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  • Commission on Hispanic Affairs
    Commissioner Dr. Gallegos testifying on Ethinic Studies Bill in 2017
    The Commission on Hispanic Affairs was created by the 1983 Legislative Assembly to work for the implementation of economic, social, legal, and political equality for Hispanics in Oregon. The Commission monitors existing programs and legislation to ensure that the needs of Hispanics in Oregon are met. The Commission researches problems and issues and recommends appropriate action, maintains a liaison between the Hispanic community and government entities, and encourages Hispanic representation on state boards and commissions.
Commission on Hispanic Affairs Announcements
Welcome Note
Welcome to the official website of the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs.

The Commission has served Oregon Latinos since 1983 working towards economic, social, political and legal equality. This generation of Latinos faces some challenging times and issues that make the Commissions work important to the community and to the State of Oregon. Your participation is equally important. While much remains to be done, the Commission is steadfast in its commitment to its mission to work toward economic, social and legal equality for Oregon's Hispanic population.


The Oregon Advocacy Commissions welcome donations to promote their missions of advocacy at the policy level. Each Commission works on leadership development, advocacy and growing success for their communities in 6 key areas. These include Employment, Education, Civic Engagement, Health Access, Justice and Stable Families.

The Oregon Advocacy Commissions Office will remain open for business through telework during the COVID-19 pandemic​, and can be reached by phone and email. Our physical office is closed. Stay home. Save lives.

PRESS RELEASE: Multnomah County District Attorney's office prosecutes Hate Crime against Latina February 2020
in Spanish    in English 

Strengthening the Mental Health System for Oregon's Latino Community presentation​ for 2019 Interim Senate Mental Health Committee 

Barriers to Mental Health for Latinos in Oregon public policy research internships reports:

Barriers to Mental Health for Latinos in Oregon
- Diana St. Amour: Slide deck and Report

Mental Health Service Disparities for Latino Oregonians
- Kimberly Voelker: Slide deck and Report​

Mental Health Service Disparities in the Latino Population: An Exploration of Consequences, Promising Practices, and Opportunities for Improved Access in Oregon - Erin Hernandez: Slide deck and Report 

Barriers to Latino Mental Health - Rebecca Honda: Slide deck

OCHA's 2015-17 Biennial Report Executive Summary

Read the Oregon Advocacy Commissions' joint statement in support of DACA

Read OCHA's statement in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)​


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OCHA 2015-17 Biennial Report to the Legislature and the Governor

Oregon Community Foundation just released the Latinos in Oregon Report 2016

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Oregon Advocacy Commissions' 2016 Legislative Summary

OCHA's Biennial Report to Legislators -
Read OCHA's 2013 - 2015 Report!

Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs Powerpoint presentation
Watch a brief history of how OCHA came to be, recent accomplishments, data on the Hispanic/Latino/Indigena population and more.

OCHA's Joint public policy research internship yields 3 education issue briefs to date:

Hear the Podcast from City Club's Friday Forum with the Joint Chairs of the Oregon Advocacy Commissions
City Club's Friday Forum with OAC Joint Chairs 
The Hispanic Population: 2010
2011 Public Policy Internship Report by Rolando Cruz
Rolando Cruz
In 2011, the OCHA collaborated with the Office of Multicultural Health Services (OMHS) to host a Masters level Public Policy Intern on Migrant Health. Rolando Cruz, MS, Warner Pacific University, developed a literature review on Migrant Health in Oregon and reported his findings to the Commission and to OMHS. His report is the foundation of further study on Migrant Health at OMHS and provides needed insight on health issues of farm workers for OCHA in its public policy work in Oregon.