Three decades transforming the lives of Latino/as and immigrants through crisis intervention, cultural celebrations and advocacy
On November 12th, 1990, a group of thirty founding members organized and led the effort to form an organization that served Latino/as and immigrants by Latino/as and immigrants. Originally La Coalición began as a place for the small but growing number of Latino/as in the Charlotte metropolitan area to celebrate the diverse heritage of Latin American culture via the Latin American Festival.
From a humble cultural festival in 1990, La Coalición has grown into an organization grounded in the development of principles, programs, and polices that serve the integration and equal participation of Latino/as and new Americans. La Coalición continues its uncompromising vision to make North Carolina a state where all people can succeed.
“Throughout our history, LAC has helped to ensure that Latino/as in North Carolina thrive,” said Jose Hernandez-Paris, Executive Director of the Latin American Coalition. “Although our programs and services continue to adapt to the changing landscape, our mission to provide leadership and advocacy to achieve full and equal participation of all people has remained unchanged.”
Today in Charlotte
of local population identify
of the population are foreign-born residents
over half of who arrived after
As the Latino and immigrant population has grown, so too has La Coalición. Now, the Latin American Coalition focuses on the future by empowering Latino/as and immigrants through its social services and celebrating Latino/as in Charlotte through cultural events. Between its three main centers, La Coalición is serving over 6,000 families annually, providing a range of services including naturalization application assistance, employment services, and crisis intervention.
During the initial outbreak of COVID-19, the Latin American Coalition displayed its value to the greater community by creating a bilingual helpline to assist families affected by the physical and societal problems caused by the virus. With a recent rise of new COVID-19 cases, La Coalición remains positioned to serve the most vulnerable among us.