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A Challenge to Our Nation

Improving the Economic Well-Being of Latino Kids

Leticia Miranda, Melissa Boteach, and Katie Wright outline how to fight rising Latino child poverty.

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Hispanic children are tomorrow’s workers and taxpayers. Investing in their education and well-being is investing in America’s future. The Census’s most recent data, however, reveal that of all racial and ethnic groups, Latinos experienced the largest one-year increase in poverty in 2009. The number of Hispanic families with children in poverty has been exacerbated by the current recession and disproportionately high unemployment among Latino workers who are concentrated in the hard-hit industries, such as construction.

Poverty in the Latino community has been a significant issue for many decades. But recently released Census data reveal that in 2009 poverty was at its highest level for Latino children since 1997. Job creation is one of the most important strategies to reverse these statistics but America’s system of work supports also has a role to play in lifting America’s children out of deep poverty.

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Authors

Melissa Boteach

Senior Vice President, Poverty to Prosperity Program

Katie Wright

Policy Analyst

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