History

Mi Familia Vota Launches!

July 1, 2000

In July 2000, Mi Familia Vota became a non-profit organization as part of a campaign from the Organization of Los Angeles Workers (OLAW). It was initially called “Mi Familia Vota 100%” and it was built on the belief that in order to succeed, everyone has to participate – that voting…

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Mi Familia Vota Opens Offices in Pico Union and San Fernando, CA

August 1, 2000

In 2001, Mi Familia Vota expands its presence in the Los Angeles area by opening offices in the Pico Union and San Fernando Valley areas. The offices closed in 2002.

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Hello, Arizona!

July 1, 2004

After moving away from California, Mi Familia Vota found a new home in Phoenix, Arizona in July of 2004 where it has been headquartered in ever since.

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Howdy, Texas!

January 1, 2006

In 2006, Mi Familia Vota saw the need to help the Latino community in Texas and opened offices in Houston, Dallas and San Antonio.

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Echoing Through the Rocky Mountains

January 1, 2006

With presence already in 3 key Latino lstates, Mi Familia Vota decided to echo is message through the Rocky Mountains and opened up offices in Denver, Aurora and Pueblo, Colorado in 2006.

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¡Ya Es Hora!

April 4, 2006

Mi Familia Vota teamed up with the National Association of Latino Elected & Appointed Officials (NALEO), the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), Univision, Entravision, and Impremedia to launch the “Ya Es Hora” campaign, a new effort to motivate 1 million Legal Permanent Residents to become U.S. citizens.

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1.4 Million New U.S. Citizens!

September 1, 2006

The “Ya Es Hora” campaign surpasses its goal and in total helped 1.4 million people become citizens.

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Ben Monterroso Becomes Executive Director

October 1, 2006

In October 2006, long-time immigrant-rights and social justice activist Ben Monterroso becomes the full-time executive director of the organization.

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Get Out & Vote

January 1, 2007

With the presidential election fast approaching, Mi Familia Vota focused much of 2007 in its Get Out The Vote (GOTV) efforts in Arizona, Texas, Colorado and Nevada. The outcome was a turnout of 9.7 million Latinos at the polls.

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Ya Es Hora – Hágase Contar

January 1, 2009

In 2009, Mi Familia Vota brought back its successful “Ya Es Hora” campaign – with a new twist. It was now called “Ya Es Hora – Hágase Contar,” which focused on encouraging Latinos to participate in the 2010 U.S. Census.

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What Happens in Vegas….Builds More Political Power

January 1, 2010

As Nevada became a more critical and swing state, Mi Familia Vota saw the power of the growing Latino population and opened an office in Las Vegas in 2010.

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Ya Es Hora – Ve Y Vota

January 1, 2011

After the census, “Ya Es Hora” continued its momentum and came back as “Ya Es Hora – Ve Y Vota,” which encouraged the Latino community to turn out and vote in the 2o12 presidential election.

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Time to Head East

January 1, 2012

In 2012, Mi Familia Vota became a coast-to-coast operating organization when it opened offices in Orlando and Tampa, FL.

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Mi Familia Vota Returns to California

March 1, 2012

After being away for nearly a decade, Mi Familia Vota returns to its home state by opening up offices in Modesto, Fresno and Riverside/San Bernardino, California.

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93K Voter Registrations!

December 1, 2012

In 2012 was the first time Mi Familia Vota set out to have a voter registration goal which was reached when over 93K citizens registered to vote.

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Mi Familia Vota Wins NASS Medallion Award

February 2, 2013

In 2013, the National Association of Secretaries of States (NASS) awards Mi Familia Vota with the NASS Medallion for efforts enhancing civic participation within the Latino community.

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Mi Familia Vota Wins Civic Engagement Advocate of the Year Award

March 28, 2014

In March of 2014, The Nevada Hispanic Legislative Caucus recognizes Mi Famila Vota for its service to the people of Nevada and awards the organization with the Civic Engagement Advocate of the Year award.

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Recognition by Senator Harry Reid

April 11, 2014

In April of 2014, Mi Familia Vota received the Certificate of Commendation from U.S. Senator Harry Reid.

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