Headquarters Office:
2947 16th St., San Francisco, CA 94103
Tel: 415.431.7522
· Fax: 415.431.4846
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Office Hours:
8:30AM-6:30PM
Monday through Friday.

Weekends by Appointment.




ABOUT US

For over 30 years, the Instituto Laboral de la Raza has served low income families of California as a nonprofit advocacy and workers' resource center. Headquartered in the Mission District of San Francisco, the Instituto provides legal services, peer counseling, financial education and access to a network of services to the unorganized working poor. Most of our clients are unorganized working poor immigrants from Mexico, Central America and South America.

The Mission of the Instituto Laboral de la Raza is to enable the working poor to emerge from cycles of poverty that endanger themselves and the families they support. The Goal of Instituto Laboral de la Raza is to attack the root causes of systemic poverty of people from all social and ethnic backgrounds through programs that stabilize them in their communities, and to build leadership skills so that they may flourish and contribute in harmony to the economic, social and cultural enrichment of their communities.

The Instituto provides labor rights education and legal advocacy to obtain unpaid wages and their denied benefits. We work in collaboration with other neighborhood organizations to effectively manage all other critical needs for the economic, health and social welfare of these disadvantaged, disparaged families. We also have an ongoing program to produce bi-lingual financial educational workshops for adults focused on basic money management, banking and financial services.

Founded in 1982 by Jose E. Medina and community labor leaders, the Instituto, through its community unionism program, also provides workers with information to assist them to seek employment opportunities through union hiring halls as well as to provide them the means to organize in their workplaces. The Instituto Laboral de la Raza has both community activists and labor leaders that sit on our Board of Directors. Our Advisory Board includes men and women from Organized Labor, from the legal and religious community, as well as grassroots activists.

The Instituto host an annual fundraising National Labor Community Awards Summit which is the largest event of its kind in the country. We alos host an annual Green Labor-Capital Forum to promote using the power of labor's capital for growing green jobs and a sustainable economy. We use digital video and web technology to document these events, expand our reach and tell the stories of our clients, our supporters and the work we do.

Instituto Laboral de la Raza is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. We do not charge for any of our services. We are funded by donations, grants and sponsorship by unions and select businesses. Donations are tax deductible in accordance with section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.

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 The Instituto Support Group

The Instituto Support Group is organized group of talented, busy people who volunteer to advance the work, funding and health of the Instituto. Member of the group generously provide active support for the Instituto's operations and development needs. Our "members" manage specific projects. Our "volunteers" contribute to that project work. Our long-term "friends" serve as community ambassadors by actively communicating our project work and volunteer needs.

INSTITUTO LABORAL DE LA RAZA
STAFF

Sarah M. Shaker
Executive Director

Doug Haake
Legal Aid

Rosa Argentina Oates
Community Outreach


INSTITUTO LABORAL DE LA RAZA
EXECUTIVE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jaime T. Gonzalez
President

Brian McWilliams
Secretary

Rudy Gonzalez
Treasurer


INSTITUTO LABORAL DE LA RAZA
BOARD MEMBERS

Oscar De La Torre
Business Manager
Northern California District Council of Laborers (LIUNA)

John Ulrich
UFCW 5 (Ret.)

Frank Martin Del Campo
Labor Council For Latin American Advancement

Samuel Robinson
Laborers' Local 166 (LIUNA)

Freddy Sanchez
IBT & UFCW (Ret.)

Laurie Mesa
UFCW 5


INSTITUTO LABORAL DE LA RAZA
ADVISORY BOARD

Antonio Abarca
UHW West - SEIU
Donna Levitt
Office of Labor
Standards Enforcement
Robert S. Arms
Attorney
Ben Madrid
Founding Member
Donald C. Carroll
Attorney
Jose E. Medina
Founding Member
Executive Director Emeritus
Felisa Castillo
Bakers Union Local 24
Robert Morales
Teamsters Joint Council 7
Teamsters Local 350
Antonio Christian
IBT Human Rights Division
Teague Paterson
Attorney
Juan Comez
Window Cleaners Union Local 44
Rob Remar
Attorney
Ignacio De La Fuente
GMP Local 164-B
Eva Royale
D. Alberto Garcia
Attorney
Antonio Salazar-Hobson
Attorney
Celia Halsey Charles P. Scully II
Attorney
Michael Hardeman
Sign Display Local 510
Howard Wallace
SEIU local 250
Sister Kathleen Healy
PBVM
St. Teresa's Catholic Church
Sadie Williams
Founding Member
Board President Emeritus

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