Mano a Mano recognizes that advocacy on behalf of our community is an essential strategy for accomplishing our stated vision and mission. We acknowledge that influencing public policy, decision-making processes, and public sentiment are legal and powerful ways to advance the interests of our community and our organization.
As an organization, Mano a Mano seeks to be a thought leader in the state of Illinois on immigrant integration programming and policies. We recognize that advocacy is not only limited to influencing legislation and policy but also includes: building community awareness; educating the community and decision-makers; and elevating the voices of immigrant families in all forums.
We are part of state coalitions that continue to make Illinois the most welcoming state in the nation. We are a member organization of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) and Healthy Illinois Campaign,