2008 Director’s Community Leadership Awards
The Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama
Law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, have worked closely with HICA over the past several years to improve the relations between them and the Latino community. Through partnerships with agencies like the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and Birmingham City Schools, HICA works to build bridges to increase understanding between communities to ultimately reduce prejudices. HICA also provides workshops for new immigrants on banking and finance, buying a new home, filing taxes, finding legal services, and interacting with law enforcement.
Recently, HICA provided effective assistance to law enforcement by providing information to the Latino population on the murder of five Latino men in suburban Birmingham. HICA opened a hotline expressly for the Latino population to provide tips and information regarding the murders. Isabel Rubio and other HICA members participated in a press conference about the murders with the sheriff of Shelby County, Alabama, the FBI and other law enforcement, and they translated tip line information for the news media.