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The San Luis Valley Immigrant Resource Center

About us

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The San Luis Valley Immigrant Resource Center (SLVIRC) is a unique organization and has a long history of working with immigrants. It has been an informal resource center for immigrants in the area since 1987. One of several programs created by San Luis Valley Christian Community Services, the Immigrant Assistance Program grew out of low-income immigrants' need for assistance in filling out essential applications for political asylum, amnesty, and other legal status. In February 2003, the San Luis Valley Immigrant Resource Center received 501 (c) (3) status with the Internal Revenue Service, and is currently an independent non-profit located in Alamosa, Colorado, serving the entire San Luis Valley and beyond.

SLVIRC serves a geographically remote area in south-central Colorado , which is roughly the size of Connecticut . The area is home to more than 40,000 residents and 10,000 migrant and seasonal workers. The population is almost 50% Hispanic, and there are more than 400 Q'anjob'al Mayans (Guatemalans) living in the San Luis Valley . It is one of Colorado's poorest regions, with much of the population living below the poverty level. Two of the valley's six counties are the poorest in the state and among the poorest in the nation. The majority of the clientele served is of Mexican and Guatemalan descent.

A strong attribute of the SLV Immigrant Resource Center is the diverse makeup of its Staff and Board of Directors; thus, people with a wide range of viewpoints and experiences provide direction to the organization and ensure that its programs are viable and worthwhile. The Board of Directors includes people of multiple ethnicities. This includes people native to the valley, people from states other than Colorado, and people from foreign countries.

The San Luis Valley Immigrant Resource Center is Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Accredited.

 

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Mission Statement

To connect and empower immigrants with resources to achieve legal documentation, fulfill their economic needs, and integrate into the community.

Board of Directors

Jeanne "Gigi" Darricades

Amanda Hopkins

Francisco Lucas

Patrick O'Neill

Aaron Prieto

Eva Rayas-Solis

Michelle Salazar

Nicolas Sarmiento

Mary Valerio