• Voces Unidas

Statement on the 2020 Presidential Election

With the election of President-elect Joe Biden last week, we are cautiously optimistic that the lives of Latinos and immigrants in the state may improve. A Biden administration may finally provide a pathway to citizenship for dreamers, the end of child separation at the border, and an end to the public charge rule, among other policy changes that have disproportionally impacted this population. But we cannot look ahead without acknowledging that it will take a generation for America’s Latinos to begin to heal from the trauma endured in recent years.

Not only have we seen the rise of white supremacist groups—and their hate crimes—throughout the state and the nation, but Latinos' daily experience with discrimination, bias and outward racism is now a well-covered topic inside our homes and around our kitchen tables, as family members admit they are living in fear.

The current administration’s immigration and deportation policies shined a light on the complacency of the established elected officials, the media and other decision makers who allowed xenophobia and the dehumanization of immigrants to take root.

We call on decision makers and leadership nationally, and especially in Colorado, to double down on their commitments to support Colorado’s Latino, immigrant, and refugee communities, including foundations, elected representatives, and those in leadership across sectors. We also ask for the support of all statewide leaders of conscience.

  • We ask Colorado Foundations to continue to invest in the Latino and Immigrant serving nonprofits who are providing trusted services.

  • We implore Elected Officials to represent and support legislation that will positively impact Latino interests including economic opportunities, social needs, safety, and health.

  • We encourage our Community Leaders to honor the contributions of Latinos in the state and support their mental and physical wellbeing

The institutions who have signed this statement come together as one voice to speak to an urgent need for the incoming administration to set in motion true systems-level change that will support, uplift and provide communities of color with hope for the future in its first 100 days and beyond.

Advocates Against Domestic Assault - Charlene Tortorice, Executive Director 

Alianza NORCO– Patricia Miller, Executive Director

Casa de Paz– Sarah Jackson, Executive Director

Centro Humanitario- Sarah Shikes, Executive Director

Clinica Tepeyac- Jim Garcia, CEO

Colorado Circles for Change– Angell Perez, Executive Director

Colorado Jobs with Justice- Pamela Reséndiz Trujano, Executive Director

Colorado Statewide Parent Coalition– Lorena Garcia, Executive Director

Cultivando– Olga Gonzalez, Executive Director

El Groupo Vida– Elisa Aucancela, Executive Director

Focus Points Family Resource Center, Jules S. Kelty, Executive Director

Girls Inc. of Metro Denver – Sonya Ulibarri, President & CEO

Hispanic Affairs Project– Ricardo Perez, Executive Director

INSPIRE- Jesse Ramirez, CEO

Justice & Heritage Academy– Aaron Abeyta, Founder

La Cocina– Dr. Janina Farinas, CEO

Latin American Educational Foundation– Jim Chavez

Latina SafeHouse– Angela Cesena

Latino Community Foundation of Colorado– Carlos Martinez, CEO

Latino Leadership Institute– Joelle Martinez, Executive Director

Latinx Center at The University of Denver – Dr. Debora Ortega, Director

Mi Casa Resource Center- Monique Lovato, CEO

Mujeres de Colores– Betty Aragon-Mitotes, Executive Director

Museo de las Americas– Claudia Moran, Executive Director

OneMorgan County– Susana Guardado

Padres & Jovenes Unidos- Elsa Bañuelos, Executive Director

Project Voyce– Vanessa Roberts, Executive Director

Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network– Mekela Goehring, Executive Director

San Luis Valley Immigrant Resource Center- Flora Archuleta, Executive Director

Servicios de La Raza– Rudy Gonzales, Executive Director

Voces Unidas de las Montañas– Alex Sánchez, Executive Director

Las instituciones latinas y aquellas que prestan servicios a inmigrantes en todo Colorado instan a los responsables de la toma de decisiones del estado a mantener el cambio de sistemas a la vanguardia de todo lo que hacen

Con la elección del presidente Joe Biden la semana pasada, somos cautelosamente optimistas que las vidas de latinos e inmigrantes en el estado puedan mejorar. Una administración Biden finalmente puede proporcionar a los Dreamers un camino hacia la ciudadanía, el fin de la separación infantil en la frontera y el fin de la regla de carga pública, entre otros cambios en las políticas que han afectado de manera desproporcionada a esta población. Pero no podemos mirar hacia adelante sin reconocer que tomará una generación para que los latinos de Estados Unidos comiencen a sanar del trauma sufrido en los últimos años.