Alianza Americas

A TRANSNATIONAL VISION, ROOTED IN COMMUNITY

aka NALACC   |   Chicago, IL   |  www.alianzaamericas.org

Mission

Alianza Americas is a network of more than 45 Latin American and Caribbean immigrant organizations in 12 states. Rooted in Latino immigrant communities in the United States, and working both domestically and transnationally, Alianza Americas seeks to create an inclusive, equitable and sustainable way of life for all families throughout the Americas. Alianza America works with civil society partners, government agencies, and communities of faith and organized labor, to shape and influence public policies that promote social, political, and economic justice across the Americas.

Ruling year info

2007

Principal Officer

Oscar Chacon

Main address

2875 W Cermak

Chicago, IL 60623 USA

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Formerly known as

NALACC

NALACC

EIN

34-2066826

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Anti-immigrant rhetoric and sentiment in the US and around the globe creates an antagonistic environment in which it becomes difficult, if not impossible, to promote healthy, just migration and migrant rights.

In the current political climate, where racist and xenophobic attacks escalate daily, systematically demonizing immigrant communities, it is imperative to ensure that migrant communities are treated in a just and equitable manner reflecting the thousands of ways they contribute to economic prosperity and to the rich cultural fabric of both their countries of origin and those to which they migrate.

The US is not alone – Mexico and Central American governments are not aggressively advocating for, nor protecting, migrants in their own countries. Organized Latin American communities have a unique role to play in advocacy for justice and equity for all communities.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Circles for Protection for Immigrant Families

Campaign to enable communities to respond to anti-immigrant raids and negative stereotyping and to showcase positive initiatives to protect and integrate families fleeing violence in Central America.

Population(s) Served

Create a cadre of Latino immigrant leaders who can drive policy change, serve as voices of their communities and manage local, national and transnationally coordinated advocacy.

Population(s) Served

This campaign focuses on Temporary Protected Status, a humanitarian program that has allowed nearly 400,000 people to live, work and build community in the United States for twenty years. The program is currently being canceled, putting hundreds of thousands of families at risk.

Population(s) Served

This anti-racism, anti xenophobia campaign uses art as a gateway for conversations among young people and adults about racism and discrimination. The artwork also opens up conversations with a broader public. This effort aims to shift the narrative around immigrants and immigration in the United States, emphasizing the many positive roles that immigrants play in our society.  The initiative also encourages media outlets and opinion leaders to cease to use the phrase "illegal immigrant" as this terminology tends to strip immigrants of their fundamental humanity and deepens anti-immigrant sentiments.

Population(s) Served

The Alianza sends representatives to create positive, compelling relationships across the many borders that divide communities. The organization also organizes speaking and listening tours that bring first-hand experiences in Mexico and Central America into homes, schools, and churches here in the United States. The goals are:
to arm delegates with information that spurs them to strengthen alliances and take action to reduce immigration injustices.
to seek collective solutions to highly sensitive transnational issues—immigration, social, economic, and racial justice.
Each year, the Alianza identifies individuals, including media representatives, who can gain the on-the-ground exposure needed to take action to improve the lives of immigrants, refugee children, and displaced families.
Delegates learn about, analyze, and report on the real concerns and conflicts affecting the lives of people in the US, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. They meet with local officials, refugees, and others who deal with these inhumane issues to build understanding and fortify alliances. These trips create an emotional and intellectual connection to the issues via personal interactions and experiences. This, on a deeper level, increases understanding and develops relationships that mobilize delegate involvement.
The educational tours serve a similar function for those who cannot or are not ready to take on international travel, by bringing the transnational realities of Mexico and Central America to policy makers and other potential allies.
Education Delegations and tours contribute to Alianza efforts by building partnerships to secure racial and economic justice, promote racial healing, and seek relief for children and families fleeing violence.

Population(s) Served

This program combines elements of the delegations/tours, leadership, and US policy advocacy but with a focus on influencing policy in countries of origin and at the global level. In 2018, the focus is on improving consular services in Mexico and Central America; guaranteeing the civic engagement of nationals living abroad; and advocacy for a strong Global Compact on Migration in the United Nations.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

MACE Award 2010

MacArthur Foundation

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of overall donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is part of a new campaign "200 Allies" designed to build community support for our work.

Number of stories successfully placed in the media

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Media mentions being tracked via staff reporting and media scans.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Alianza Americas is the only transnational organization rooted in Latino immigrant communities in the U.S. and focused on improving the quality of life for all people in the US-Mexico-Central America migration corridor. Its work brings an important perspective to all areas related to quality of life—economic, racial, and social justice, humane migration policies, and protection for children and families seeking refuge.
As a network of Latino and Caribbean immigrants, Alianza Americas clearly recognizes the transnational nature of its challenge: while working for change in the US, it is no less important to promote more stable, healthier, more democratic, and safer conditions in its constituent's countries of origin.
The Alianza partners with government agencies, government, nonprofit and faith-based organizations, organized labor and representatives from across Latin America to shape and influence social, political, and economic policies that are fair and achievable. The Alianza creates, implements, and supports comprehensive solutions that that take great caution to protect the well-being and dignity of all people across the Americas. These solutions find their genesis in the wisdom and transnational experiences of migrant communities. The Alianza recognizes this is a critical and core component of its work.
The organization considers racial healing and ending racism as paramount to its collective march toward justice and equality. The end goal is to create social and political conditions that result in humane treatment for everyone, regardless of who or where they are.
Alianza Americas engages organized Latino immigrants to take ownership of their own destiny. This is manifested in four primary areas: educational delegations, leadership training, network advocacy, and action-driven diplomacy—and they are mutually- reinforcing. For example, lessons learned from educational delegations are fed into the action-driven diplomacy via briefings, reports, meetings with officials, and strategic use of traditional and social media outlets.

KEY STRATEGIES:
Educational tours and delegations
Leadership Training
Networked Advocacy
Citizen-Diplomacy

Education Delegations
The Alianza sends representatives to create positive, compelling relationships across the many borders that divide communities. The organization also organizes speaking and listening tours that bring first-hand experiences in Mexico and Central America into homes, schools, and churches here in the United States.

Delegates learn about, analyze, and report on the real concerns and conflicts affecting the lives of people in the US, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. They meet with local officials, refugees, and others who deal with these inhumane issues to build understanding and fortify alliances.

Citizen Diplomacy
Alianza Americas provides strategies, guidance, recommendations, and foundational support to resolve transnational challenges. Based on research, logical thinking, analysis, and exemplary negotiating skills—and at the request of elected officials, community leaders, governmental/non-governmental agencies, and others—the agency helps to forge agreements that actualize solutions to complicated cross-border differences.
Strategic diplomatic efforts include:
- providing advice and council
- analyzing and disseminating critical data
- conferring and negotiating with elected officials, - - government agencies, NGOs, unions
producing briefs, reports, press releases, op-ed responses

Alianza Americas greatest strength is its members.
The Allianza is made up of more than 45 immigrant-led/-serving organizations and networks that collectively reach more than 100,000 families. It uses the collective power of these agencies to advocate for and defend better economic, social, and political immigrant policies throughout the Americas. Its work brings about a more just, equitable, and sustainable way of life for refugee children, families, and individuals fleeing deplorable, heart-breaking conditions in their home countries.
The Allianza, with its capacity to be agile in responding to the almost daily changes affecting immigrants, promotes policy coherence among membership to find ways to both protect and keep out of harm's way the many immigrants who make their way to the United States. It also builds power for action among members and strengthens alliances for action.

Resist- Connect- Transform - This mantra guided our work in 2017 and 2018. Alianza Americas has focused on immigrant families most vulnerable to attacks, including the recently arrived unaccompanied children from Central America (who have been demonized as criminals and gang members) and families at risk of losing Temporary Protected Status. Despite many the many challenges of the current political climate, we have moved forward, made connections, crafted alliances, and captured opportunities to stay strong and get stronger.

2017-18 marked many new connections—via the educations tours, the bridging of issues (taxes, trade, climate, human mobility), the deeper relations with faith groups—all of these helped us reach new audiences. Along the way, we learned a great deal about how to lead with our values, but meet people where they are. In 2018, we devoted significant resources to responding to the humanitarian needs of Central Americans in exodus in Mexico and the United States.

Alianza Americas leadership on TPS, on behalf of our many member organizations with a long track record of work and service with recipients of this form of relief, was fundamental to building a critical mass for pressure on renewal and laying the groundwork for legislative advocacy. This is a critical issue for the families and more than 275,000 US-citizen children who could be uprooted from their jobs, homes, schools and communities.

The cancelation of TPS for El Salvador, Haiti, and Nicaragua as well as many other countries moved this issue to the top of the priority list. The efforts of our members, allies, and communities around the country have made TPS finally visible on the national consciousness. Twenty-three municipalities have passed resolutions in support of TPS holders at the local level. The challenge of protecting vulnerable populations, such as DACA, TPS, recent arrivals, those who have lost status, that the large numbers of undocumented, remain paramount. We must to be prepared to endure a yet another assault on the rights of immigrant and refugee populations, as well as a renewed attempt to advance an extremely nativist and white supremacist agenda when it comes to immigration policy.

Alianza Americas continued to grow its transnational and global advocacy presence. As a result of our leadership role within the Global Coalition on Migration, an entity co-founded by Alianza Americas, we remain as an active organized migrant voice within the Global Forum on Migration and Development, as well as in the Global Compact on Migration process. These activities have positioned Alianza Americas as a regional leader on matters related to Latin American migrant communities in the US and beyond.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Alianza Americas

Board of directors
as of 7/2/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Claudia Lucero-Mead

Durango Unido

Term: 2014 - 2018

Lariza Dugan-Cuadra

CARECEN-SF

Judith Montenegro

Latinos of the Deep South, Latino Commission on AIDS

Mirtha Colon

Hondurans Against AIDS/ONECA

Patricia Montes

Centro Presente, Boston, MA

Levis Torres

We Count, FL

Rosana Araujo

Women Working Together, FL

Riahl O'Malley

United for a Fair Economy, Boston

Emily Carcamo

CRECEN, TX

ABEL NUNEZ

CARECEN, DC

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes