Colonias Development Council

Engaging communities, one person at a time.

Creating a better community for the future.

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Community TeensMission:
The mission of the Colonias Development Council is to improve the quality of life through the promotion, development and preservation of decent and affordable housing in colonia communities in southern New Mexico while creating the space for social, economic, and environmental justice initiatives.

The CDC was created in the late 1980’s by the Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces to address immigration and farmworker issues. The Farmworker Organizing Project was a direct result of the aftermath of the sweeping immigration reform under the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986. This led to work in colonias, as that is where farmworkers tended to live. CDC emerged to provide advocacy, community organizing, and capacity support for colonia residents in southern New Mexico. Colonias are unincorporated settlements along the U.S.-Mexican border that lack basic infrastructure, such as potable water, adequate housing, central wastewater systems, and/or paved roads.

Today, the CDC has expanded its reach by creating programs that impact thousands of low-income families throughout Doña Ana County and adjacent counties.

Our Current Programs:
Throughout its 27-year trajectory, the CDC has continued to develop programs that address the needs of rural, colonia residents to improve the quality of life through leadership development, advocacy, creating opportunities for civic engagement, trainings, and direct services. We have created three specific programs that address the needs of colonia communities. These are: Integrated Services for Immigrant Families (ISIF), Early Childhood Education through the Chaparral Family Development Center, and the Promotoras de Apoyo Familiar (PAF).

Colonia Communities

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.

A few kind words from people we call friends

It’s not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.

Barack Obama - USA President

Human beings have the capacity to rise to the needs that confront us.

Dr. Diana Bustamante - Executive Director CDC

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Frida Kahlo - Painter

Turtle IslandWhat’s a Turtle Island symbol?

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.