As a result of more than 20 years of community organizing experience, Sergio Sosa – along with Latino/a workers, social and religious institutions, and hometown associations-formed the Heartland Workers Center (HWC) in January of 2009.
After listening to hundreds of stories from workers in meatpacking, construction, restaurants, and cleaning, a vision was born to create a new model of organizing that entails finding and developing leaders, training them on workers’ rights, and finding effective methods of participating in the civic society.
The HWC was incorporated and officially became a non-profit organization [501©3] in April of 2010.
To improve the quality of life of Latino/a immigrant workers by promoting leadership development, workers’ rights, and civic engagement through information sharing, training, and organizing.
The HWC will be recognized as self-sustaining immigrant and worker organization that will provide leadership training to improve working and living conditions of families in order to build communities that work for all across the Midwest.