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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.


DACA Clinic/Rights Workshops

As a response to the Trump Administration’s decision to end DACA, El CENTRO de Igualdad y Derechos and the New Mexico Immigrant Law Center (NMILC) have united forces to offer informational workshops about DACA, labor rights, rights with ICE and/or law enforcement, in addition to discussing the next steps in the fight to protect Albuquerque’s immigrant communities.

Free legal consults will be available on a first-come, first served basis. Childcare will be provided.

WHAT: FREE Civil Rights (Know Your Rights) and DACA workshops

WHEN: Wednesdays in September from 1-5 PM, Fridays in September from 5:30-8:30 PM

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

Click here for our flyer with more information and additional locations for DACA workshops

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 is October 5th.


El CENTRO is here to help you exercise your voting rights!

There is a high level of interest by our communities to vote because we know what is at stake. We are proud of our contributions to Albuquerque as entrepreneurs, workers, community leaders and as committed parents. And, to ensure that we elect local politicians that heed our voices and represent our values, we have to register and turn-out to vote on October 3rd!

Remember, early voting takes place September 13-September 29, and election day is October 3! Click here to find a polling location. The Albuquerque City Charter requires voters to present photo identification when voting in City elections. Click here to see the list of accepted types of photo IDs

Need more information? Call us at (505) 246-1627 or send us an email to

Or, you can also contact the office of the City Clerk directly:

Voting & Elections Contact

Department: Office of the City Clerk, 600 2nd NW, Albuquerque NM 87102
Phone: (505) 924-3650
Fax: (505) 924-3660


Our Albuquerque Workforce is Under Attack

Our working families have been active fighting for a fair municipal election by demanding that the city print the Healthy Workforce Ordinance in a clear and legible form on the ballot. The Healthy Workforce Ordinance would allow all ABQ workers to earn paid sick days for every 30 hours worked up to 40 hours if workers are employed by a business with less than 40 employees, and up to 56 hours if the business has more than 40 workers. In addition, we are involved in lawsuits with ally organizations to to hold the Department of Workforce Solutions, under the direction of Governor Martinez, accountable for not enforcing New Mexico’s labor laws. ¡Que vivan los trabajadores! Click here to read the Healthy Workforce ABQ Ordinance.

Listen to our interview with  KUNM’s Espejos de Aztlan to learn more about our struggles to protect minimum wage and paid sick days!

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: Sep 28, 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: Sep 28, 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.

Talleres de discriminación laboral y robo de salarios

Date: Sep 29, 2017
Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Location: El Centro

Asista a este taller gratuito si piensa que ha sido víctima de robo de salarios y / o discriminación y quiere aprender sobre sus derechos y opciones. Llame al (505) 246-1627 para reservar su asiento.   

Contact Us

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