Originally formed in the 1980s under the auspices of the Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces, Colonias Development Council or CDC became an independent 501 (c) (3) organization in 1996. We work to empower residents of the colonias of southern New Mexico with the knowledge and resources they need to make the changes they wish to see within their community. We proudly continue our long history of addressing the farm workers in the area of labor, immigration, housing, education and health.
For many indigenous communities, Turtle Island is a symbol of an Americas made up of immigrants from close and far who find ourselves in one place. Just as turtles move slowly, so too does change. We may not see the change in our lifetime, but we have hope that the nextgeneration will take it on and continue the forward momentum of progress.
in Doña Ana County
where we have a presence
Vado Salem Anthony
The CDC works almost exclusively in colonia-designated communities. Colonia communities are unincorporated settlements along the U.S. - Mexico border that lack basic infrastructure. They tend to be geographically isolated neighborhoods that must rely on informal social networks to access information regarding educational programs, health and social services.