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White Paper

Integrando Nuestra Visión: HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment

NCLR/CSULB Center, (April 17, 2014)

Issue: Health
Publication Type: Research Report, White Paper

The goals of this white paper are to: 1) theorize about the multilevel causes and contexts of HIV/AIDS in Latino communities; 2) use national HIV surveillance data to describe the breadth and depth of the pandemic, particularly now that all fifty states are included in the national HIV/AIDS surveillance database; 3) provide a selective review and critique of state-of-the-art prevention and treatment research through a Latino lens that promotes cutting-edge work that integrates community and family systems, cultural capital, creativity, resilience, and other cultural assets into our nation’s HIV/AIDS research paradigm; and 4) provide a series of recommendations ranging from... Read More

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Cutting a Lifeline: How the Chained CPI Proposal Will Affect Hispanic Seniors

Leticia Miranda, (December 13, 2013)

Issue: Social Security
Publication Type: White Paper

In July 2013, the House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security released draft legislation which would a) reduce Social Security benefits by changing the measurement of inflation to the Chained Consumer Price Index (chained CPI) and b) lessen the adverse impact of this change by providing a small increase to beneficiaries with long-term eligibility or advanced age. Here is the NCLR's analysis of the impact of this proposal on Hispanic seniors. Read More

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¿A Dónde Vamos? Latino Community Involvement in HIV/AIDS Prevention

Dr. Britt Rios-Ellis et al., (December 2, 2011)

Issue: Health
Publication Type: Research Report, White Paper

"¿A Dónde Vamos?:  Directions for Culturally Relevant Latino Community Involvement in HIV/AIDS Prevention and Services Research," a report produced by the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), provides an extensive analysis of the growing HIV/AIDS crisis among Latino subgroups in the U.S., incorporating existing literature, findings from numerous community-based organizations, and data collected from government agencies.  Furthermore, it offers a contextual understanding of the Hispanic HIV/AIDS crisis that includes social, cultural, and structural-environmental factors.  The report concludes with recommendations for the prevention and treatment of HIV and AIDS through contextualized community-based participatory research and service provision in partnership with the... Read More

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Reauthorizing the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act: The Impact on Latino Youth

Marguerite Moeller and NCLR, (February 3, 2011)

Issue: Juvenile Justice, Civil Rights and Justice, Children and Youth, Juvenile & Criminal Justice
Publication Type: White Paper

This paper analyzes the impact on Latino youth of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, the primary law guiding federal juvenile justice policy. Latino youth would substantially benefit from reforms to the law in a number of key issue areas, including disproportionate minority contact, youth in adult jails, community-based delinquency prevention and alternative to detention services, and evidence-based practices. This paper provides recommendations for a reauthorization of the law that takes a rational approach to juvenile justice and strengthens the well-being of Latino youth. Read More

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Ailing Federal Investments in Latino Health Prioritites

Marisabel Torres and NCLR, (January 30, 2009)

Issue: Health
Publication Type: White Paper

This paper documents issues and trends in federal investments in health care programs affecting Latinos in the United States. It highlights policy measures that would assist in connecting the millions of uninsured Latinos living in the U.S. with quality, affordable health care. Read More

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After Stimulus:  Sustainable Economic Security for Latinos

Catherine Singley and NCLR, (March 4, 2008)

Issue: Economy and Workforce, Economy and Employment, Federal Recovery
Publication Type: White Paper

While the economic stimulus demonstrated Congress's willingness to work in a bipartisan manner, the final bill did not guarantee economic stability for most Americans.  This white paper examins how Latinos in particular will struggle to maintain economic security following the stimulus. Read More

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Redefining HIV/AIDS for Latinos

Britt Rios-Ellis, Ph.D., (October 19, 2006)

Issue: Health and Nutrition, Health Care Disparities
Publication Type: Research Report, White Paper

Within the context of the changing demographics of HIV/AIDS among Latinos and an evolving national strategy to address the disease, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) conducted an extensive qualitative needs assessment of HIV-positive and high-risk Latinos at 14 sites in the U.S., including Puerto Rico.  This white paper combines findings from the NCLR Latino Families HIV/AIDS Needs Assessment, academic research presented during the Latinas and HIV/AIDS Summit in 2005, findings from the working groups at the Summit, and a review of the existing literature to outline a proposed new strategy designed to reduce the incidence and improve treatment... Read More

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Welfare Reform 2002:  Ensuring Fair Treatment and Equal Opportunity in TANF

Sean Thomas-Breitfeld, (September 6, 2002)

Issue: Economy and Employment, Civil Rights and Justice
Publication Type: White Paper

This paper brings some much needed attention to ensuring fair treatment in TANF, highlights key civil rights measures, and calls on lawmakers to promote equal opportunity for Latino families Read More

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Analysis of President’s FY 2007 Budget Plan

José Quiñonez, (September 20, 2006)

Issue:
Publication Type: White Paper

In early February 2006 President Bush proposed a $2.7 trillion spending plan for fiscal year (FY) 2007.  NCLR prepared a comprehensive analysis of the Administration’s budget plan as a foundation for further examination of congressional efforts. Read More

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Domestic Workers Working Hard to Sustain American Families, Compromising Their Social Security

Luisa Grillo-Chope and Carlos Ramos, (August 31, 2006)

Issue: Economy and Workforce, Economy and Employment, Wages and Income, Social Security
Publication Type: White Paper

To respond to Latino worker concerns with social insurance, policymakers must consider how attachment to the workforce occurs and address the issues of less access, lower participation levels, and the resulting proportionately lower benefits in any discussion of Social Security reform.  The limits of current social insurance and benefit adequacy must be improved in a way that assists workers most effectively to improve Social Security and retirement security overall. Read More

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Undercutting the American Dream:  Estate Tax Repeal Would Harm Latinos

Eric Rodriguez and Luisa Grillo-Chope, (April 20, 2006)

Issue:
Publication Type: White Paper

The budgetary landscape notwithstanding, lawmakers continue to consider options to reform or repeal the estate tax.  The outcome of this debate could have far-reaching implications for the nation’s Latinos.  As the fastest-growing demographic and a growing share of the nation’s workers, Latinos have a major stake in federal tax policy debates.  Accordingly, this white paper provides background information on the estate tax, provides the Latino perspective on efforts to repeal the tax, and suggests a course of action for lawmakers. Read More

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In the Eye of the Storm: How the Government and Private Response to Hurricane Katrina Failed Latinos

Brenda Muñiz, (February 28, 2006)

Issue: Emergency Preparedness, Occupational Safety & Health
Publication Type: White Paper

The purpose of this white paper is to explore the failure of public and private agencies to respond adequately to changing demographics and how this particularly affected their ability to serve Latinos in the post-Katrina relief and recovery effort.  Specifically, the report analyzes how Congress, the Administration, key government agencies, and the American Red Cross hindered and many times prevented Latino evacuees from receiving necessary relief services. Read More

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Financial Counseling:  A Meaningful Strategy for Building Wealth in the Latino Community

Beatriz Ibarra, (December 15, 2005)

Issue: Financial Counseling, Wealth Building
Publication Type: White Paper

This white paper provides an overview of national efforts to increase financial literacy among the U.S. population and specifically examines financial education initiatives and legislation that target low-income families.  The paper also explores the important role that financial advisors or counselors play in transmitting critical information on personal finance and how such services can reach low-income families more effectively.  Finally, the paper examines challenges in accessing certified financial counselors for low-income families and includes policy recommendations for creating a financial counseling infrastructure at the community level. Read More

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Reforming the Remittance Transfer Market

Beatriz Ibarra, (May 11, 2005)

Issue: Wealth Building
Publication Type: White Paper

This paper provides background on remitting behavior among Latinos, examines issues affecting Latinos’ access to remittance products, and provides recommendations for improving the remittance transfer market. Read More

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Head Start Reauthorization:  Enhancing School Readiness for Hispanic Children

Miriam E. Calderon, (May 18, 2005)

Issue: Education, Early Childhood Education, Head Start
Publication Type: White Paper

NCLR has prepared this white paper which discusses challenges for Latino, limited-English-proficient, and farmworker* children; examines key provisions of recent U.S. House and Senate legislative proposals that address Latino priorities; and provides policy recommendations for Head Start reauthorization. Read More

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Analysis of President’s FY 2006 Budget Plan

José Quiñonez, (March 10, 2005)

Issue:
Publication Type: White Paper

In early February 2005 President Bush proposed a $2.57 trillion spending plan for fiscal year 2006.  The president’s plan would fundamentally reorder national priorities.  NCLR prepared a comprehensive analysis of the administration’s budget plan as a foundation for further examination of congressional efforts Read More

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Analysis of President’s FY 2003 Budget Plan

Deirdre Martinez, (March 4, 2002)

Issue:
Publication Type: White Paper

This paper offers an analysis—department by department—of the proposed FY 2003 budget from a Hispanic perspective.  The sections highlight departments and specific program areas that are important to Latinos, provide an overall analysis of the administration’s budget priorities, and offer policy recommendations for the administration and Congress. Read More

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Transportation Equity Act Reauthorization

Eric Rodriguez and Patti Goerman, (May 29, 2004)

Issue: Policy and Legislation, Economy and Employment
Publication Type: White Paper

Though not commonly viewed as a “Latino” issue, federal transportation policies have enormous implications for Hispanic workers and for the neighborhoods where they reside.  Like other Americans, Latinos care about living in safe and healthy communities and getting a chance to find good paying jobs; ends that can be accomplished through the development and enforcement of effective federal transportation policies.  This paper brings attention to key policy issues for Latinos in TEA-21 reauthorization, and points lawmakers to areas of the legislation that can produce meaningful results for the Hispanic community. Read More

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Welfare Reform 2002:  Helping Latino Families Move from Welfare to Work

Sean Thomas-Breitfeld and Eric Rodriguez, (January 28, 2002)

Issue: Economy and Employment, Policy and Legislation
Publication Type: White Paper

This year, the United States Congress will work to pass legislation reauthorizing the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant, the primary cash assistance program for poor families and children.  Although some may prefer that TANF reauthorization simply extend the funding period with all the current provisions until our nation recovers from its economic downturn, many members of Congress will strive to make several changes to the TANF program.  As proposals for reforming the TANF program develop, the debate over TANF reauthorization must focus on developing measures that best meet the increasingly complex and multifaceted needs of America’s poor... Read More

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Moving Toward an Immigrant Integration Agenda

Clarissa Martinez De Castro, (November 28, 2001)

Issue: Immigrant Integration, Policy and Legislation
Publication Type: White Paper

This paper contains brief snapshots of the current situation, the campaign to "Fix '96,' and the pending discussion on legalization create some opportunities for federal, state, and local governments to explore policies that maximize the contributions of immigrants in a framework respectful of civil rights and constitutional foundations. Read More

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