To advance the socio-economic conditions of the community at large, with emphasis on Hispanics through education, training, supportive services, leadership development and advocacy.
Founded in 1978, per the invitation of the U.S. Department of Labor, the organization opened its doors as the National Puerto Rican Forum. In 1993 it would become known as the Connecticut Puerto Rican Forum and finally in 2011, the Center for Latino Progress – CPRF as it is known today. The Center for Latino Progress is the only Latino serving organization in the state of Connecticut recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) Office of Legal Access Programs (OLAP) to provide legal, linguistically, and culturally competent services, to the growing legal permanent resident population in the area. The Center has an EOIR / OLAP Accredited Representative / legal immigration expert to serve the immigrant community.
We understand that a strong economy helps business and communities to thrive, and that supporting the people that power the economy is key. As our Latino population continues to grow, there is a great opportunity to advance together. After all, we may have a different heritage, but we are all part of the same future.
Our team collaborates with community partners to help our local Latino population achieve its full potential. We provide ESL instruction and training to help adults become workplace-ready, build leadership skills, increase financial literacy, provide civic education, empower youth through college readiness programs and career training. We seek to break their barriers with legal immigration services and guide them with multimodal transportation opportunities. We also advocate for local and national legislation that is in the best interest of our Latino community.