Release: LUPE Awarded UnidosUS Affiliate Advocacy Award

July 23, 2023

The Affiliate Advocacy Reward is in recognition of La Unión del Pueblo’s effective and impactful advocacy on behalf of the Latino community.

UnidosUS, the United States's largest Latino nonprofit advocacy organization, has announced LUPE the winner of the The Affiliate Advocacy Award for their contributions in combating anti-immigrant and anti-Latino legislation such as HB 7 –the border vigilante bill, protesting by having sit-ins at legislators offices, testifying on legislation, holding numerous press conferences and organizing community members to call legislators.

LUPE received the award in Chicago during the UnidosUS 2023 Conference on Sunday, July 23. In this annual conference, thousands of advocates and organizations from across the country gather in celebration of the work done to uplift their communities and bring awareness to those who are on the same mission in making a difference for Latinxs in the U.S. 

In the words of Carmen Feliciano, Vice President of Policy and Advocacy at UnidosUS, “LUPE is a valued thought and advocacy partner of UnidosUS in elevating the voices of low-income communities of color to inform and influence policy. Your organization has been vital at improving the quality of life of the Latino community.”

Tania A. Chavez Camacho, executive director of LUPE, said, “ Our community lives in the southernmost part of the Texas-Mexico border. For us, the Rio Grande Valley is the nation’s doorstep where people should be welcomed with dignity to the United States. Unfortunately, for Gov. Greg Abbott, our home is a battlefield. But every step of the way, community members are challenging his xenophobic and violent attacks against immigrants and people of color. This award is a testament to the struggle that our border community face on a daily basis, the battles that our members have to fight to keep families together and keep our communities free.“

To arrange virtual interviews with Tania A. Chavez Camacho, Executive Director of LUPE, contact Ramiro Gonzalez, LUPE Communications Coordinator, at (956) 360-4277 or Interviews available in English and Spanish. 

Broll and sound bites will be recorded for the media and are available upon request.


LUPE is a nonprofit organization that helps the community organize for and win a better quality of life. LUPE was founded in 1989 by farmworker and civil rights leaders Cesar E. Chavez and Dolores Huerta. We are a membership-based organization and our strength is found in the participation of our over eight thousand members.