Latino Community Fund of Washington Programs
La Alianza is a student-led program that serves Latino youth by providing them with opportunities to succeed educationally and develop their leadership potential through service-learning. La Alianza improves the conditions of Latino high school and college students and their communities by empowering student organizations and individuals to construct a support system based on leadership by example, community service, and educational success.
Latino Policy Summit offers an opportunity for Latinos and allies from multiple sectors to engage in timely, solutions-oriented training and planning that improves the well-being of Washington State’s Latino communities.
Latino Equity Initiative organizes and activates the voices within the Latino community to address inequities in the criminal justice system. In order to reduce the disproportionately high number of Latinos caught in the prison system, LEI is creating policy change, facilitating structural reforms within the judicial system, and building a grassroots movement that advances racial and economic equity for Latinos.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Latino Equity Initiative (LEI) testified before the Washington State Supreme Court regarding findings related to Latino youth that resulted from the Juvenile Justice Task Force. LEI organized a youth panel to share their real world stories and further inform the discussion from that perspective. LEI highlighted the issue of the lack of reliable data on Latino juveniles in the system. LEI also facilitate the report being distributed in Spanish. This is one of only a few times that an important report in this legal context has been translated by such a statewide task force. LEI will use this report and its findings to continue its media and educational work to raise public awareness of the issues of Latino youth in the criminal system.