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Puertas Cerradas: Housing Barriers for Hispanics

National Council of La Raza and the Equal Rights Center, (July 19, 2013)

Issue: Housing
Publication Type: Research Report

The fair housing investigation—commissioned by NCLR and conducted by ERC in Birmingham, Alabama; Atlanta, Georgia; and San Antonio, Texas—explores the extent to which Latinos are subject to adverse and differential treatment when trying to secure rental housing or buy a home. The investigation utilized a “matched pair” methodology, where Hispanic and White non-Hispanic testers with virtually identical profiles interacted with housing agents in a variety of scenarios. The results revealed that Latino testers experienced at least one type of adverse, differential treatment in 95 of the 225 tests (42%) that were conducted in these three cities. Read More

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2012 KIDS COUNT – Puerto Rico Data Book

NCLR, (June 24, 2013)

Issue: Children and Youth, Children’s Data Book, Children’s Research, KIDS COUNT – Puerto Rico
Publication Type: Statistical Brief

The "2012 KIDS COUNT – Puerto Rico Data Book" is an effort to collect and analyze child-focused data every year with the purpose of improving the well-being of Puerto Rico’s youth. It provides statistical information on the conditions of children in Puerto Rico and in each of its 78 municipalities. The data presented in this book were obtained from the Puerto Rico Department of Health, Mothers, Children, and Adolescents Division, and the U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, and Population Division. Read More

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2011 KIDS COUNT – Puerto Rico Data Book

Nayda River-Hernández and Verónica Andino-Ortiz, (June 24, 2013)

Issue: Children and Youth, Children’s Data Book, Children’s Research, KIDS COUNT – Puerto Rico
Publication Type: Statistical Brief

The "2011 KIDS COUNT – Puerto Rico Data Book" is an effort to collect and analyze child-focused data every year with the purpose of improving the well-being of Puerto Rico’s youth. It provides statistical information on the conditions of children in Puerto Rico and in each of its 78 municipalities. The data presented in this book were obtained from the Puerto Rico Department of Health, Mothers, Children, and Adolescents Division, and the U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, and Population Division. Read More

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Latino Financial Access and Inclusion in California

NCLR, (June 4, 2013)

Issue: Wealth-Building
Publication Type: Research Report

This report is based on a financial survey of Latinos in California. The report findings include use of financial products and services used by the community, experiences with financial institutions, and the use of technology in banking. Read More

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2012 NCLR Annual Report:  The Rising Latino Impact

NCLR, (April 4, 2013)

Issue: Annual Report
Publication Type: Annual Report

Though the influence of Latinos may have been news to some in 2012, NCLR’s tireless work for nearly half a century has been rooted in the community’s strength.  In its 2012 Annual Report, "The Rising Latino Impact," NCLR shows that mobilizing a community doesn’t stem from senators and presidents—it starts with neighbors, friends, and family speaking out about the issues that affect their daily lives. Read More

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Bright Green:  Five Metropolitan Areas Where the Latino Workforce and the Clean Economy Overlap

Catherine Singley and NCLR, (February 6, 2013)

Issue: Economy and Workforce, Economy and Employment
Publication Type: Research Report

The growth of the Latino workforce and the push toward environmental sustainability will both define the future of the American economy. This report compares the occupational and educational profiles of the Hispanic workforce and the clean economy in five metropolitan areas to gauge the degree to which Latinos are participating in the clean economy. It offers early clues about policy interventions that could better align the fastest-growing segment of the labor force with some of the fastest-growing sectors of the economy. Read More

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Dual Language Learner Teacher Competencies (DLLTC) Report

Alliance for A Better Community in collaboration with NCLR, (December 18, 2012)

Issue: Education, Children and Youth
Publication Type: Research Report

As the dual language learner (DLL) population increases, teachers with and without knowledge of a child’s first language and culture are faced with how best to effectively interact with and educate a rapidly growing segment of the child population.  Teachers’ knowledge of first- and second-language acquisition, the role of culture in learning, and, very importantly, the role of language for a child’s healthy socioemotional functioning are key components influencing teacher behavior.  How effective teachers are with dual language learners has enormous implications not only for the educational progression of dual language children, but also for the broader economic well-being of... Read More

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Now Hiring?  Latinos and the Job Creation Policies in the South Atlantic

Alicia Criado and NCLR, (October 22, 2012)

Issue: Economy and Employment
Publication Type: Research Report

The purpose of this report is to examine the implications of South Atlantic state job creation policies on Latino workers’ ability to obtain employment in the region. Read More

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Comer Bien:  The Challenges of Nourishing Latino Children and Families

Kara Ryan, (July 8, 2011)

Issue: Health, Comer Bien, Health and Nutrition, Children and Youth
Publication Type: Research Report

Latino families, like millions of others across the United States, do their best to put nutritious food on their tables every day, but the healthiest foods are too often unaffordable or inaccessible.  Many Americans struggle to buy enough food for everyone in the family, and sometimes that means choosing cheaper food that is filling, but less nutritious.  Access to healthy foods is often at the crux of child hunger and childhood obesity—both problems that plague the Latino community.  About 38% of Latino children are considered to be overweight or obese, giving Latinos some of the highest child obesity rates in... Read More

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We Needed the Work:  Latino Worker Voices in the New Economy

NCLR, (May 24, 2011)

Issue: Economy and Employment, Economy and Workforce, Occupational Safety and Health, Wages and Income
Publication Type: Research Report

This publication is a collection of stories told to NCLR researchers by Latinos working in low-wage jobs throughout metropolitan Washington, DC.  They illustrate the vulnerability and lack of recourse for workers in the low-wage, low-skill labor market where violations of labor laws and health and safety standards are widespread.  To strengthen our current and future workforce, citizens and voters should heed these stories and call on their leaders to restore dignity and respect for the millions of American workers who are the foundation of our economy. Read More

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