Becoming a CIRC MemberShe says she later started to participate in the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition through the southern regional organizer and became knowledgeable on many subjects and begun to work within the committee system to help move policy priorities through the Colorado Legislature. They have also participated in Latino Advocacy Day, lobbying for state policy changes, and the Annual CIRC Member Assembly to decide policy priorities. Over the last 3 years, Lamar Unidos has helped over 250 people to get their driver’s licenses in Prowers county and has more recently begun to provide Know Your Rights trainings in case anybody has an encounter with ICE. The group has hosted Know your Rights trainings in neighboring small towns Holly, Granada, Springfield, Las Animas, Wiley and Harman in Prowers County as well as neighboring counties.
Immigrants in Prowers CountyWith a population of less than 11,000 according to latest public record in 2016, the city boasts 13% combined naturalized citizen and immigrant population. Prowers County, home to Lamar, is also home to a 35% Latino population and 12.5% combined naturalized citizen and immigrant population. Nancy says the organization helps anybody in the community to connect with whatever resources they need. They have begun to help the community do their taxes and obtaining an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), which are required for folks to qualify for the SB251 licenses. They do notary work. Lamar Unidos has also been working with the Mexican consulate to bring representatives of the Mexican consulate for the first time in 18 years to the region. Another aspect of their work is instituting the Plan to Protect the People of Colorado, which is a systematic way of preparing for emergencies in case immigrant families encounter health issues, sudden economic crises or deportation.
What is next for Lamar Unidos?In February, the previously informal group of women, was certified to become a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Nancy says the plans for the future of Lamar Unidos includes creating scholarships for undocumented folks, guiding families through the higher education system, and connecting people with the Lamar Community College. They hope to get their own spaces to be able to provide more
Day: 2nd Monday each month
Location: Lamar Community Building.
Everyone is welcome.