*Seguido en Español

February 25, 2015 
Contact: Carla Castedo (775) 342-7612    




DENVER,CO -- With Congress threatening to block funding for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and a Texas federal district court judge blocking relief for millions of immigrant families, Mi Familia Vota EF, immigration advocates and families will hold a press conference Thursday to call for an end to destructive anti-immigration politics.

The DHS funding runs out on Friday, and the administration is appealing the Texas court’s decision to temporarily block the expansion of the successful DACA program and the new DAPA program for parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs)

Children of potential DAPA recipients, veteran of the Armed Forces, pro-immigrant rights advocates and faith leaders will be available to discuss how the delays are affecting their families and their communities. 

While the politically-inspired lawsuit and the congressional debates go on, immigration advocates are continuing to prepare would-be applicants for DACA expansion and DAPA, urging possible applicants to get their documents ready, in order to apply when the programs eventually get underway.


WHO: Mi Familia Vota, SEIU Local 105, Together Colorado, Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC), 9to5, a DAPA Recipient, U.S Armed Forces veteran Ricardo Martinez, a faith leader. Also available for interviews are U.S. citizens whose parents could benefit from DAPA: Frank Melendez, 19; Samantha Fierro, 11; Cynthia Ricalday, 14.

WHEN: Thursday February 26, at 3pm.

WHERE: The Justice for All center, 2525 E. Alameda Ave. Denver CO 80219

For more information go to Follow us on @MiFamiliaVota and @MifamiliavotaCO


Febrero 25, 2015 
Contacto: Carla Castedo (775) 342-7612




DENVER, CO - Con un Congreso que amenaza con bloquear los fondos para el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional (DHS) y el juez federal de Texas que ha bloqueado el alivio para millones de familias inmigrantes, Mi Familia Vota EF, defensores de los inmigrantes y sus familias, darán una conferencia de prensa este Jueves para pedir fin a la política que separa a las familias inmigrantes.

La financiación del departamento de Seguridad Nacional (DHS) se agotara el viernes, y el gobierno está apelando la decisión de la corte de Texas para bloquear temporalmente la expansión del programa ya exitoso de DACA y el nuevo programa DAPA para padres de ciudadanos estadounidenses y residentes permanentes legales (LPR por sus cifras en Ingles).

Los hijos de los potenciales beneficiarios de DAPA, un veterano de las Fuerzas Armadas, defensores de derechos a favor de los inmigrantes y líderes religiosos estarán disponibles para discutir cómo los retrasos están afectando a sus familias y sus comunidades.

Mientras que la demanda y los debates en el Congreso continúan, defensores de los inmigrantes siguen preparando a los posibles solicitantes de expansión DACA y DAPA, alentando a que la comunidad tenga sus documentos listos, con el fin de aplicar cuando los programas consigan finalmente estar en marcha.

QUÉ: Disponibilidad para medios de comunicación 

QUIEN: Mi Familia Vota, SEIU Local 105, Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC), 9to5, Together Colorado, un beneficiario de DAPA, un veterano de las fuerzas Armadas de América Ricardo Martínez, un líder religioso. También habrá disponibilidad para entrevistar a ciudadanos estadounidenses cuyos padres podrían beneficiarse del DAPA: Frank Meléndez, 19; Samantha Fierro, 11; Cynthia Ricalday, 14.

CUÁNDO: Jueves, 26 de febrero, a las 3PM.

DÓNDE: Justice for All Center, 2525 E. Alameda Ave. Denver CO 80219

Para obtener más información, vaya a Síguenos en  @MiFamiliaVota @MiFamiliaVotaCO



Mi Familia Vota Thanks U.S. Mayors for Joining Legal Defense of President Obama’s Immigration Initiatives

For Immediate Release

Jan. 28, 2015

Contact: Felipe Benitez 202-215-9664


Mi Familia Vota Thanks U.S. Mayors for Joining Legal Defense of President Obama’s Immigration Initiatives 

WASHINGTON, DC -- Mayors of 33 U.S. cities, including the five largest, the National League of Cities and U.S. Conference of Mayors submitted to a federal court in Texas today a legal brief outlining why President Obama’s administrative relief on immigration should be allowed to proceed.

The amicus curiae (“friend-of-the-court”) brief, highlights how the executive action initiatives are good for their cities’ economies, keep families together for the well-being of the communities, and help law enforcement’s public safety efforts.

The following is a statement by Mi Familia Vota Executive Director Ben Monterroso:

“Mi Familia Vota thanks the mayors for courageously stepping forward in this important legal fight to protect their communities, their immigrant constituents, and the president’s immigration initiatives.

“Mayors deal every day with issues that directly affect their constituents, including protecting the economy and keeping their communities safe. We can trust their judgment on what’s best for their cities and their growing immigrant populations.

“The conservative states that have filed the lawsuit in Texas to block the executive action on immigration are playing the worst, divisive politics. We believe that at the end of the day, the lawsuit will be shown to be without merit and we will win this latest attack against immigrants.

“In the meantime, we urge our community to learn more about the programs and sign up if you might qualify for deferred action on deportation. We also encourage you to call City Hall, if your city signed on to the court filing, and congratulate your mayor for showing real leadership in immigration.”

Denver Mayor Hancock is among the 28 mayors signing the amicus brief. “We are thrilled to see that Mayor Hancock has added his support to the President’s recent executive action on immigration. The city of Denver acknowledges its diversity and the fact that this administrative relief will benefit the community economically and will help families prosper. Mayors across Colorado ought to follow on Mayor Hancock’s leadership and also sign on this amicus brief,” said Carla Castedo, Colorado State Director for Mi Familia Vota Education Fund.

For more information on the DAPA and DACA or to find an informational event near you please visit



Mi Familia Vota Education Fund Helps Grow Voter Momentum in Final Week Before Nov. 4 Election

For Immediate Release

October 27, 2014

Contact: Carla Castedo,, (775) 342-7612


Mi Familia Vota Education Fund Helps Grow Voter Momentum in Final Week Before Nov. 4 Election

Latino Voters Can Influence Outcome of Key Races When They Vote 

Denver -- Latino voters across Colorado are being reminded to return their ballots before Election Day, with Latinos poised to influence the outcomes of key races in the state, said Carla Castedo, the Colorado state director for Mi Familia Vota Education Fund (MFVEF).

“With paid media ads by the candidates in full force, we are reminding Latino voters to mail in their ballots and prove the power of the Latino vote in Colorado,” Castedo said. “We have knocked on tens of thousands of doors through our voter registration and get-out-the-vote campaigns in our state, and we are counting on those personal contacts to drive up the Latino voter turnout.”

Leading up to the last week before Election Day, MFVEF canvassers will be knocking on hundreds of doors and have meaningful one-on-one conversations with Latino voters about what is at stake for the community. Along with door knocking, volunteers will join phone banks to call Latino voters and encourage them to turn in their ballots. MFVEF also is taking its message to the media to ensure voters have all the resources and information necessary to cast a ballot.

The national news media has camped out in Colorado because it recognizes what Colorado vote advocates already know: the ground game is what matters.

“In a state where polls show tight races, the Latino community has gotten the message that voting really does matter, and that only by voting, can we voice what is important for our families, our community and our future,” Castedo added.

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Job Alert: Voter Engagement Canvass Lead in Colorado

Mi Familia Vota Education Fund (MFVEF) is a national non-profit organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through increased civic participation. We do this by:

  • Expanding the electorate through direct, sustainable citizenship, voter registration, census education, GOTV and issue organizing in key states
  • Forming and supporting key alliances at national, state and local levels to increase civic engagement; providing technical assistance and support to other organizations
  • Increasing public support for full civic participation in the Latino Communities.

Canvass Lead Job Description:

Responsible for managing daily canvassing operations in communities with a team of 4

canvassers or more with the goal of encouraging Latinos to register to vote, participate in the 2012 elections and encourage family members to vote. You will be expected to recruit, train and motivate your canvass team and provide the proper reporting to the State Director or its designee.


•    Direct and supervise canvass team during the performance of their daily responsibilities, as far as but not limited to: 

  • Canvass Latino communities in the County.
  • Engage community members and voters around Voter Registration, Voter Education, Vote by Mail and Get Out To Vote.
  • Identify likely voters for the November 2012 elections.
  • Increase Latino voter turnout through Get-Out-The-Vote tactics.
  • Review canvassing report and enter results into a database. 

•   Cutting turf for daily door-to-door activities for their team (4 canvassers or more).

•   Submitting nightly reports of doors knocked; contacts and commitment cards.

•   Confirming Staff Daily.

•   Finish Tally Reports from previous night (weekly report updates).

•   Welcome staffers and office set-up prior to staff arrival.

•   Debrief with individual canvassers on daily basis.

•   Organize literature and clipboards.



•   Some Campaign Field Experience.

•   Experience using VAN.

•   Knowledge of Microsoft Word & Excel.

•   Bilingual – Conversational in both English and Spanish.

•   Legible penmanship.

•   Complying with the required reporting process to be submitted to State Director.

•   Reliable transportation.



•   $500 per week.

•   $300 per month (Gas expenses)

•   $40 per month (Cellphone)

Contact: Civic Engagement Coordinator, Salvador Hernandez at or by phone at (702) 353-8979 


*MFV is and equal opportunity employer and does not tolerate any form of unlawful discrimination, sexual harassment or other types of harassment directed to an employee based on  race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability ,or any other characteristic protected under federal, state, local or any other applicable law. Each person is evaluated on the basis of personal skill and merit.


Job Alert: Voter Engagement Canvasser in Colorado

Canvasser Job Description: 

Responsible for going to targeted doors with the goal of encouraging 

Hispanics to register to vote, participate in the 2012 elections and increase engagement in the Hispanic community. You will be expected to build a relationship with the voters that you will be speaking with. Requirements include legible penmanship, able to communicate with English and Spanish speaking voters and complying with the required reporting process to be submitted to their respective Team Leaders. Compensation is $12/hour for a total of 21 hours per week. 


Project Schedule for Canvassing 

June 1 - November 4 


Who do you represent? Who do you work for? 

Mi Familia Vota Education Fund, is a National 501 (C) 3 not for profit organization established in 2002, proposes to implement and coordinate a 2014 Hispanic voter registration, voter education, and voter mobilization project in Colorado. 


Tentative Schedule – 18 - 21 Hours Per Week 

Monday – Wednesday 2:00 – 6:00 pm 

Saturday 10:30 am – 3:30 pm 

Sunday 12:00 – 4:00 pm 



Current Registered Voter / Eligible to Register to Vote 

Bilingual – Conversational in both English and Spanish 


Payroll Cycle 

Weekly – Sunday – Saturday 

Payday – Friday 


Application Contact Information 

Mi Familia Vota Education Fund – (702) 353-8979 

Email: Salvador Hernandez – Coordinator – 


Mi Familia Vota Colorado Is Hiring!

We're hiring! 

Think you have what it takes to be a canvasser? 

Send your resume to Salvador Hernandez at or apply here:



NEW REPORT: How Latino Voters are Impacting Colorado Elections and Immigration Politics

America's Voice







For Immediate Release:                                                                            Contact: Katy Green
June 25, 2014                                                                                              


NEW REPORT: How Latino Voters are Impacting Colorado Elections and Immigration Politics

Experts Discuss Data Released in New Report, Results of Gubernatorial Primary, and Role of Immigration as Mobilizing Factor for Latino Voters in Colorado

Denver, CO – Home to one of the fastest growing Latino electorates in the country, Colorado is set to steal the national spotlight in House, Senate and Gubernatorial races this November with immigration playing a key role.  How candidates on both sides of the aisle address this issue will have a huge impact on turnout and preferences of the state’s Latino voter population and, ultimately, the outcome in key races. 

Today, in the wake of Colorado’s Gubernatorial primary, experts in immigration politics, Latino issues and civic engagement analyzed last night’s primary results and discussed opportunities and challenges for both parties heading into November and beyond. 

Speakers also released a new report, conducted by Latino Decisions and commissioned by America’s Voice, that illustrates how the current immigration debate is influencing the state’s surging Latino electorate and how both parties have an opportunity to mobilize this key voting bloc.

According to Dr. Gabriel Sanchez, Director of Research, Latino Decisions and Associate Professor of Political Science, University of New Mexico, “The growth of the Latino electorate in Colorado has made the state one of the most electorally competitive in the nation, and the continued growth of Latino population will increase their influence on election outcomes well into the future. Our polling in Colorado has found that immigration policy has become a major factor driving Latino voting behavior, which helps explain the surge in Democratic support among this key segment of the electorate.”

The report highlights a multitude of ways in which Colorado’s surging Latino population in shaping politics in the state.  Among some of key findings

·       Latinos comprise 21% of Colorado’s population and 14% of the eligible electorate.  By 2040, Latinos are estimated to constitute 34% of the eligible voting population.

·       Turnout rates amongst Colorado’s registered Latinos trend higher than those in similar western states at 91%, but only 57% of the Latino electorate is actually registered to vote, with approximately 213,000 Latinos not yet incorporated in the Colorado electorate.

·       Latinos have all but abandoned the Colorado GOP.  Over the past two decades, Democrats have carried over 60% of the Latino vote in presidential elections, while Latino support for the Republican Party has been trending downwards since 2004.

·       Latino voters care deeply about immigration on a personal level—63% have friends or family members that are undocumented. In 2012, it was the second most important issue amongst Latino voters, after Economy/Jobs.

·       Lastly, 24% of Colorado Latino voters indicated they would be more inclined to support future Republican candidates if the Party advanced comprehensive immigration reform including a pathway to citizenship.  That 24-point margin is enough to determine the outcome in some of the state’s most competitive races, including Colorado’s Senate and House CD-06 races.




May 21, 2014

Contact: Lizette Escobedo, (858) 583-5014,


Carla Castedo Named Mi Familia Vota's Colorado State Director

Denver, CO – Mi Familia Vota (MFV) – a national nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing Latino civic engagement – announced that it hired Carla Castedo as its Colorado State Director.

“Our national search for the best possible candidate took us all across the country and found the perfect fit from within our own familia,” said Ben Monterroso, MFV's Executive Director. “Her experience and talent will certainly contribute to the ongoing growth of our Colorado programs as we work toward common-sense immigration reform and continue to ensure the full integration of Latinos in the political process.”

Castedo will be responsible for leading Mi Familia Vota's Colorado efforts to move common-sense immigration reform and develop strategic partnerships throughout the state to move civic engagement efforts forward.

Prior to taking on the new role, Castedo served as Mi Familia Vota’s Northern Nevada Coordinator where she helped elevate the Latino community within Nevada’s political landscape, helping lead and implement MFV’s successful Latino voter mobilization efforts.

“I am excited to lead Mi Familia Vota's efforts in Colorado. Having been a  DREAmer myself, when I came to the U.S. from Bolivia at the age of 12, I understand the struggles of our community and am deeply committed to moving the needle of Latino civic engagement. For many years I volunteered registering and turning out Latino voters even though I could not vote. I feel honored to now have the opportunity to make a difference in Colorado, my new home."

Castedo served as one of the founding members of the Latino Leaders Table in Nevada and represented Mi Familia Vota in key state civic engagement and immigration coalitions. Additionally, Castedo was a part of the MFV team that registered more than 19,000 Latino voters in Nevada, earning Mi Familia Vota the National Association of Secretaries of State Medallion Award in 2013.



“Rep. Coffman, Stop Counting Campaign Dollars and Start Counting Votes on Immigration Reform”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                     

May 16, 2014                                                                                                   

Contact: Carla Castedo, (775) 342-7612,  

“Rep. Coffman, Stop Counting Campaign Dollars and Start Counting Votes on Immigration Reform”

Immigrant Rights Leaders and Community Gathered to Protest Coffman-Boehner-Cantor Fundraiser for their Inaction on Immigration Reform 

DENVER, CO—As Representative Coffman headed to a campaign fundraiser Friday morning, dozens of community members assembled to host a demonstration at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver in an effort to call out Rep. Coffman’s inactions on commonsense immigration reform. Congressman Coffman was accompanied by Speaker of the House, John Boehner, and Majority Leader, Eric Cantor, who have both done nothing to move immigration reform.


The group that gathered outside of the event wanted to deliver a message to Congressman Coffman – Coloradans are paying close attention to this debate and our community will know the true difference between real solutions and political posturing.

Representative Coffman (CO,6) has stated his support for immigration reform, now we need him to act. We know there are enough votes in the House to pass immigration reform with a path to citizenship. We urge Republican leadership to schedule a vote now, failure to act will deny Rep. Coffman and his allies the support of Latino voters in future elections and the campaign cash raised today will not go far in the Latino and immigrant community.

“Rep. Coffman continues to voice his support for immigration reform, but when asked to join co-sponsorship of H.R.15 or to demand a vote on immigration reform from his colleagues in Congress, he has failed to translate his support into action. Instead he has voted to defund the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program that allows DREAMers to stay and work in the country legally” said Carla Castedo, Mi Familia Vota’s Colorado State Director. 

“Polls show that 74 percent of 2014 likely voters support immigration reform with an earned citizenship. This includes the 71 percent of Republican registered voters in Rep. Coffman’s District. Americans want reform, Coloradons want reform, and our community needs reform. House leadership needs to generate a legislative proposal that addresses the over 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the shadows and ensured an earned path to citizenship” Castedo added.



Mi Familia Vota Supports Enactment of Family Leave Bill in Colorado

For Immediate Release

April 28, 2014

Contact: Carla Castedo, (775) 

Mi Familia Vota Supports Enactment of Family Leave Bill in Colorado

This kind of program would help workers take care of themselves or family facing health issues without losing pay

DENVER, CO -- A bill pending in the state Legislature that would give workers and their families financial security when they need it the most, during a health care crisis, needs to be passed quickly, said Carla Castedo, state director of Mi Familia Vota in Colorado.

The Family and Medical leave Insurance (FAMLI) Act would provide partial wage replacement for workers who have worked at least 680 hours at their job in the previous year and need to help care for a family member or themselves due to a serious illness. The insurance fund proposed under the FAMLI Act, S.B. No. 14-196, would come from small contributions from workers, not employers, and let workers get 66% to 95% of their wages for up to 12 weeks.

“Sooner or later, all of us may face a health crisis in our families and we worry about how we will manage. How can we care for ourselves or a family member when we cannot afford to take time off without pay? Colorado needs to help families find solutions and reduce the burdens that come from health emergencies,” Castedo said. 

“This is a critical issue for the community that Mi Familia Vota Colorado works with. Latino Coloradans are less likely to have paid sick days or parental leave from their employers,” Castedo added. “Moms should not have to worry about losing pay that goes to food and rent when the first priority should be the care of a sick child.”

Right now, federal family leave law requires employers with 50 or more workers to provide unpaid, job-protected leave for employees to care for a newborn or newly adopted child, a seriously ill family member or themselves, if they suffer from serious health conditions. In Colorado, 3 out of 5 workers do not have access to the federal program and 88% of Coloradans have no access to paid family and medical leave. 

“The federal unpaid family leave act is helpful because it guarantees job security during the time of leave, but it is not enough, families need to continue to put food on the table and a roof over their head during that time regardless of income, that is why we need Colorado to act now,” Castedo said.