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ENLACE Chicago
2756 S. Harding Avenue, Chicago, IL 60623
773-542-9233 •

In 1990, a group of civic and community leaders in Little Village founded what was then called Little Village Community Development Corporation (LVCDC) and is now Enlace Chicago.

This group of Little Village residents came together as volunteers to engage residents and provide community input in the re-development of the abandoned industrial park at 26th Street and Kostner Avenue. Through
this effort, the LVCDC founders felt they needed to create an organization that would engage neighborhood residents in planning for their community’s redevelopment. While the 26th & Kostner project fell through for the developers, the residents remained organized and moved forward with the formation of the organization.
Enlace Chicago has four programs: Community Education, Economic and Community Development, Violence Prevention and Organizing and Advocacy; more than 5,000 youth and adults are directly served. The organization’s impact reaches well beyond this number and benefits the 100,000 residents in the community by creating opportunities and resources.

Enlace Chicago is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of the residents of the Little Village Community by fostering a physically safe and healthy environment in which to live and by championing opportunities for educational advancement and economic development.

Illinois Business Immigration Coalition

The Illinois Business Immigration Coalition (IBIC) represents a growing and diverse set of businesses and business associations promoting sensible, comprehensive federal immigration reform to benefit the people and economy of our state.

We believe that we have a unique opportunity to unite across diverse sectors – high-skilled and low-skilled, large corporations and small businesses – in a successful push for sensible immigration reform alongside elected officials and immigrant advocates.

Our goal is to provide a strong and effective voice for Illinois businesses in the national immigration conversation and to urge our elected officials to vote for our economy and our communities by supporting comprehensive, sensible immigration reform.

Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
55 E. Jackson Blvd, Suite #2075, Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 332-7360 •

ICIRR is dedicated to promoting the rights of immigrants and refugees to full and equal participation in the civic, cultural, social, and political life of our diverse society.

In partnership with member organizations, the Coalition educates and organizes immigrant and refugee communities to assert their rights; promotes citizenship and civic participation; monitors, analyzes, and advocates on immigrant-related issues; and, informs the general public about the contributions of immigrants and refugees. ICIRR under the direction of its member organizations works on various programs and campaigns that empower the immigrant community in Illinois.

Illinois Latino Council on Higher Education
P.O. Box 409368, Chicago, IL 60640

Illinois Latino Council on Higher Education aims to create an awareness of issues impacting Latinos in higher education and provide a statewide forum for Latino educators, community representatives, and other supporters for the social and professional advancements of Latinos. ILACHE is a statewide organization dedicated to the advancement of the status of Latinos through educational policy reform, advocacy, identification of best practices, and the dissemination of research and information.

Today, ILACHE continues to serve as an action oriented, independent advocacy group for Latinos in higher education in the areas of access and equity as it relates to employment, admissions, and legislation in the State of Illinois. Through their annual conference, ILACHE provides public forums and networking opportunities to Latino higher education professionals, and to create advocacy agendas, share best practices, and to explore new ways of affecting legislative and university policies. Striving for inclusion and voice, ILACHE continues to advocate for the needs of the Latino community and provides a statewide forum for dialogue on issues in higher education.

Korean American Resource and Cultural Center
6146 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60659
773-588-9158 •

In 1994, a group of low-income, recent immigrants in their late teens and early twenties began to meet and discuss issues facing the Korean American community of greater Chicago, now estimated at 80,000. Recognizing the need for an organization that empowers community members through organizing and advocacy, the Korean American Resource and Cultural Center (KRCC) opened its doors in March of 1995.
KRCC’s mission is to empower the Korean American community through education, social service, organizing/advocacy and culture. Locally, KRCC is a member of the Korean Human Service Providers Council, the Korean American Vote Coalition, the Coalition of Asian, African, Arab, European and Latino Immigrants of Illinois and the Illinois Coalition of Immigrant and Refugee Rights.

KRCC is the Chicago affiliate of the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium ( and has an affiliate center in Los Angeles (

Latinos Progresando
3047 W. Cermak Road, Chicago, IL 60623
773-542-7077 •

When Latinos Progresando opened its doors in 1998, it was led by founder and current Executive Director Luis Gutierrez who was, at the time, just 24 years old and working as a volunteer. The son of Mexican immigrants, Luis was born and raised in southwest Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood—the largest Mexican community in the Midwest.

With the goal to give families access to the resources Latino Progresando needed to thrive, LP opened its first bank account with just $200. Today LP is recognized as a community leader, reaching thousands of families every year: meeting immediate needs, putting our community’s story on center stage, investing in the next generation of leaders; and developing resources in the community through coalition building. LP also leads advocacy and policy efforts around issues impacting Chicago’s Mexican community.

Legal Assistance Foundation (LAF)
(Immigrants and Workers’ Rights Practice Group)
120 S. LaSalle Suite #900, Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 341-1070 •

For the past 40 years, LAF (formerly the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago) has made its mark on justice for the poor in Cook County, providing direct legal services, advocacy, outreach and impact , protecting the legal rights of the most vulnerable in our society, including battered women, people with
disabilities , public housing residents, applicants for and recipients of subsistence benefits and Medicaid, immigrants, children, the elderly, low-paid workers, people with HIV-AIDS, and nursing home residents.
LAF’s Immigration Project is committed to serving the direct legal needs of Illinois’ immigrant community and, in particular, expanding its services to reach vulnerable immigrant groups in Chicago, suburban Cook County and immigrants living elsewhere in Illinois. The Project provides legal information through a weekly phone line, and represents individuals applying for status through the Immigration Service, specializing in the area of domestic violence, other crimes related to the U crime victim’s visa and the VAWA self-petition, and individuals in removal proceedings. The Immigration Project can also provide services related to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
11 E. Adams, Suite #700, Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 427-0701 •

Founded in 1968, MALDEF is the nation’s leading Latino legal civil rights organization. Often described as the “law firm of the Latino community”, MALDEF promotes social change through advocacy, communications, community education, and litigation in the areas of education, employment, immigrant rights, and political access.

MALDEF strives to implement programs that are structured to bring Latinos into the mainstream of American political and socio-economic life; to provide better educational opportunities, to encourage participation in all aspects of society and to offer a positive vision for the future. Unique to MALDEF is an approach that combines advocacy, educational outreach, and litigation strategies to achieve socio-economic change.

MALDEF has achieved significant legal victories with the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, Plyler v. Doe. The Court struck down a Texas law that allowed districts to charge tuition to children of undocumented immigrant parents. MALDEF’s victory opened school doors to all students equally. In 2006, the U.S. Supreme Court heard seven challenges to a Texas Congressional redistricting plan. Only MALDEF’s prevailed. The New York Times described it as “the most important voting rights case of the decade, rejecting the statewide gerrymandering claim brought by…other plaintiffs while accepting the Voting Rights Act challenge in Southwestern Texas, brought by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.” The case resulted in new lines drawn for the 23rd Congressional District and a special election (where a MALDEF suit opened the polls early)
resulting in the Latino community having the opportunity to elect its candidate of choice to Congress.

National Immigration Law Center

Established in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is one of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants.

At NILC, we believe that all people who live in the U.S.—regardless of their race, gender, immigration and/or economic status—should have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. Over the years, we’ve been at the forefront of many of the country’s greatest challenges when it comes to immigration issues, and play a major leadership role in addressing the real-life impact of polices that affect the ability of low-income immigrants to prosper and thrive.

National Immigrant Justice Center
208 S. La Salle, Suite #1818, Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 660-1370 •

Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) is dedicated to ensuring human rights protections and access to justice for all immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers.

NIJC provides direct legal services to and advocates for these populations through policy reform, impact litigation, and public education. Since its founding three decades ago, NIJC has been unique in blending individual client advocacy with broadbased systemic change.

United African Organization
3424 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60616

United African Organization is a dynamic coalition of African community-based organizations that promote social and economic justice, civic participation, and empowerment of African immigrants and refugees in Illinois. UAO advocates on behalf of the African community through democratic and inclusive organizational structures, as well as partnership with other immigrant rights organizations. They engage in activities that promote the cultural, educational and economic empowerment of African immigrants and refugees and strive to dispel uncomplimentary stereotypes and promote positive image of Africans through various educational seminars, workshops, conferences, and publications.

UAO addresses issues of discrimination encountered by constituents and seeks to assist them in the areas of immigration, employment, social services, and economic development. They promote the teaching of African history and culture and, in doing so, develop and preserve them by all possible means.