Compañeros promotes the acceptance of diverse cultures, languages, and people, and we welcome everyone in our organization who stands by this core principle.
We believe that any and all government entities, and society in general, should immediately stop use of the terms "illegal" or "alien" when referring to a fellow human being.
We believe in working with all groups and individuals to achieve just and humane policies for immigrants in Colorado and across the nation.
We strongly believe in serving low-income families while creating a sustainable movement to resist and abolish anti-immigrant legislation that often targets Latinos and other ethnic minorities.
We honor and respect all peoples regardless of race, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation or religious affiliation.
To create positive social change by supporting all immigrants and their loved ones through advocacy, education, and integrative programs
Inform the community about proposed legislation that affects the lives of immigrants and their loved-ones as well as allies.
Be a voice in holding local and state elected officials accountable to their constituents, particularly regarding institutional policies around racial and bias-profiling and unjust enforcement.
Work with the community to ensure a hospitable and respectful environment for everyone regardless of race or national origin, immigration status, age, gender, disability, or sexual orientation.
Promote self-sufficiency and enhance understanding of the diverse cultures represented by immigrants living in southwest Colorado.
Constantly work towards a peaceful society, free from fear, racism and discrimination.
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 2011, we filed to become an independent 501c3 non-profit and today we are one of the only area organizations serving Latinos, immigrants, and their families and allies in Southwest Colorado.