NHCSL - National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators rhina@nhcsl.org 202 434 8070
NHCSL is the preeminent organization serving and representing the interests of Hispanic state legislators from all states, commonwealths, and territories of the United States. Our mission is to serve as a catalyst for joint action on issues of common concern to all segments of the Hispanic community; a forum for information exchange and member networking; an institute for leadership training; a liaison with sister U.S. NHCSL - National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators http://nhcsl.org/img/layout/logo.png US United States Washington 20001 444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 40

About Us

Colorado State Senator Larry Trujillo, who was then Colorado Senate Minority Leader, founded the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL) in 1989 as a non partisan, 501 (c) (3) non profit organization, representing over 300 elected Hispanic State legislators through out the United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Since its founding, the NHCSL's primary mission has been to organize Hispanic state legislators who advocate on behalf of Hispanic communities across the United States.

The NHCSL continues to be a leader in the fight for additional resources at all levels of government. Hispanics nationwide can benefit from better housing, education, healthcare, and business opportunities in both the public and private sectors. We work on your behalf with Congress and the White House to influence and direct these important national priorities.

WHAT WE DO

The NHCSL is the preeminent organization serving and representing the interests of Hispanic state legislators from all states, commonwealths, and territories of the United States. Our mission is to serve as a catalyst for joint action on issues of common concern to all segments of the Hispanic community; a forum for information exchange and member networking; an institute for leadership training; a liaison with sister U.S. Hispanic organizations throughout the country; a promoter of public/private partnerships with business and labor; and a partner with Hispanic state or provincial legislators and their associations representing Central and South America.

The NHCSL provides technical assistance and resources that will help legislators propose legislation and administrative actions to achieve a better quality of life. Our efforts focus on advancements in education, healthcare, housing, economic development, criminal justice, and employment and job training for the Hispanic community.

The NHCSL advocates for the appointment of Hispanics to positions of influence in all levels and branches of government, which will positively impact public policy for Hispanics. We also advocate for the hiring and promotion of Hispanics to positions of influence in the private sector.

Mission Statement

The National Hispanic Caucus of Hispanic State Legislators (NHCSL) was founded in 1989 as a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)3.  The mission of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL) is to be the foremost organization serving and representing the interests of Hispanic state legislators from all states, commonwealths and territories of the United States and the Western Hemisphere.  The NHCSL meets its mission by serving as a catalyst for joint action on issues of common concern, such as housing, immigration, education and healthcare, to all segments of the Hispanic community.  In addition, NHCSL provides a forum for information exchange and member networking; supports leadership training; acts as a liaison with sister U.S. Hispanic organizations; promotes public and private partnerships with business and labor; and partners with Hispanic state or provincial legislators and their associations represented throughout the world.

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Senate President Eduardo Bhatia
NHCSL President

OUR OBJECTIVES

  • To improve the effectiveness of Hispanic legislators to positively impact public policy and the quality of life for all segments of the Hispanic Community.

  • To inform and educate legislators, the government and the public on topics and issues affecting the Hispanic Community, including, but not limited to educational programs and initiatives, conferences, workshops, symposia, newsletters, research studies and personal contacts.

  • To propose legislation and administrative actions to reduce and eliminate obstacles to the achievement of a better quality of life and advancements in education, health care, housing, economic development and reciprocity, criminal justice and employment and job training for the Hispanic Community.

  • To advocate for the appointment of Hispanics to positions of influence in all levels and branches of government which will positively impact public policy for Hispanics.

  • To advocate for the hiring and promotion of Hispanics to positions of influence in the private sector.

  • To inform, educate and promote the active participation of Hispanics in the political and electoral process within their communities and the promotion of their diverse and rich cultures, heritages and languages.

  • To work toward the achievement of the above goals through NHCSL initiatives and in cooperation with participating and supportive corporations and businesses, governmental agencies, labor and civic organizations, and associations, individuals and other active entities.

OUR POLICY PRIORITIES

Education, focusing on closing the educational achievement gap among Hispanic students and providng tools and resources that will assist them to attain success as high school and college graduates.

Health Care, focusing on ensuring that better and more improved health policy is created in an effort to provide Hispanic families with quality and accessible health care in the communities where they live, and addressing the health disparities that continue to exist in minority communities.

Immigration, focusing on immigration reform that will help legislators be better informed about immigration issues and to ensure that immigrants are treated fairly and with dignity.

Economic Development, focusing on ensuring that Hispanic business owners and start-up entrepreneurs have access to capital, education, tools and resources


We also focus on the policy issues including:

  • Civic Education & Voter Registration

  • Criminal Justice

  • Employment, Labor & Job Training

  • Environment

  • Telecommunications & Information Technology

  • Transportation

We value your continued support of NHCSL. For more information about NHCSL visit our website often and subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter.

Thank you.

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