Compañeros: Four Corners Immigrant Resource Center (FCIRC).
Compañeros: FCIRC is a non-profit organization with the purpose of protecting and expanding Latino and immigrant rights and dignity in Southwest Colorado.
Our History: Founded in 1999 as a community response to the Immigration and Naturalization Service plan to open a deportation center in Durango, Colorado. Founding members led a grassroots campaign to protest building while aligning with the Durango City Council to publicly denounce the facility. After a successful outcome, Compañeros became a formal program under the fiscal sponsorship of San Juan Citizens Alliance, a social and environmental justice organization. In August of 2012, we filed to become an independent 501c3 non-profit and today we are the only organization serving Latinos, immigrants, and their loved ones in Southwest Colorado.
Our Mission: To create positive social change by supporting all immigrants and their loved ones through advocacy, education, and integrative programs.
Latest offerings and events. Que les ofrece de programas y eventos!
A Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Site for Spanish speakers, call today for an appt.
Ayuda gratiz con los impuestos!! Martes y Jueves de 4-7pm en nuestra oficina. Llame al 970-375-9406 para hacer una cita.
Thanks to our volunteer, Diego, and Alpine Bank of Durango for supporting this program.
Executive Director Nicole Mosher takes advantage of an invitation to a recent Southwest Republican Women's brunch, to meet face to face with our Representative Scott Tipton. This was the second time in the past year she has pressed him for a comprehensive immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship for immigrant youth, agricultural and service industry workers, and those families who have been long time law-abiding residents in the U.S. Tipton says he's compassionate towards the youth who were brought here when they were young, but he also seems more focused on border security than creating a policy directly dealing with the millions of undocumented people already on this side of the border. Without fast and active effort on the part of the House of Representatives, the problems of immigration will only get worse. You've heard it before, this country was founded by immigrants and simply because of that, it will continue to be a desired destination for future immigrants. No other outside race can claim historical roots in this country or any of the Americas earlier than the native peoples, so regardless of your political or social beliefs, background or heritage, you must remember to be humble as you too (your ancestors) started out as a guest in this foreign land. The best way to deal with immigration reform is to be proactive, focus on the positive, have an open dialogue, be welcoming and encourage immigrants to participate in our communities and democracy so it can be a better nation for liberty and justice for All.
Welcome to our new office! Bienvenidos a nuestra nueva oficina!
Last summer's visit by Mexican Consulate promotes Compañeros for successful fundraiser.
On July 27th we hosted a fundraising event at Sacred Heart Church in Durango while the Mexican Consulate attended to over 200 people seeking to renew passports and identification cards. Thanks to CJs Diner and Durango Joe's Coffee for donating 100 breakfast burritos and 50 cups of coffee to Compañeros so we could raise some money from the community. Thanks also to Vicente y Teresa from Chiquita's Mexican Tiendita for donating very delicious homemade horchata which was a huge hit with adults and kids alike. Compañeros raised one thousand dollars from the event proceeds and were able to spread the word of our work towards immigration reform at the local and state level as well as nationally.
Thanks to the crew of ACS who made contributions and came out to show their support.
Thanks to the crew of Advanced Concrete Solutions for your support of Compañeros!!
Talking with our Senators >>
Board President Deedee deHaro-Brown and CIRC Development Coordinator, Karen Sherman-Perez, have a good laugh with Senator Mark Udall in between serious discussion on a comprehensive immigration reform plan.