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Serving the immigrant community for          20 years.  



The Council of Mexican Federations in North America (COFEM) is dedicated to advancing the Latino community through public policy, community organizing, education, and cultural projects.

Our Mission

The mission of the Council of Mexican Federations in North America (COFEM) is to empower immigrant communities to be full participants in the social, political, economic, and cultural life of the United States and their home country. We accomplish this work by uniting, strengthening, and expanding our member organizations to better advocate, preserve and share their cultural traditions and help improve the lives of families and friends in their country of origin.


We envision a fair and inclusive America where immigrant communities have a voice, access to the Citizenship process and the ability to preserve their cultural identity.


The union of organizations within COFEM has contributed to the development of a bi-national agenda that addresses critical matters facing Latino immigrants in the United States and Mexico. Through an extensive planning process, COFEM has defined specific themes, priorities, and needs of greatest impact and interest to the Latino immigrant community in California. As a result of this planning process, COFEM has identified a strategic focus in five main areas: education, health, civic participation, bi-national economic development, and organizational development.

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Our Story

The Council of Mexican Federations in North America (COFEM) is a community-based umbrella organization comprised of groups of people who share ideas and participate in efforts to create opportunities for Latino immigrants in North America, specifically in California. The overarching purpose of the organization is to ensure equality of opportunity for members of the Latino community.

COFEM represents 11 organizations (or “Federations”), which include people from specific states of the Mexican Republic. These federations help to nurture enduring cultural values through broad support to the Mexican community at the bi-national level. Through projects of economic and social development, strategic civic participation, and cultural and social events (e.g., "charreadas") and cultural weeks, the federations have strengthened their bases. The federations' sponsored events link thousands of immigrants in a very important way, celebrating the rich Mexican culture and traditions and organizing Latinos in North America. These federations have the opportunity to wield significant political power through their growing memberships.

Founded a little more than 30 years ago, the federations that comprise COFEM can organize and mobilize the Latin American immigrant community on a large scale. This provides COFEM with a foundation to develop a bi-national agenda that takes into account the origin towns in Mexico and focuses on improving the economic and social conditions of these Latino immigrants.


Strategic Plan


Strengthen and expand the capacity, reach, and presence of member organizations.

  • Develop a comprehensive fundraising plan that will ensure the financial stability of the organization.

  • Work to identify and develop sub-granting opportunities to expand the ability of member organizations to engage in COFEM’s work and implement local initiatives.

  • Develop a leadership institute to train member organization leaders and other community leaders on key policy issues affecting immigrant communities; connect them to resources to help mobilize their members and local communities; provide focused training on civic engagement, non-profit management and communications.

  • Develop a membership recruitment and engagement training for our member organizations.

  • Create greater opportunities for members to be part of COFEM’s work.

  • Assist with creation and incubation of new hometown associations and clubs.

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Our Funders


California Community Foundation (CCF)

RAP Foundation

California Department of Social Services (CDSS)

Weingart Foundation

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP)

Conservation Lands Foundation

Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA)