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History

Since the first gathering of immigrant organizational leaders in 2004, this Alliance has promoted an agenda of justice, equity and increased quality of life for communities across the Americas. The Alliance operated for ten years under its original name, National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC), making the switch to Alianza Americas in 2015.

A ten‐year anniversary gathering in 2014 traced the first decade of achievements.

Key moments in Alianza Americas history:

2004: Alliance forms as “National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities‐ NALACC”

2006: “Keep Our Families Together Campaign” opposing deportations.

2007: First office opens in Chicago 2007: Organized the first‐ever international summit of Latin American migrant organizations, held in Michoacán, Mexico

2008: Leadership Institute launches‐‐ this highly regarded program has trained more than 300 emerging and established Latino immigrant leaders in 14 towns and cities across 10 states in the U.S. where immigrants live and work.

2009: “Somos/We Are Campaign” calls out racism and negative stereotyping of migrants and migration. Its aim is to reshape and reframe the narrative from the perspective of each individual versus the rhetoric seen and heard in the media.

2011: Wins the MacArthur Foundation Award for Creative and Effective Institutions (MACEI)

2013‐14: Delegations to Central America called the world’s attention to the violence and instability in that region that resulted in tens of thousands of children seeking asylum in the United States in 2014.

2014: “Power of the Pen” campaign presses the Obama administration to use his executive power to take administrative action on halting deportations 2014: Organizes first international conference in Chicago titled The Americas: Challenges and Opportunities Across Borders, We Rise and Fall Together.

2014‐15: “Protect Children Across Borders” campaign brings transnational approach to helping children and families fleeing violence in Central America and Mexico.