Founded in 1975, the Westchester Hispanic Coalition’s (WHC) mission is to empower the Latino community through culturally competent programs designed to advance the rights of the community, to advocate for effective integration policies, and to advance immigrant rights through strategic alliances and campaigns. WHC is a private, not-for-profit organization, and the oldest culturally specific organization in the county serving the Latino community. WHC is also the oldest non-profit provider of immigration legal services in Westchester County.
The Westchester Hispanic Coalition is dedicated to the notion that the American Dream is attainable through hard work and a level playing field. We stand for American values: a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work, education as the pathway to success, and a life free from violence and fear. Our services are designed to help immigrants obtain and keep legal status, ensure fair employment and housing practices, and provide access to education and health care.
WHC was initially created to address the gap in the service delivery system to the Latino community in Westchester County. Our agency continues to be the entryway and clearinghouse for accessing services that increase the stability and self-sufficiency of the community. Programs at the WHC are designed to provide culturally and linguistically competent services to the Latino population including new immigrants, the Limited English Proficiency (LEP) community, and more established residents.
The multicultural staff of 10 persons at WHC is fully bilingual and bicultural, 8 of our staff members have had experience with migration and mirror the major Latino immigrant groups in Westchester including Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Peru, Mexico, and Venezuela.