Gender, Families, and Latino Immigration in Oregon : Conference Proceedings
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By the year 2006, the population of the state of Oregon was over 10 percent Latino as a result of Latin American immigration, primarily from Mexico. While Latin American immigration to Oregon has been occurring since the 19th century, the growth in the Latino population has been greatest since the 1990s. Latino immigrants have settled throughout the state and make contributions in many cities and towns. Latino children were about 15 percent of the state’s population under age 18 in 2006, and Latino births were 20 percent of the total births in Oregon. At the current growth rate, the Oregon Department of Education projects that 28 percent of student enrollment in the state will be Latino by the year 2020. .......This conference was noteworthy in that the organizers used its planning as a means of reaching out to Latino communities throughout the state, a process that resulted in community leaders and advocates committed to playing an active role in this event. The key issues discussed in the panels were identified during a process of community consultation coordinated by a community advisory board. Over the previous eighteen months, the organizers conducted a series of public events that drew a diverse public including Latino immigrant students and families, immigrant rights advocates and community leaders, health care providers, human service providers, educators, participants in the justice system, academics, students, and others who work with immigrant populations.