Notes from the Field

The Power of Us: A Latino Policy Resource for the 118th Congress

The Power of Us: A Latino Policy Resource for the 118th Congress” is a resource for policymakers and advocates to better understand the critical policies that, if enacted, would meaningfully improve the lives of our nation’s 62 million Latinos. It serves as a critical reference tool for those who aim to become familiar with UnidosUS policy experts and their expertise, Latino-centered policy research, and legislation that would advance equity and inclusion for the Hispanic community. Reading the publication, you learn culturally relevant programs that UnidosUS works on with its nearly 300 Affiliates across the country, including the Esperanza Hope For All campaign that has helped millions of Latinos get vaccinated, and collaborative efforts that helped lift 1.4 million Latino children out of poverty through the expanded fully refundable Child Tax Credit in 2021.

The resource describes UnidosUS’s advocacy in key states where the Latino population is high and growing, including Arizona, California, Florida, and Texas. These states are focal points for the Latino community and can be incubators for innovative policy and program solutions. It also highlights victories in voter engagement, including registering nearly one million Hispanic voters, including more than 42,000 in the recent midterm elections. In addition, it includes recent public opinion research on Latino voter perspectives, including a midterms national poll, eight state-based polls, and an election eve poll, which have informed the media and policymakers about our community’s priorities.

Finally, the resource highlights the policy work led by UnidosUS teams of experts across critical areas: economic empowerment, civil rights, education, health, immigration, and housing. Throughout this document, you will find links to UnidosUS’s latest publications, analyses, and blogs, which provide many of the policy solutions that will be needed to improve the lives and prospects of Latino workers, families, and their children.


About UnidosUS

UnidosUS is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that serves as the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Since 1968, we have challenged the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos through our unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico. We believe in an America where economic, political, and social progress is a reality for all Latinos, and we collaborate across communities to achieve it.

The UnidosUS Policy and Advocacy component is a leading think tank focusing on issues relevant to the Latino community. Through research, policy analysis, advocacy efforts, civic engagement, and campaigns, it defines a rigorous policy agenda that includes stances on immigration, education, health, employment and the economy, and housing. This component aligns federal work with state-level advocacy and provides support and expertise to state and local leaders in implementing Latino-focused policy.