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Beyond the Ballot: Latino Political Participation in Washington State

We investigated the political participation of Latinos in five Washington State locales: the Tri-Cities, Yakima, Walla Walla, Seattle, and Vancouver.  Specifically, we identified and explored the main factors that either discourage or facilitate political participation among Washington’s Latinos, and what policies, laws, and grassroots actions can be effectuated to encourage higher levels of Latino political […]

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Unequal Opportunity: Latinos and Local Political Representation in Washington State

This report examines the level of Latino local political representation in the ten counties of Washington State with the highest percentage Latino populations: Adams, Benton, Chelan, Douglas, Franklin, Grant, Okanogan, Skagit, Walla Walla, and Yakima. In particular, it is meant to build on previous research that found that Latinos were underrepresented on school boards and […]

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Building Bridges: Latino Political Mobilization in Pasco, WA

This report specifically addresses the role of the local political environment and nonpartisan advocacy organizations in shaping Latino political and civic participation in Pasco. The central questions of my study ask: How does the political environment, as shaped by local political parties, interact with Latino mobilization efforts? What kinds of strategies have developed in reaction […]

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The Latino Electoral Experience in a Small City: Twenty Years of Latino Non-Success in City Council Elections in Pasco, Washington

My research investigates the potential causes of the persistent nonsuccess of Latino political candidates in Pasco, Washington’s city council elections. Latinos comprise a majority of the city’s population, yet the city council has no Latino members, and Latino candidates running for the council have met with repeated disappointment in elections. Methods: I began my investigation by […]

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An Analysis of the Barriers Latina Immigrants Face in Washington’s Domestic Violence Response Network

This project examines the experiences of Latina immigrants suffering from domestic violence. How can Washington state improve its domestic violence response network for Latina immigrants? Methods: In order to carry out a comprehensive report the voices of survivors must be included on top of the reports and findings I used from state agencies, social service […]

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