Policy-oriented research at NCLR

The primary aim of research at NCLR is to compile an accurate picture of the Latino population in order to build a comprehensive body of knowledge and identify solutions to the many challenges facing our growing community. Over the past two decades, NCLR's Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation has documented the status and progress of Latinos on a range of issues, including education, health, employment, wealth-building, housing, and immigration. NCLR's policy-oriented and applied research has been adapted over time to respond to demographic and other changes among the Latino population, shifting social and political environments, and new issues identified by NCLR Affiliates and the larger community.

Our research areas have broadened in recent years to include new fields such as juvenile justice policy and Latino child and youth well-being. All in all, the principles, methods, and dissemination strategies guiding our research team, directed by Dr. Patricia Foxen, are designed to:

  • Support our advocacy and policy work through the use of solid, accurate data and careful analysis.
  • Represent the diversity of Latino voices and experiences in the country.
  • Effectively communicate new knowledge regarding our community to a growing body of audiences and partners.

Fast Facts

Did you know that... ....Latino youth ages 10–17 are disproportionately represented in the justice system?   The proportion of Latino youth in the justice system is higher than their share of the general population. Of the estimated 71,000 incarcerated youth…MORE

Did you know that… ...citizen children living with at least one immigrant parent are more likely than citizen children living with citizen parents to be uninsured? Children in mixed-status families are substantially more likely than children of U.S.-born citizens to…MORE

Did you know that... ...the Latino unemployment rate is nearly three percentage points higher than that of the nation overall? As of February 2010, the Latino unemployment rate stood at 12.4%, nearly three percentage points higher than the total unemployment…MORE

Did you know that... ...In 2009, 743,715 individuals became naturalized U.S. citizens? *The 2009 fiscal year includes persons naturalized between October 1 and September 30. Source: Lee, James Naturalizations in the United States:2009 (Office of Immigration Statistics, Department of Homeland…MORE

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