Colonias Development Council

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.

Engaging communities one person at a time

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.

Neighborhood colonias 

in Doña Ana County

where we have a presence



Del Cerro


Sunland Park



Las Palmeras

Montana Vista

Vado Salem Anthony

El Milagro

Amber Mesa


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.

To learn more about what  we do click on the links below.