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NEW REPORT: Impact of Secure Communities on Latinos and Local Law Enforcement in Eastern Washington

How has the immigration enforcement program Secure Communities impacted Latino communities in Central and Eastern Washington State? Secure Communities increases cooperation between local jails and the federal government to identify undocumented immigrants for deportation. Implemented in Yakima, Franklin, Benton and Walla Walla counties in the summer of 2011, Secure Communities has been both supported and […]

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NEW REPORT: The History and Lessons of Latino Under-Representation in Washington State

This report examines legal and community barriers to Latino representation on city councils and school boards in ten Washington State counties. We studied three specific questions: What is the electoral history of Latino representation in Adams, Benton, Chelan, Douglas, Franklin, Grant, Okanogan, Skagit, Walla Walla and Yakima counties from 1983 – 2011? What challenges have […]

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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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Political Mobilization through the Use of Bilingual Media Resources in Yakima, Washington

This report measures and evaluates the extent to which radio and print media in the Yakima area communicate news to the Spanish-speaking Latino community. It addresses the following questions: What types of stories are being reported? How do different outlets compare with one another? How are the newsworthy interests and needs of Yakima Latinos being […]

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The Political Representation of Latinos in Washington

This report examines the political representation of Latinos on the city council of Sunnyside, Washington. What is the impact of at-large elections and racially polarized voting upon the political representation of Washington’s largest minority population? Methods: This report began by collecting census data about Washington State’s Latino populations. By compiling election returns and voter lists the […]

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Voter Turnout Among Latinos in the State of Washington

This paper focuses on voter registration and turnout among Latinos in Washington State as well as voter mobilization for Latinos. The question guiding the research is this: Among Latinos in Washington State, Yakima, and Walla Walla, who is voting, how, and why? The research has focused on gathering data on the population of the United […]

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Picking the Fruit of Knowledge: Washington Apple Farmworkers, Work, Family, and Politics

This project examines the experiences of female farm workers in Washington State’s apple industry. What are the conditions affecting Latino farm workers, particularly in Washington’s apple industry, and what can be done to alleviate such problems? Along these lines, how are these female workers’ perceptions of their experiences shaped by their objective conditions? Methods: The […]

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Voting Rights of Latinos in Yakima and Enforcement by the State

This research focuses on Latino representation in city council positions in Yakima County. Focusing on the particular characteristics of the county, I ask: Why are there low numbers of Latino registered voters? Why is there low Latino turnout? Are enough Latino candidates running for office? How do local Latino community members explain the current conditions […]

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