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Solidarity Partners

Solidarity Partnerships are "sister" relationships between nonprofit organizations of Latinx Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, Hard of Hearing, Late-Deafened (DDBDDHHLD) communities in the United States. California Manos del Corazón recognizes the value of partnering with national and state organizations. Solidarity Partners operate independently while pursuing a common goal of advocacy efforts for equal access to education, employment, and social services on behalf of Latinx DDBDDHLD people in the US.

Here are links to the national and state Latinx DDBDDHHLD organizations:

Council de Manos

[Logo description: Open palm hand-print in red (centered left). On the palm of the hand is the "circle of life" (spiral) symbol. Council de Manos in black beside it with “Manos” in capitals.]

Original Name: National Council of Hispano Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Established: 2005

Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico

Founder: Dr. Gilbert Delgado

Current Director: Susan Gonzalez


Illinois Deaf Latino Association

Established: 1999

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Founders: Carmen Aguilar and Juan Bernal

Current President: Richard de Villalobos


[Logo description: The geographical map of the state of Illinois with the sign for North, Central and South America in white with a white circular border. Below the sign-in white letter font “Illinois Deaf Latino Association.”]

Latino Deaf and Hard of Hearing Association of the Metropolitan DC Area

[Logo description: A circular image of Latino Deaf and Hard of Hearing Association of the Metropolitan DC Area Inc. The colors of the brim is dark orange transitioning to yellow. The title of the association is a mixture of purple and orange. Inside the circle are light-skinned hands with the sign for North, Central and South America. The thumbs touching separates 2 other images: images of the city of DC in red and white; at the left is the geographical map of Virginia with an additional logo inside the map with the letters “VA” in yellow.]

Established: 2005

Location: Washington, D.C.

Founders: Leticia Arellano, Elvia Guillermo, and Dr. Franklin C. Torres

Current President: Rose Portillo


Manos de Tejas

[Logo description: At the left is an computerized design of the state of Tejas (Texas) in the color brown with a handprint in red. The letter “M” is in the middle of the hand in the color brown. At the right is the title of “Manos de Tejas” in capitalized form. “Manos” is in red while “de Tejas” is in grey.]

Original Name: Texas Latino Council of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Established: 2004

Location: Austin, Texas

Founder: Rogelio Fernandez, Jr.

Current President:


National Hispanic Latino Association of   the Deaf

Established: 2019


Founders: Wally Barretto, Zoila Barazarte, Mayra Castro, Ryan Cuevas, Emmanuel Félix, Lisa Montalvo, Sibila Muñoz-Torres, Maria Perdomo, Rosa Portillo, Paolina Ramírez, Martin Rivas-Plata, and Danilo Torres

Current President: Paolina Ramirez


[Logo description: The spiral symbol shows red and blue.]

Raíces del Rio Grande

[Logo description: Coming soon.]

Original Name: New Mexico Hispanic Council of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing 

Established: 2012

Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico

Founder: Mark Apodaca

Current President: Joseph "JoJo" Ortega Lopez III


California Manos del Corazón recognizes student organizations of Latinx DDBDDHHLD communities at campuses. In colleges and universities, Latinx DDBDDHHLD Californians enhance their personal and leadership developments while involving student organizations. Our goal is to inspire and support excellence in Latinx DDBDDHHLD student leadership because they are future CMC leaders.


Here are links to the Latinx DDBDDHHLD student organizations:

Latin American Deaf Club

Original Name: Hispanic Deaf Club

Established: 1995

Location: National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Rochester, New York

Founders: Jamie Mariona (First President) with a small group of NTID Latinx Students

Current President: Ricardo Lara


[Logo description: A computerized image of a parrot with different colors: green wings, red body, yellow beak, and turquoise tail.]

Latinx Student Union

Original Name: Hispano Unidos en Gallaudet (HUG)

Established: 1985

Location: Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C.

Founders: Mark Morales (First President); Dr. Gilberto Delgado (Advisor); and Dr. Donalda Ammons (Advisor)

Current President: Anjel Perez


[Logo description: Four orange-colored balls placed in compass-styled positions with curved turquoise lines and the orange-colored acronym LSU for Latinx Student Union inside. The image represents the sun.]

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