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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.

 


May Day Community Festival: “We Are All New Mexico”

On May 1st, International Workers’ Day, we will come together to celebrate and recognize the countless contributions that immigrant families and our diverse communities make to the cultural, economic and social fabric of Albuquerque. Participate with El CENTRO, along with dozens of organizations around the city for a day of solidarity and celebration and come to together as a community to promote immigrants’/refugees’ rights and workers’ justice.

WHAT: International Workers’ Day: WE ARE ALL NUEVO MEXICO, Celebrating the Contributions of Low-Wage Workers and our Communities
WHEN: Tuesday, May 1st, 5:30 to 8:30 PM
WHERE: Barelas Community Center |801 Barelas Rd SW, 87102

Come and enjoy activities for the whole family:

  • Opening Ceremony by Circulo Solar Ollin Xochipilli Danza Azteca and Grupo de Danza Mayahuel Kalpulli Izcalli – Healing Circle
  • Traditional Healing Services provide by Grupo de Danza Mayahuel Kalpulli Izcalli – Healing Circle (“limpias”, reiki, healing circles and more)
  • Live Music: DJ Tequila y Mariachi San Jose
  • Volleyball Tournament
  • Entertainment: ballet folklórico, professional clowning Payasita Lollipop and activities for children
  • Food trucks: Tacos’ Sanchez, Cooperativa Justa, and La Carreta Hot Dogs

Click here for our Facebook event. Come and bring your family for an evening of celebration!


 ATTENTION employers and workers: How to prepare for I-9 inspections with ICE if ICE comes to your job.

Click here to read the toolkit for employers and employees put together by the National Employment Law Project and the National Immigration Law Center on how to prepare for I-9 inspections and if ICE arrives at your work.


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

DOWNLOAD OUR TOOLKIT TO KNOW HOW WE CAN PROTECT OUR FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES

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.


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On February 26th, 2018, the Supreme Court declined to clear the way for the Trump administration to end DACA  until Congress acts to make their status permanent.

Please, refer to the following link for resources and information in New Mexico: http://nmilc.org/daca.

Also! check this document that explains your rights and next possible steps if you were elegible for DACA or a DACA beneficiary.

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

NATIONAL RESOURCES POST-DACA

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


DOWNLOAD THE APS POLICE SUMMARY – IMMIGRANT STUDENTS COMPILED BY EL CENTRO

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

Workers Rights Orientation

Date: Apr 30, 2018
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.

Workers Rights Orientation

Date: May 14, 2018
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.

Workers Rights Orientation

Date: May 28, 2018
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.


Contact Us

El CENTRO de Igualdad y Derechos
714 4th St SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
information_elcentro@yahoo.com
505.246.1627

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