearly two-thirds are eligible for coverage via Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

    “The success of the Affordable Care Act hinges on connecting Latinos—who remain the most uninsured population in the nation—with coverage,” said Delia Pompa, Senior Vice President, Programs, NCLR. “As we go into the second open enrollment period, we need to ensure that Latinos who enrolled last year stay covered and eligible Latinos who did not sign up for health insurance get covered. It is vital that the resources are in place to provide them with information about coverage options, costs and benefits and to ensure that there are trained bilingual navigators who can guide people through the process.”

    Panelists at NCLR’s briefing pointed to greater testing of and improvements to www.HealthCare.gov and www.CuidadoDeSalud.gov, a streamlined application for some applicants and enhanced training for navigators as examples of federal government efforts to address problems and enhance the consumer experience during a considerably shorter 2015 enrollment period. Yet barriers remain, particularly in the Latino community, where the process can be more complicated for families who have mixed immigration status or limited English proficiency. In addition, some states with large Latino populations, such as Florida and Texas, have refused to expand Medicaid eligibility, denying health coverage to millions of people, including nearly one million Latinos.

    NCLR works with community organizations from the NCLR Affiliate Network that provide Latinos with information and assistance with enrollment. Key messages include the open enrollment dates, web addresses and phone number listed above, as well as the following:

    • It is mandatory to sign up for health coverage, and this year fines will increase for those who don’t obtain insurance.

    • For coverage that begins Jan. 1, 2015, the deadline for enrolling is Dec. 15, 2014; however, open enrollment continues until Feb. 15, 2015.

    • Free in-person assistance is available to help people review options and enroll; local assistance can be found at www.localhelp.healthcare.gov.

    • Renewal notices were mailed to people who enrolled last year and contain instructions for making plan changes before the Dec. 15 renewal deadline; otherwise, the current plan may be automatically renewed.

    • Since prices and plans change from year to year, those who are renewing are encouraged to review their options and see if they find a plan that better suits their needs and budget.

    • Benefits to consumers under the ACA include 72 preventive services that are now free of charge. These services include well-child visits, blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, Pap tests and mammograms and flu shots for children and adults.

    • Enrollment in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is year-round; nearly two-thirds of uninsured Hispanic children were eligible for these programs in 2012.

    “We must work to bring down the high rate of uninsurance among Latinos, who will represent nearly one-third of the U.S. workforce by 2050. We call on Florida and Texas in particular to act responsibly and expand Medicaid for millions of people. Making sure that they have quality, affordable and accessible health insurance and medical care will improve their lives and strengthen our nation’s economy,” said Pompa.

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    PARA DIVULGACIÓN INMEDIATA

    Contacto:

    Julián Teixeira
    (202) 776-1812
    jteixeira@nclr.org

    INFORMAR A LOS LATINOS DE MANERA EFECTIVA ES CRUCIAL PARA TENER ÉXITO EN EL SEGUNDO PERÍODO DE INSCRIPCIÓN ABIERTA DE LA LEY ACA, DICE EL NCLR
    La información oportuna y la ayuda en persona sobre las fechas límite, la elegibilidad, la ayuda financiera y las renovaciones pueden impulsar la participación de los latinos

    En una sesión informativa que tuvo lugar hoy, el NCLR (Consejo Nacional de La Raza) abordó las oportunidades y los desafíos que enfrentan los latinos de todo el país para inscribirse o renovar su seguro médico bajo la ley de Cuidado de Salud Asequible (ACA, por sus siglas en inglés). Los expertos del NCLR informaron que contar con material bilingüe, suficientes navegadores informados y una amplia difusión comunitaria para responder a las preguntas relacionadas con las fechas límite, la elegibilidad y la ayuda financiera, mejorarían la participación de los latinos. El segundo período de inscripción abierta bajo la ley ACA comienza el 15 de noviembre de 2014 y termina el 15 de febrero de 2015. La información y solicitud de inscripción están disponibles en www.HealthCare.gov y www.CuidadodeSalud.gov o llamando al 1-800-318-2596.

    Los últimos datos publicados por la Oficina del Censo de los Estados Unidos muestran que entre 2012 y 2013 el número de hispanos sin seguro médico disminuyó ligeramente de 15.6 millones a 15.3 millones. A pesar de esta disminución, el índice de hispanos sin seguro médico en 2013 fue del 28.4 %, índice significativamente más alto comparado con el de los blancos no hispanos (10.2 %) y el índice a nivel nacional (14.5 %). No obstante, los resultados de la última encuesta del Fondo Commonwealth indican una caída del índice de latinos sin seguro médico del 36 % en 2013 al 23 % en 2014 según se implementaba la ley ACA. Un informe conjunto de la Universidad de Georgetown y el NCLR muestra que a pesar de que los niños hispanos siguen estando entre los que más carecen de seguro médico, casi dos tercios son elegibles para obtener cobertura a través de Medicaid y el Programa de Seguro Médico para Niños (CHIP).

    “El éxito de la ley de Cuidado de Salud Asequible radica en conectar a los latinos, que siguen siendo la población que más carece de seguro médico, con la cobertura de salud”, dijo Delia Pompa, vicepresidenta sénior de programas del NCLR. “Según iniciamos el segundo período de inscripción abierta, tenemos que asegurarnos de que los latinos que se inscribieron el año pasado, continúen con la cobertura y que los latinos elegibles que no se inscribieron, se inscriban ahora.

    Es vital disponer de los recursos para proveerles la información sobre las opciones de cobertura, los costos y los beneficios, así como asegurarnos de que haya navegadores bilingües capacitados que puedan guiarlos a través del proceso”.

    Los panelistas de la sesión informativa del NCLR señalaron la necesidad de hacer más pruebas y mejoras a las páginas de Internet www.HealthCare.gov y www.CuidadoDeSalud.gov, una solicitud simplificada para ciertos solicitantes y mejor capacitación para los navegadores como ejemplos de los esfuerzos que el gobierno federal debe realizar para abordar los problemas y mejorar la experiencia de los consumidores durante este corto período de inscripción 2015. No obstante, las barreras continúan especialmente en la comunidad latina, donde el proceso puede ser todavía más complicado para las familias que tienen un estatus migratorio mixto o que su manejo del inglés es limitado. Además, algunos estados con gran población de hispanos, tales como Florida y Texas, se han rehusado a ampliar la elegibilidad para Medicaid, negando la cobertura de salud a millones de personas, entre ellos a casi un millón de latinos.

    El NCLR trabaja con organizaciones comunitarias de la Red de Afiliados del NCLR que proporcionan información y ayuda a los latinos con la inscripción. Entre los mensajes importantes están las fechas de la inscripción abierta, direcciones de las páginas de Internet y el número de teléfono listados arriba, así como la siguiente información:

    • Es obligatorio inscribirse en una cobertura de salud y las multas este año aumentarán para aquellos que no tengan un seguro médico.

    • Para la cobertura que comienza el 1 de enero de 2015, la fecha límite de inscripción es el 15 de diciembre de 2014; sin embargo, la inscripción abierta continuará hasta el 15 de febrero de 2015.

    • Hay ayuda gratuita en persona para revisar las opciones e inscribirse; puede encontrar la ayuda local en www.localhelp.healthcare.gov.

    • Los avisos de renovación se enviaron por correo a las personas que se inscribieron el año pasado con las instrucciones para hacer cambios en sus planes antes de la fecha límite de renovación del 15 de diciembre; de los contrario, el plan actual se renovará automáticamente.

    • Ya que los planes y precios cambian cada año, se les recomienda a aquellos que están renovando su cobertura que revisen sus opciones y vean si encuentran algún otro plan que cumpla mejor con sus necesidades y presupuesto.

    • Los beneficios para los consumidores bajo la ley ACA incluyen 72 servicios preventivos que ahora ya no tienen costo. Entre estos servicios están: las visitas de rutina para niños, las evaluaciones de presión arterial y colesterol, el papanicolau y las mamografías, las vacunas contra la gripe para los niños y adultos.

    • La inscripción para Medicaid y el Programa de Seguro Médico para Niños (CHIP) es todo el año; casi dos tercios de los niños hispanos sin seguro médico fueron elegibles para este programa en 2012.

    “Tenemos que trabajar para bajar el índice de latinos sin seguro médico, ya que representarán casi un tercio de la fuerza laboral de Estados Unidos en el 2050. Le pedimos principalmente a los estados de Florida y Texas que sean responsables y extiendan el Medicaid a millones de personas. Asegurarnos de que tengan acceso a una cobertura de salud y cuidados médicos asequibles y de calidad, mejorará sus vidas y fortalecerá la economía de nuestro país”, dijo Pompa.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                            Contact:
    November 20, 2014                                                                         Joseph Rendeiro
                                                                                                          jrendeiro@nclr.org
                                                                                                          (202) 776-1566

    WASHINGTON, DC—NCLR (National Council of La Raza) today joined with more than a dozen civil rights organizations representing women, young voters, and the Black, Asian American, Latino, and LGBTQ communities to support President Barack Obama’s pending executive action on immigration. The groups noted that there is ample historical precedent for the president to act and that executive action would aid families and communities, bolster the nation’s economy and enhance national security.

    “Today, in a show of unity, our brothers and sisters in the civil rights community reaffirmed that there are families representing every part of the American fabric who need relief and who have waited an unconscionably long time for progress on reform,” said NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía. “The president has the necessity and the authority to act on behalf of those families and for the benefit of our nation as a whole.”

    Among the organizations were: Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC), Define American, Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the League of United Latino American Citizens (LULAC), Mi Familia Vota, MomsRising, NAACP, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the National Action Network, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP), the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), the National Urban League (NUL), Rock the Vote and Voto Latino.

    “The array of leaders at today’s event demonstrates that there is broad support for the president to help working and often vulnerable families and communities. All those involved in this issue should heed this call for unity and support the president’s leadership to remedy a broken immigration system on behalf of our country. And the House Republican leadership should use this moment to, at long last, move forward on comprehensive immigration reform legislation,” Murguía concluded.

    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.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                      Contact:
    November 20, 2014                                                                                     Julian Teixeira
                                                                                                                         jteixeira@nclr.org
                                                                                                                         (202) 776-1812


    WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today,16 civil rights groups representing a diverse coalition of communities joined together to support President Obama’s decision to use an executive order to address immigration. The president’s pending executive action is expected to provide millions of aspiring Americans from all walks of life with relief from unnecessary deportations.

    National leaders from groups including Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, Define American, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Mi Familia Vota, MomsRising, the NAACP, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the National Action Network, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP), the National Urban League, NCLR (National Council of La Raza), Rock the Vote and Voto Latino united behind the upcoming executive order, noting that every community has been affected by the nation’s chaotic broken immigration system and stands to benefit from a bold action from the president.

    “The faces and stories of Asian immigrants are often left out of the national immigration conversation, but Asian American families face similar hardships caused by our broken immigration system as other immigrant groups,” said Mee Moua, President and Executive Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC. “Nearly 1.3 million Asian Americans are undocumented. More than 250,000 Asian Americans have been deported in the past six years; many are refugees. More than 1.8 million people from Asian countries are waiting decades for a family-sponsored visa to join with loved ones in the United States. The president can provide us temporary relief and we call on him to do what Congress has failed to do: keep families together.”

    “I've been pledging allegiance since middle school to an American flag and government that have yet to recognize me, possibly until this very day,” said Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, filmmaker (“Documented”) and founder of Define American. “While this step to ensure we can live with less fear is wonderful, the real shift cannot happen with any piece of legislation—it must come from a shift in culture. It must come from responsible journalism and a change in the way we view immigrants as a nation.”

    “Millions of undocumented immigrants who have been waiting in perpetual fear for far too long will finally have relief thanks to the strong leadership of President Obama,” said Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign. “Administrative relief from deportation for thousands of LGBT people who want nothing more than pursuing happiness and living openly, honestly and without fear of deportation is an important interim step. It’s now up to Congress to do its job and pass comprehensive, lasting immigration reforms.”

    “We applaud President Obama’s decision to provide immigration relief. For too long, undocumented immigrants have suffered wage theft, sexual harassment, death and injury on the job because unscrupulous employers use their legal status to exploit them,” said Hector E. Sanchez, Executive Director of LCLAA and Chair of NHLA. “This historic announcement could give millions of undocumented Latinos a voice on the job and a life without the fear of deportation. While this executive order will not fix our broken immigration system, it is the right response from the president until Congress acts on a sensible permanent solution.”

    “Immigration reform is a defining civil and human rights issue of our time and it is crystal clear that this is not only a Latino issue: Immigration reform is an American issue. We applaud the President’s willingness to act where Congress has failed us all. We stand behind this decision to help build a nation that’s as good as its ideals,” said Wade Henderson, President and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

    “With these provisions, the president has used his executive authority for administrative relief. The president has changed the lives of millions of people,” said Brent Wilkes, National Executive Director, LULAC. “Students can go to school without fear that their parents will be deported and parents can go to work without fear of being separated from their families. More young people will be allowed to work legally and contribute to the only country they know as home. By taking executive action, the president has answered the will of the American people. Today’s executive order not only does right by the families of countless Latinos, it will also serve to benefit our economy.”

    “President Ronald Reagan saw the value of immigrants and gave me a chance to become the proud citizen of the United States that I am today,” said Ben Monterroso, Executive Director of Mi Familia Vota. “I stand before you as someone who did not give up hope, and I don’t want you to give up hope. We will continue fighting, with all our might, in the halls of Congress and at the election polls until we get a Congress that will fight for us. Don’t give up hope and don’t give up the fight. This is our first historic step in the march toward immigration reform.”

    “The NAACP strongly supports the rights of immigrants and has called for comprehensive immigration reform for decades. We applaud President Obama for using his executive power to begin the process of fixing our nation’s broken immigration system. The depth of the need for this type of decisive action by the president is also matched by the diversity of the problem. We believe that it is crucial to provide documentation for millions of immigrants that live in our country and contribute to our society,” said Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO of the NAACP. “From Haiti to Honduras, from Senegal to St. Croix, family members hoping to reunite with loved ones and refugees working to build a new life in the United States deserve our attention. The NAACP remains committed to advocating on behalf of Americans and those seeking legal citizenship to establish an immigration system that protects all U.S. workers and guarantees the safety and security of our nation without compromising fundamental civil rights, human rights and civil liberties. This executive order is a critical step on the road to comprehensive immigration reform.”

    “Fixing immigration is not an option—it is a necessity. The United States has richly benefited from the influence and industry of immigrants across the globe who dared to dream of a better life within its borders. Now, President Obama has shown the courage to address the throbbing issue of immigration reform responsibly and surgically. By doing so, he will preserve the sanctity of family and invest in our economy. President Obama’s courageous step forward on immigration reform paves the way for a more just economic system that will help various marginalized communities, including African Americans, find their footing in the American economy and in American society,” Janai S. Nelson, Associate Director-Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

    “The executive action by the president is a huge step forward for the civil and human rights movement that wants to see people treated in a humane but thought-out manner. This is a constructive way to deal with a human problem in which everyone wins. The president had no choice but to do what Congress has failed to do and that is to move forward on this issue,” said Rev. Al Sharpton, President, National Action Network.

    “The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and the Black Women’s Roundtable Public Policy Network (BWR) stand united with these organizations in urging President Obama to take immediate action on immigration. It’s not just the right thing to do, it’s the American thing to do,” said Melanie L. Campbell, President and CEO, NCBCP, and convener, BWR. “For those of you who don’t think immigration impacts the African American community, think about the fact that one-fourth of the Black population in New York, Boston and Miami are foreign-born and more than three million U.S. immigrants are of African descent. Also, repairing the broken immigration system will stop enabling employers to exploit immigrant and African American workers, which will aid in the fight for jobs with livable wages.”

    “As an overarching civil rights, human rights and economic empowerment issue, immigration is of great concern to the National Urban League,” said Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League. “In the absence of congressional action to pass a bipartisan bill on immigration, we fully support President Obama’s planned—and precedented—executive order as one step toward fixing a broken system and affording millions of workers the legal protections they need to avoid exploitation and human rights violations. Immigration is an issue that impacts all of us, and while we welcome the president’s action, we implore Congress to pass comprehensive legislation that will offer American workers at every level of the workplace their rights, fair wages and full labor market mobility.”

    “The array of leaders at today’s event demonstrates that there is broad support for the president to take actions to help working and often vulnerable families and communities, including on immigration,” said Janet Murguía, President and CEO, NCLR. “All those involved in this issue should heed this call for unity and support the president’s leadership to remedy a broken immigration system on behalf of our country. And the House Republican leadership should use this moment to at long last move forward on comprehensive immigration reform legislation.”

    “Immigration reform is an American issue, and one that greatly impacts the lives of young people in our country,” said Heather Smith, Chairwoman, Rock the Vote. “The Millennial Generation is the largest, and most diverse, in our nation’s history, and fixing our broken immigration system is consistently a top issue of concern for these young voters. We are encouraged by the President’s pending executive actions, and will continue to call for comprehensive immigration reform on behalf of young Americans.”

    “We recognize the significance of the president’s pending executive action on immigration reform. However, a permanent solution can only come from Congress. We call on congressional leaders to lay aside partisan differences and come together immediately to pass comprehensive reform on behalf of all Americans,” said María Teresa Kumar, President and CEO, Voto Latino.

    To watch today’s press conference, click here.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:

    Joseph Rendeiro
    (202) 776-1566
    jrendeiro@nclr.org

    Announcement will bring relief to millions of American Families

    NCLR (National Council of La Raza) today hailed President Barack Obama for showing courageous leadership on a challenge that has lingered for far too long. Tonight the president made the long-awaited decision to provide relief from deportation to up to five million people, including the parents of children who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents. The action will prioritize enforcement resources for pursuing those who pose the greatest threat and harm to our country, as well as recent border crossers. The president made the announcement in a speech to the American people tonight from the White House.

    “This action is a victory for the president, a victory for millions of American families and workers, a victory for our country, and a victory for common sense. The president has exercised the leadership we needed him to, acting in the country’s best interest and opening a path for Republicans in Congress to legislate on the issue,” said NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía. “Executive action will improve our security by getting people living in the shadows to come forward and go through criminal background checks. It will bolster our economy so those who are working will do so legally in a way that increases tax contributions for the nation and prevents bad employers from pitting them against U.S.-citizen workers. And it will bring greater stability to millions of families—which include U.S. citizens and legal residents—as well as the communities in which they live.

    “To those who say they will fight this action tooth and nail, let me be clear: You are not picking a fight with the president,” Murguía continued. “You are picking a fight with the millions of American families who will find some relief—even if temporary—while extremists in Congress squandered the best opportunity our country has had in decades to resolve this issue. We also note that this is just the beginning. This action is not a path to a green card or to citizenship, and it does not cover millions of worthy immigrants contributing to our country every day, to whom we vow to continue working for reform legislation in Congress. But it will benefit the nation, and needs to serve as a wake-up call for House Republican leadership to finish the job, and deliver the reforms the vast majority of Americans support, which include a path to citizenship for aspiring Americans.”

    For resources, facts on the case for executive action and updates on how to apply for administrative relief, please visit NCLR’s administrative relief site: http://nclr.us/adminrelief.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:

    Joseph Rendeiro
    (202) 776-1566
    jrendeiro@nclr.org

    NCLR RESPONDS TO FERGUSON DECISION
    Statement from Janet Murguía

    “We share the sadness and stand in solidarity with the people of Ferguson, Mo., as well as those throughout our country and especially in communities of color, who were hoping for fairness and accountability in yesterday’s decision. Most of all, we stand with the Brown family, who must continue to wait for justice for their son,” said Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR (National Council of La Raza). “This case is a stern reminder of how encounters between law enforcement and youth of color can result in excessive force and needless loss of life. As a nation, the implications of continuing on that path are grim and demand action.”

    “If this is not to be another setback on our nation’s quest to ensure equal justice for all, then this decision must not be the end, but a beginning,” Murguía continued. “For that to happen, we as a nation need to engage in real and honest dialogue across communities. We need to confront and address both the perception and the reality that communities of color, especially our young men, receive disparate treatment from law enforcement and our criminal justice system. We need to recognize that restoring trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve—as so many cities and areas of our country have done—is essential for the safety and well-being of us all. Then, and only then, can we move forward from this tragic moment.”

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:

    Joseph Rendeiro
    (202) 776-1566
    jrendeiro@nclr.org

    Last week, President Obama announced a series of measures that he will take using his executive authority to address the nation’s broken immigration system. Among these measures is relief from deportation for up to five million people, including the parents of children who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents. While NCLR (National Council of La Raza) enthusiastically applauds this much-needed action, we also want to highlight the risk of fraudulent individuals or groups who may attempt to profit off of those looking to apply for temporary legal status.

    “There is no doubt that nefarious individuals will try to profit from this situation by preying on the hopes and dreams of those who want to come out of the shadows and get right with the law,” said Laura Vazquez, Senior Immigration Legislative Analyst, NCLR. “It is imperative that all individuals who wish to apply for this program get informed. Stay alert for individuals falsely posing as legal experts who promise to help you skip to the front of the line for a fee. Not only will these individuals cost you time and money, they can also jeopardize your chances of benefitting from this much-needed relief.”

    NCLR is working to provide up-to-date information about the president’s plan and how to apply for relief. For resources, facts on the case for executive action and updates on how to apply for administrative relief, visit http://nclr.us/adminrelief. For a directory of nonprofit immigration legal service providers, download the free Immigo app from iTunes or Google Play.

    In the meantime, we encourage everybody interested in applying for the program to get educated about how to avoid fraud:

    www.stopnotariofraud.org
    www.uscis.gov/avoid-scams

    www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0142-immigration-help#reportimmigrationscam

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    PARA DIVULGACIÓN INMEDIATA

    Contacto:

    Joseph Rendeiro
    (202) 776-1566
    jrendeiro@nclr.org

    NCLR INSTA A LOS INMIGRANTES INTERESADOS EN LA ACCIÓN EJECUTIVA DEL PRESIDENTE QUE SE INFORMEN, TENGAN CAUTELA CON EL POSIBLE FRAUDE

    La semana pasada, el Presidente Obama anuncio una serie de medidas que tomará utilizando a su autoridad ejecutiva para enfrentarse a los problemas de nuestro presente sistema de inmigración. Entre estas mediadas anunciadas es el alivio de deportación para hasta cinco millones de personas, incluyendo a los padres de niños que son ciudadanos americanos o residentes permanentes legales. Mientras que el Consejo Nacional de La Raza (NCLR por sus siglas en ingles) aplaude de manera entusiasta esta acción tan necesaria, queremos tomar la oportunidad para subrayar el riesgo de individuos o grupos fraudulentos que puedan tratar de aprovecharse económicamente de aquellos que buscan legalizar su estatus.

    “No hay duda que individuos nefarios trataran de aprovecharse de esta situación y de aquellos que quieren salir de las sombras y legalizarse,” dijo Laura Vazquez, Analista de Inmigración, NCLR. “Es imperativo que aquellos individuos que quieren aplicar para este programa se informen. Manténganse en alerta por individuos que se hacen pasar por expertos legales que prometen ayudar a agilizar el proceso por un precio. No solamente les constaran su tiempo y dinero, sino estos individuos pueden poner en riesgo su oportunidad de beneficiar de esta tan-necesaria medida.”

    NCLR está trabajando para proveer información actualizada sobre el plan del presidente y como aplicar. Para recursos y datos sobre la acción ejecutivo e información sobre cómo aplicar, visite: http://nclr.us/adminrelief. Para un directorio de servicios legales proveídos por organizaciones sin fines de lucro, por favor baje la aplicación gratuito Immigo de iTunes o Google Play.

    Mientras tanto, queremos instarles a todos interesados en beneficiarse de estas nuevas medidas, que se informen sobre cómo pueden evitar el fraude:

    http://www.stopnotariofraud.org/index-es.php
    http://www.uscis.gov/es/eviteestafas
    http://www.consumidor.ftc.gov/articulos/s0142-ayuda-para-inmigrantes

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    Contact:
    December 4, 2014                                                                     Joseph Rendeiro
                                                                                                       (202) 776-1566
                                                                                                       jrendeiro@nclr.org

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed, largely along party lines, the “Executive Amnesty Prevention Act” (H.R. 5759), a bill sponsored by Rep. Ted Yoho (R–FL) that is designed to block implementation of the president’s executive actions on immigration. Among Republicans, Reps. Mike Coffman (CO–6), Jeff Denham (CA–10), Mario Diaz-Balart (FL–25), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27) and David Valadao (CA–21) opposed it. Two more opposed it because the bill was not punitive enough: Reps. Steve King (IA–4) and Louie Gohmert (TX–1). Among Democrats, John Barrow (GA–12), Mike McIntyre (NC–7) and Collin Petersen (MN–7) voted to undo relief.

    “Today, House Republicans had yet another opportunity to demonstrate leadership on immigration. Instead, they confirmed that they have no intention of acting on this issue, opting for a symbolic vote that embraces a draconian, unworkable mass deportation strategy and attacks the only semblance of progress we have made in more than two decades. What they did today is not lost on Latino voters, nor the millions of American families who will finally find some relief in the president’s action,” said Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR (National Council of La Raza).

    “History shows that presidential action has often been a precursor to legislative action, and we hope that this is the case here. We have worked with both sides of the aisle and will continue to do so because too much is at stake. But in the meantime, our country should not be denied the benefits of this legitimate presidential action. It will improve our national security by having people come out of the shadows and go through background checks. It will strengthen our economy by allowing immigrants to work legally, contributing more taxes and preventing bad employers from gaming the system. And it will improve our social fabric by bringing some stability to millions of American families who have lived in fear of being separated from their loved ones. This is the commonsense solution for our nation, as well as the American families that House Republicans voted against today.”

    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.

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    PARA DIVULGACIÓN INMEDIATA                                                          PARA MÁS INFORMACIÓN:
    5 de diciembre 2014                                                                               Julián Teixeira
                                                                                                                  (202) 776-1812
                                                                                                                  jteixeira@nclr.org

    El 15 de diciembre es la fecha límite para cambiar los planes de seguro al renovar la cobertura

    WASHINGTON, D.C.— Durante el segundo período de inscripción abierta bajo la ley de Cuidado de Salud Asequible (ACA, por sus siglas en inglés), el NCLR (Consejo Nacional de La Raza por sus siglas en inglés) quiere recordar a la comunidad latina la inminente fecha límite para aquellos que desean cambiar su plan de seguro médico al renovar la cobertura del año pasado. Las personas que se inscribieron en un plan de seguro médico a través de ACA, ahora pueden elegir un plan diferente cuando renueven su cobertura antes o el mismo lunes 15 de diciembre de 2014. Después de esta fecha, no se podrán hacer cambios y la única opción será continuar con el mismo plan de seguro del año pasado.

    “Es importante que la gente que se inscribió en un plan de seguro médico a través del Mercado de seguros investigue sus opciones antes de renovar su cobertura. Es posible que el plan de seguro médico que eligieron el año pasado ya no se ajuste a sus necesidades y presupuesto de este año, debido a cambios en el plan o a cambios en su propia situación de vida”, dijo Alejandra Gepp, directora adjunta del Instituto para la Salud Hispana del NCLR.

    El NCLR señaló que las compañías de seguros han hecho cambios a las primas, los costos compartidos y los beneficios. Además, hay planes nuevos que no estaban disponibles el año pasado, por lo que se le recomienda a los consumidores que van a renovar su cobertura, revisar cuidadosamente las opciones para elegir el mejor plan antes del lunes 15 de diciembre de 2014. Hay información disponible en www.HealthCare.gov y www.CuidadodeSalud.gov o llamando al 1-800-318-2596. También se puede obtener ayuda gratuita en persona en https://localhelp.healthcare.gov/.

    “Instamos a los latinos a que no se retrasen para renovar su seguro médico y que lo hagan antes o el mismo lunes 15 de diciembre. De lo contrario, puede que su inscripción se renueve automáticamente y el monto del crédito tributario de prima de seguro continuará siendo el mismo del 2014”, dijo Gepp. “Millones de latinos tienen la oportunidad de inscribirse en un plan de seguro médico de su elección que les proporcione acceso a cuidados de salud asequibles, fiables y de calidad”.

    La ley ACA (conocida comúnmente como el Obamacare) ofrece la oportunidad de obtener seguro médico a bajo costo durante este período de inscripción abierta que continuará hasta el 15 de febrero de 2015. El 95 % de los consumidores tendrá la opción de escoger por lo menos entre dos planes de seguro médico. Seis de cada diez individuos que actualmente carecen de seguro médico podrán inscribirse en uno de estos planes por menos de $100 mensuales. Mediante la ley ACA, se declararon 72 servicios preventivos “libres de costo” para los pacientes. Entre estos servicios están las visitas de rutina para los niños, revisiones de presión arterial y colesterol, citología y mamografía para las mujeres, vacunas contra la gripe para los niños y adultos. Aquellos que padezcan de alguna enfermedad crónica también pueden obtener cobertura.

    El Consejo Nacional de la Raza (NCLR) —la organización nacional más grande de apoyo y defensa de los derechos civiles en los Estados Unidos—trabaja para mejorar las oportunidades de los estadounidenses hispanos. Para obtener más información sobre el NCLR, por favor visite www.nclr.org o síganos en Facebook y Twitter.


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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:
    Camila Gallardo
    (305) 215-4259
    cgallardo@nclr.org

    Topics to include Common Core State Standards, avenues for parental involvement

    NEW YORK—This Saturday, July 12, 2014, at 9:30 a.m., NCLR, the Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, Inc. and the New York Urban League will host the second in a three-part series of town halls and educational forums focused on improving the state of education within the Latino community. Topics of discussion will include the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), what they mean for students, how parents can help their children succeed in school and resources and access for English language learners. The discussion is particularly timely for parents in New York City, whose students will enter the first year of universal prekindergarten in the fall.

    Participants, which will feature a New York City councilmember and several representatives from the New York City and New York State education departments, will discuss ways that the CCSS can raise achievement so that Latino and other New York students are prepared to enter institutions of higher learning and meet the future challenges of an increasingly competitive job market. Degree attainment among Latino adults in New York has severely lagged; on average, only 19 percent of Latino adults have postsecondary degrees, yet 69 percent of jobs in New York require some sort of postsecondary education.

    MEDIA ADVISORY

    WHO:
    Moderator: Vanessa Ramos, Senior Director of Policy, Committee for Hispanic Families and Children

    Panel:
    Angelica M. Infante, Associate Commissioner for Bilingual Education and Foreign Language Studies, New York State Education Department
    Claudia Aguirre, Chief Executive Officer, English Language Learners, New York City Department of Education
    Ydanis Rodríguez, New York City Councilmember, District 10
    Rafael Collazo, Director, Political Campaigns, NCLR

    WHAT:
    Town hall on education and your children: how can you help your children be successful from pre-K on?

    WHEN:
    Saturday, July 12, 2014
    9:30 a.m.–Noon

    WHERE:
    Alianza Dominicana
    530 West 166th Street
    New York, NY 10032

    Breakfast will be provided.

    Media are encouraged to attend the event; those wishing to RSVP should contact Camila Gallardo at cgallardo@nclr.org or (305) 215-4259.

    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.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                       Contact:
    December 10, 2014                                                                                       Joseph Rendeiro
                                                                                                                           (202) 776-1566
                                                                                                                           jrendeiro@nclr.org

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—NCLR (National Council of La Raza) has added to its executive leadership ranks in several key areas. Earlier this month, NCLR introduced Ivelisse Fairchild as its new vice president of Resource Development. As the head for this department, Fairchild will be responsible for spearheading fundraising initiatives and development campaigns for the organization.

    Prior to joining NCLR, Fairchild was the chief development officer for Urban Health Plan, Inc., where she lead development, marketing, external affairs and public relations efforts, creating and implementing strategies to develop donors and contributions for the organization. She holds a master’s degree in public health and in organizational psychology from Columbia University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Queens College.

    NCLR is also pleased to announce that Enrique A. Chaurand has joined the organization as the new deputy vice president for the Integrated Marketing and Events (IME) department. Chaurand will oversee and manage the IME team, which is responsible for developing, marketing and executing events such as the NCLR Capital Awards and the NCLR Annual Conference and National Latino Family Expo®, and for providing support to the NCLR ALMA Awards®. He is a seasoned communications, public relations and marketing professional with nearly two decades of experience in the government, business and the nonprofit sectors.

    In addition to new hires, NCLR is pleased to announce the promotion of Clarissa Martínez-De-Castro to deputy vice president of the Office of Research, Advocacy and Legislation. In her new position, she helps lead and manage the department and oversees the organization’s work to advance fair and effective immigration policies and efforts to expand Latino policy advocacy and electoral participation. Martínez-De-Castro previously served as director of immigration and national campaigns, overseeing NCLR’s immigration legislative advocacy and strategy, as well as voter mobilization and civic engagement efforts.

    Martinez-De-Castro also served as manager of the Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, a multisector network of national, state and local organizations committed to advancing policy solutions on immigration. Prior to NCLR, she served as public policy coordinator for the Southwest Voter Research Institute, assistant director of the California-Mexico Project at the University of Southern California, organizer for the Ladies’ Garment Workers Union, and union representative for the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union Local 11.

    In addition to their individual roles, Fairchild, Chaurand, and Martinez-De-Castro are also part of NCLR’s Leadership Team, which helps to manage NCLR and execute key organizational priorities.

    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 us on Facebook and Twitter.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:

    Joseph Rendeiro
    (202) 776-1566
    jrendeiro@nclr.org

    Today, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on “Keeping Families Together: The President’s Executive Action on Immigration and the Need to Pass Comprehensive Reform.”

    “As the Senate Judiciary Committee holds its last hearing in the 113th Congress, we are reminded of what is possible when both sides come to the table to resolve the country’s pressing concerns,” said Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR (National Council of La Raza). “We are also reminded that when the nation’s agenda is surrendered to a few extreme voices, as it was in the House of Representatives by Republican leadership, the business of the people remains undone.”

    On June 27, 2013, after months of hearings, hundreds of amendments, 37 hours of committee debate and nine days on the floor, Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Senate, in a rare show of bipartisan cooperation, passed comprehensive immigration reform legislation. After a year and a half of House Republican leadership’s refusal to bring legislation forward in their chamber, President Obama exercised his legitimate executive powers to make some needed progress on this issue.

    “We support the Immigration Accountability Executive Actions taken by the president and hope that these spur the new Congress into action, as previous executive actions by presidents of both parties have done,” added Murguía. “The lasting solution we need—the thorough overhaul of our immigration system—can only be achieved through legislation. It is time to stop holding that process hostage while our economy and families pay the consequences.”

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    July 10, 2014                                                                 Kathy Mimberg
                                                                                          (202) 776-1714
                                                                                          kmimberg@nclr.org
                                                                                          Press Office (July 18-22 only)
                                                                                          (213) 743-6462

    Experts examine challenges and best practices in Latino community to improve insurance levels and outcomes for chronic disease, obesity, hunger, cervical cancer and more

    LOS ANGELES—Medical professionals, health educators, nutritionists, government officials and others dedicated to providing Latinos with information and resources to live healthy lives will be among the community leaders and experts who gather at the Los Angeles Convention Center for the 2014 NCLR Annual Conference. Health-related workshops will focus on activities and best practices to reach the Hispanic community with bicultural, bilingual information to help them access medical care, eat well and exercise to maintain a healthy weight, get life-saving preventative screenings, and manage chronic diseases effectively.

    In addition to the workshops, the 2014 National Latino Family Expo will offer free screenings for vision, lung health, diabetes risk, blood pressure and more. The Conference and Expo will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center July 19–22. Also, NCLR’s Health Summit will host a town hall on Tuesday, July 22, “After Health Care Reform: The Remaining Uninsured,” which will focus on lessons learned during the implementation of health insurance marketplaces through the Affordable Care Act and pathways to expand coverage to those who remain uninsured (details below).

    Hispanics suffer from health disparities including high rates of obesity (nearly 40 percent) and diabetes and are 50 percent more likely to die from diabetes than non-Hispanic Whites. They are the least insured group in the nation, with nearly one in three lacking coverage. As the Latino community grows to represent one-third of the U.S. population by 2050, so will the prevalence of chronic conditions that Hispanics face, such as diabetes, heart disease, asthma, obesity and their complications. NCLR is committed to expanding outreach and improving health outcomes in the Latino community, which is why health is a priority issue for this year’s Conference.

    Listed below are selected health highlights at the 2014 NCLR Annual Conference. To learn more about Conference health activities, please review the events schedule or contact Kathy Mimberg at (202) 776-1714 or kmimberg@nclr.org. Reporters with current press credentials can register to attend for free: http://nclr.emsreg.com/NCLR14/public/splash.aspx.

    HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS

    Free Health Screenings – 2014 NCLR National Latino Family Expo:
    Saturday, July 19, 2013, 10:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
    Sunday, July 20, 2013, 10:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
    Monday, July 21, 2013, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

    Health Town Hall – Tuesday, July 22 (3:00–4:30 p.m.)
    After Health Care Reform: The Remaining Uninsured

    Millions of Latinos qualify for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act and many obtained coverage during the first enrollment period. This town hall will focus on pathways to expand coverage to the remaining uninsured and the lessons learned during the implementation of the health insurance marketplaces and how they will affect efforts to expand coverage. Panelists include Dr. Robert K. Ross, President and Chief Executive Officer, The California Endowment; Florida State Senator Rene Garcia; Lori A. Baptista, Director of Policy, Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center; Mayra E. Alvarez, MHA, Director, State Exchange Group, Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; and Juan H. Flores, MUP, Consultant and Adviser, La Fe Policy Research and Education Center.

    HEALTH WORKSHOPS

    Saturday, July 19 (9:00–10:30 a.m.)
    ¡Conéctate! Reaching Your Audience Through Social Media

    With more than 80 percent of Latinos using social media, this technology can be a useful tool for discussing health issues that affect our community. Join us to learn how NCLR has shared important messages about cervical cancer prevention with Latinas using social media.

    Integrating Health and Wellness into School Communities
    Using an integrated service model, school staff and partnering agencies can deliver health and wellness initiatives through these community hubs to support a family’s complex needs. Experts in mental and public health, along with families who have received services, will share lessons learned from these partnerships that bridge the education and health sectors.

    Sunday, July 20
    Promotores de Salud: Bridging the Health Care Landscape for Latino Communities

    (9:00–10:30 a.m.)
    Promotores de salud, or community health workers, have played an integral role in enrolling thousands of Latinos in health insurance, assisting with health care system navigation, and providing patients with support to manage chronic diseases. salud program. Presenters include Maria Theresa Vargas, Mujeres Latinas en Acción; Cliff Clark, Migrant Health Promotion; and Juana Ballesteros, Illinois Department of Public Health.

    Mobilizing for Health: Results of Outreach to the Latino Community around the Affordable Care Act
    (Presented by Planned Parenthood Federation of America; 1:30–3:00 p.m.)

    This workshop will present the national effort led by grasstops and grassroots leaders and organizations to inform, enroll and engage the Latino community in the Affordable Care Act. Panelists include representatives from Planned Parenthood and Enroll America.

    Monday, July 21 (9:00-10:30 a.m.)
    Comprando Rico y Sano: Promoting Nutrition Education and SNAP Enrollment for Latinos

    NCLR’s Comprando Rico y Sano program uses the promotores de salud (community health workers) model to educate Latinos about healthy eating, meal preparation, smart shopping and physical activity, and to help eligible Latinos enroll in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Panelists include Crystal Requejo, Mexican American Unity Council; Mariela Estrada, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council; Lucienne Brutus, Hispanic Unity of Florida; and Claudia Barajas, Latino Community Development Agency.

    Impact of Reform on Health and Equity in Latino Communities
    This workshop will explore the impact of the Affordable Care Act on health and equity in Latino communities: affordable health care, healthier neighborhoods, and better jobs. Presenters include George R. Flores, MD, MPH, Program Manager, Prevention, The California Endowment; Richard Figueroa, MBA, Director, Health and Human Services, The California Endowment; and Carmela Castellano-Garcia, President and CEO, California Primary Care Association.

    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.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    Contact:
    January 9, 2015                                                                         Joseph Rendeiro
                                                                                                       (202) 776-1566
                                                                                                       jrendeiro@nclr.org

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—Nearly one year ago, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) introduced rules for mortgage servicers designed to end predatory practices that have cost countless families their homes. The new servicing standards made home-saving loan modifications more available and laid the groundwork for overall improved customer service for borrowers. However, a survey conducted by NCLR (National Council of La Raza) and the National Housing Resource Center (NHRC) found that, while the standards have significantly improved the mortgage servicing industry, servicers continue to employ bad practices that could force borrowers out of their homes. 

    “There is no doubt that the servicing standards, particularly the rule that prohibits dual-tracking, have been a tremendous help for Latino families who were disproportionately affected by the foreclosure crisis,” said Eric Rodriguez, Vice President of the Office of Research, Advocacy and Legislation, NCLR. “But far too many servicers continue to dismiss these rules, which could have serious consequences for families that are struggling to keep a roof over their heads. The standards have been in place for almost a year now. At this point, the servicers have no excuse for ignoring the rules and we are pleased to see that the CFPB is stepping up enforcement actions against violators.”

    The survey, conducted last summer, questioned housing counselors from both NCLR and NHRC’s networks in 35 states and Washington, D.C., about whether servicers were following the new federal guidelines. According to respondents, widespread problems persist with servicers losing homeowner documents and failing to meet required deadlines when communicating with borrowers. Nearly 60 percent of counselors said that servicers often failed to tell homeowners about whether a loan modification application had been approved within the required 30 days. Nearly 20 percent of respondents also reported that servicers have initiated a foreclosure while a loan modification application is still being processed or have begun the foreclosure process before borrowers are 120 days delinquent.

    “After a year of experience with the badly needed CFPB mortgage servicing standards, we are seeing some clear progress on protecting homeowners against unfair foreclosures. But housing counselors are still seeing some servicers miss critical deadlines and have incomplete compliance with the standards,” said Bruce Dorpalen, Executive Director, NHRC. “And the CFPB still needs to address the hurdles faced by non-English-speaking homeowners who are not being served well and who are facing unnecessary foreclosures because of the language barriers.”

    The survey highlighted significant challenges that borrowers with limited English proficiency experience when communicating with servicers. Almost half of the respondents said servicers do not provide written communications in borrowers’ preferred language nor do they receive adequate translation services. Fifty-five percent of counselors said that even when translators were provided, they were rarely fluent in both the borrower’s preferred language and had the technical expertise to adequately assist customers.

    “Language access is a critical issue that must be addressed, particularly for Latino homeowners,” added Rodriguez. “By 2020, half of all new homebuyers will be Latino, yet it’s unclear whether or not the mortgage servicing industry can properly serve this diverse housing market of the future. To ensure the highest quality and most transparent customer service for all future homeowners, servicers must begin to improve efforts to communicate effectively with all homeowners, regardless of their language.”

    NCLR and NHRC will continue to work with the CFPB to improve the servicing standards and ensure that servicers comply with the new guidelines. In the meantime, homeowners who need assistance are encouraged to contact a housing counselor by calling NCLR’s housing counseling hotline at (888) 532-3021.

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

    The National Housing Resource Center is an advocate for the nonprofit housing counseling community, as well as for housing consumers, communities of color, the elderly, and underserved populations. For more information on NHRC, please visit www.hsgcenter.org.

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    PARA DIVULGACIÓN IMMEDIATA                                        Contacto:
    9 de enero de 2015                                                                   Joseph Rendeiro
                                                                                                     (202) 776-1566
                                                                                                      jrendeiro@nclr.org

    WASHINGTON, DC- Hace casi un año, que la Oficina de Protección Financiera del Consumidor (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau o CFPB, por sus siglas en inglés) introdujo normas diseñadas para los proveedores de servicios hipotecarios con la meta de poner fin a las prácticas depredadoras que han costado la pérdida de viviendas a innumerables familias. Los nuevos estándares de servicio hipotecario hicieron modificaciones a los préstamos para viviendas de manera que fueran más asequibles al público y establecieron bases para mejorar los servicios que se ofrecen a los prestatarios. Sin embargo, una encuesta realizada por el Consejo Nacional de La Raza (National Council of La Raza o NCLR, por sus siglas en inglés) y el Centro Nacional de Recursos de Vivienda (National Housing Resource Center o NHRC, por sus siglas en inglés) reveló que a pesar de que las nuevas normas mejoraron significativamente la industria de servicios hipotecarios, quienes prestan esos servicios continúan empleando malas prácticas que podrían forzar a los prestatarios a abandonar sus viviendas. 

    "No hay duda de que las normas de servicio hipotecario, en particular la norma que prohíbe la política de seguimiento doble de las instituciones prestamistas han servido de gran ayuda a las familias latinas que fueron afectadas de manera desproporcionada por la crisis hipotecaria", dijo Eric Rodríguez, vicepresidente de la Oficina de Investigación, Defensa y Legislación de NCLR. "Pero demasiados empleados que prestan servicios en la industria hipotecaria eluden su responsabilidad al no observar el cumplimiento de las nuevas normas lo que podría tener graves consecuencias para las familias que están luchando por mantener un techo sobre sus cabezas. Las normas han estado en vigor durante casi un año y sobre este punto, quienes prestan servicios hipotecarios no tienen excusa ninguna para ignorar las normas y nos complace ver que CFPB está intensificando las acciones de ejecución contra los infractores".

    El verano pasado el NCLR y las redes de NHRC llevaron a cabo un estudio de investigación con consejos de viviendas en 35 estados y en Washington, DC, a fin de determinar si los funcionarios encargados de los servicios prestatarios estaban cumpliendo las nuevas normas federales. Según los encuestados por ese estudio, aun persisten problemas generalizados cuando los funcionarios encargados de procesar las hipotecas pierden los documentos de los propietarios y no cumplen con los plazos requeridos en notificaciones enviadas a los prestatarios. Casi el 60 por ciento de los consejeros de vivienda dijeron que los funcionarios a cargo de las tramitaciones a menudo no les comunican --dentro de los 30 días requeridos-- a los propietarios de viviendas si una solicitud de modificación de préstamo ha sido aprobada o no. Casi el 20 por ciento de los encuestados también informó de que, se encontraron casos, donde los funcionarios habían iniciado una ejecución hipotecaria, aun cuando una solicitud de modificación de préstamo se estaba procesando o iniciaron el proceso de ejecución hipotecaria antes de los 120 días requeridos para declarar si procede o no determinar que existe incumplimiento de pago de la hipoteca por parte del prestatario

    "Después de un año de la aplicación de las nuevas normas, requeridas por CFPB sobre la prestación de los servicios hipotecarios, se vislumbran progresos claros para proteger a los propietarios de viviendas contra las ejecuciones hipotecarias injustas. Pero los asesores de vivienda aún están viendo que los funcionarios a cargo implementar las normas no cumplen los plazos críticos y que las normas las cumplen de manera incompleta ", dijo Bruce Dorpalen, Director Ejecutivo de NHRC. "Aún más, NHRC tiene que abordar los obstáculos que enfrentan los propietarios de viviendas que no hablan inglés, no se les presta la debida atención y enfrentan ejecuciones hipotecarias innecesarias debido a las barreras del idioma".

    La encuesta puso de relieve importantes desafíos para los prestatarios que tienen un limitado dominio del inglés ya que ellos no pueden comunicarse bien con los funcionarios a cargo de los mencionados servicios. Casi la mitad de los encuestados dijeron que los funcionarios no proveen notificaciones escritas en el idioma preferido de los prestatarios ni tampoco reciben servicios de traducción adecuados. Cincuenta y cinco por ciento de los consejeros de vivienda, dijeron que aun cuando se proveen traductores esas personas raramente tienen fluidez en el idioma preferido del prestatario ni tienen la experiencia técnica debida para ayudar a los clientes adecuadamente.

    "El acceso al idioma es clave y ese problema debe abordarse, en especial para los propietarios latinos", agregó Rodríguez. "Para el 2020, la mitad de todos los nuevos compradores de vivienda será latinos, pero quedan dudas si la industria de servicios hipotecarios podrá servir adecuadamente al diverso mercado de la vivienda del futuro. Para garantizar la máxima calidad y proveer servicios con mayor transparencia para todos los futuros propietarios, los funcionarios de los servicios hipotecarios deberían comenzar por esforzarse en ofrecer una forma de comunicación de mayor eficacia para todos los propietarios de viviendas que tenga en cuenta el idioma que los prestatarios hablan".

    NCLR y NHRC continuarán trabajando con la CFPB para mejorar las normas de los servicios y asegurar que los funcionarios a cargo de los servicios hipotecarios cumplan con las nuevas normas. Mientras tanto, se recomienda a los propietarios de viviendas que necesitan ayuda que se pongan en contacto con un asesor de vivienda llamando a la línea de asesoría de vivienda de NCLR al (888) 532-3021.

    NCLR –la organización nacional más grande de apoyo y defensa de los derechos civiles de los hispanos en los Estados Unidos– trabaja para mejorar las oportunidades de los hispanos. Para obtener más información sobre NCLR, por favor visite http://www.nclr.org/, o síganos en Facebook y Twitter.

    National Housing Resource Center es una organización sin fines de lucro abocada a ofrecer servicios de asesoría sobre la vivienda a la comunidad, a los consumidores de viviendas, las comunidades de color, los ancianos y las poblaciones marginadas. Para obtener más información acerca de NHRC, por favor visite www.hsgcenter.org.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:
    Camila Gallardo
    (305) 215-4259
    cgallardo@nclr.org

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—Last Friday, President Barack Obama announced his intention to introduce legislation to Congress that would make a two-year college education free to students across the nation. Under his proposal, similar to successful programs in states like Tennessee and the city of Chicago, students who maintain a grade point average of 2.5 and are working toward enrollment in a four-year college would have the cost of their two-year community college education paid for by the federal government and their respective states—given their particular state has opted into the program.

    “Since its inception, NCLR (National Council of La Raza), has worked to expand opportunities for Latinos in the United States and we learned early on that there is perhaps no more critical an element in elevating our community than ensuring their access to quality education,” said NCLR Senior Vice President Delia Pompa. “For decades, many Latino students have been kept from realizing their dream of higher education because of economic limitations. For many who have considered taking out students loans, the thought of graduating with mountains of debt and decades of loan repayment have dissuaded them from taking that step to enroll in a two- or four-year program.”

    “Ensuring that we are doing our best to prepare the nation’s future generations for an increasingly global marketplace is critical not only to their individual success but to the nation’s ability to remain competitive and for the economy to continue to grow and flourish. Universal community college is a big step in that direction. We look forward to hearing additional details of the president’s plan and encourage our elected leaders to work together to expand opportunities in higher education,” concluded Pompa.

    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.

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