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Learn how to protect your family and community. Download your toolkit TODAY!
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Learn how we work to uphold the civil rights or our community.
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Learn about how we organize to improve conditions and the economic security of low-wage workers in Albuquerque.

El CENTRO is a grassroots, Latino immigrant led organization based in Central New Mexico that works with Latino immigrant communities and allies to defend, strengthen, and advance the rights of our community.



Click here to learn more about El CENTRO’s platform on sanctuary and immigrant integration

 Rise Up with ABQ Businesses week in support of local businesses that support immigrant communities and working families 

El CENTRO is proud of the support provided by the Albuquerque local businesses. Their support was an essential key to make this MayDay Strike and Rally a success. We also recognize that local enterprises are the structure of our local economy, they provide jobs and opportunities to our hard-working New Mexican families.
Thank you for contributing to the economic, social, and cultural richness of Albuquerque! We want to recognize the sacrifice of these businesses for shouting down for a day in solidarity with our immigrant communities. To ensure we provide ongoing support and give due recognition to their participating in the May Day we are asking our members and allies to make purchases in these businesses and promote their work.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! Click here for the list of businesses

Sign Up Here to Request Our Civil Rights Workshop

Now more than ever, EL CENTRO finds the inherent value of our communities becoming a collective, conscious, free and powerful force dedicated to the promotion of human rights. We seek to empower communities through interactive know-your-rights workshops. The objective is to provide essential tools for different communities to defend their civil rights, hold law enforcement/ICE accountable and fight against the criminalization of our communities. Some of the tools involve but are not restricted to:
*information about your rights with law enforcement and federal immigration agents
*dialogue about how we are fighting back and organizing against deportation/enforcement programs;
*emergency family plans


El CENTRO has prepared the following toolkit in collaboration with other organizations across the state and that nation. This toolkit package includes know-your-rights information, family emergency plan form, power of attorney, and “rights cards.”  Now more than ever, it is important to KNOW YOUR RIGHTS in order to continue protecting our families and communities.


Did you know APS has policies and procedural directives to protect APS students and their families?

El CENTRO put a detailed summary of APS official policies and procedures with links to the official documents on the APS website.

The Supreme Court’s decision on DACA+/DAPA is here! This is what you need to know!

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For more information on whether you qualify and how to apply for DACA 2012 click here!

Learn the facts about drivers’ licenses here

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  • For the truth about HB99 amended click here (provided by Somos un Pueblo Unido)
  • For a fact sheet on the changes to New Mexico’s driver’s license law and it’s impact on the immigrant community, click here (provided by the New Mexican Immigrant Law Center)

Our Accomplishments

El CENTRO’s members have organized tirelessly since our inception to improve the lives of low-wage workers and families in New Mexico. Some examples of our victories include:

  • El CENTRO has worked to mitigate the impact of the broken immigration system by successfully passing policies to ensure that local law enforcement does not overstep its authority and enforce federal immigration laws.
  • As a key partner in the NM Minimum Wage Coalition, we have worked to raise the minimum wage at the state level as well as in Albuquerque and  Bernalillo County.
  • El CENTRO has been at the the forefront of campaigns in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County to fight back against immigration enforcement programs and protect our communities. We drastically lowered the number of deportations in Albuquerque by working to modify policies at the Metropolitan Detention Center to minimize entanglement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Learn more about our accomplishments

Although we are proud of our accomplishments, together we can so much more! Donate today and become a member  to continue to build upon our proud legacy of passing model policies and integrating immigrants into the mainstream.


Upcoming Events

Civil Rights Workshop

Date: Jun 05, 2017
Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Location: El Centro

Come learn about your civil rights with us and how to educate others!

Labor discrimination and wages theft workshops

Date: Jun 09, 2017
Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Location: El Centro

Attend this free workshop if you think you have been the victim of wage theft and / or discrimination and want to learn about your rights and options. Call (505) 246-1627 to reserve your seat.

Civil Rights Workshop

Date: Jun 19, 2017
Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Location: El Centro

Come learn about your civil rights with us and how to educate others!

Contact Us

El CENTRO de Igualdad y Derechos
714 4th St SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102