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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.



In line with his white supremacist agenda,  Trump has launched all-out attack on immigrant communities. He has passed executive orders and outlined his administration’s principles on immigration that aim to persecute, detain, and deport our families and communities. Nationwide, approximately 800,000 young DREAMERs are now vulnerable to losing their jobs and being separated from their families. In Albuquerque, we have already seen an uptick in ICE activity that has targeted families at home, at work, and in our public spaces such as the courts.  We are proud that New Mexico rejected Trump in the ballot box.

Take action TODAY  to ensure that his agenda of hate isn’t funded!

At a time when Trump is urging Congress to support massive cuts to education and end the Affordable Care Act and important safety-net programs, he is asking Congress to fund programs that would expand the separation and criminalization of our New Mexican immigrant families.

Between now and December, Congress has a decision to make. Take action so Congress says NO to granting the Trump administration the resources it wants to:

  • further militarize our border and build a costly, harmful, and unnecessary border wall,
  • hire thousands more ICE and border patrol agents,
  • expand private prisons here in New Mexico and nationwide,
  • expand federal deportation programs,
  • trample on our constitutional rights

Take action today and send a message to US Senators Udall and Heinrich, and to Representative Pearce that we need them to be champions for New Mexico.

Sign our petition TODAY and join our statewide effort with allies such as ACLU-NM, Somos un Pueblo Unido, CAFE, and the Southwest Environmental Center.

Our message to Congress is clear: we will continue honoring New Mexico’s proud legacy of passing policies that are conducive to upholding civil rights, protecting immigrants from being targeted for deportations, and that promote public safety of all our families. We are all ONE New Mexico.

 IMPORTANT: These are the 5 things you need to know about Trump’s announcement to end

On September 5th, the Trump administration announced the end DACA. Are you or someone you know a DACA recipient? Please, refer to the following link for resources and information in New Mexico:

You can also visit Listo Nuevo Mexico’s resource website here:

The deadline to renew DACA for some recipients was October 5th.


Click here to learn about options for beneficiaries of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

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

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.

 CLICK HERE if you are a member of a non-profit or a service provider

Check this guide put together by the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project if you are a member of a non-profit or a service provider interested in knowing how to provide a safe environment for undocumented clients and what to do if immigration agents came to your building or tried to detain your clients19667568_773733399467082_5780917648811930747_o

New Guide and Resources for Workers

El CENTRO's Labor Toolkit
Download our new toolkit full of information and resources so that you learn your rights as a worker regardless of your immigration status. Know your protections so you can report some type of work abuse and to help fight against theft of wages. Click on the image or on the title to download the guide and remember to share this information with more people.

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

Orientaciones de Derechos Laborales

Date: Nov 27, 2017
Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Location: El Centro

Asiste a este taller gratis si tu crees haber sido víctima de robo de salario y/o discriminación y quieres aprender sobre tus derechos y opciones. Haz click aquí para ver el volante. Llama al (505) 246-1627 para reservar tu asiento.

Workers Rights Orientation

Date: Nov 27, 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.

Orientaciones de Derechos Laborales

Date: Dec 11, 2017
Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Location: El Centro

Asiste a este taller gratis si tu crees haber sido víctima de robo de salario y/o discriminación y quieres aprender sobre tus derechos y opciones. Haz click aquí para ver el volante. Llama al (505) 246-1627 para reservar tu asiento.

Contact Us

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