CHCF’s policy center is dedicated to increasing voter participation and civic engagement amongst the Latino communities in New York. As the Latino population continues to grow, there is an increase in the number of eligible Latino voters. Nationally, the number increased from 16.1 million in 2004 to 19.5 in 2008.(1)
CHCF organizes voter registration drives in New York City’s highly populated Latino areas; in addition CHCF helps New York City’s immigrant populations obtain citizenship status through the Immigrant Opportunities Initiative, so that they too can become eligible voters.
CHCF works with established groups to bring a Latino voice and perspective to issues such as child care in New York State through the Permanent Judicial Commission for Children. CHCF also joins the National Council of La Raza annually for Latino Advocacy Day, briefing legislators in Washington, DC on issues of concern to the Latino community. In addition, through its work with the International Child Welfare Forum (IFCW), CHCF is involved in discussions and programs to improve the well-being of children around the world.
CHCF’s advocacy efforts can also be seen in our after-school programs as we help parents, students, and administrators gather for letter writing campaigns and call-ins when policy issues directly affect the students we serve.