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Our Portal is located at Instituto del Progreso Latino. Throughout Instituto's 40-year history, the organization has championed bold approaches for creating outstanding education programming to meet the unique needs of its community, providing comprehensive education programs and services to 8,000 families annually. Instituto’s mission is to contribute to the fullest development of Latino Immigrants and their families through education, training, and employment that fosters full participation in the changing U.S. society while preserving cultural identity and dignity. Thanks to its innovative ideas, rigorous research and evaluation, and above all, commitment to students’ success, Instituto is a nationally recognized and trusted, career-focused education institution establishing preeminent models in adult education, youth education, and workforce development.



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Criminal Justice Dialogues

The Portals Project at the Instituto del Progreso Latino will primarily focus on Criminal Justice Dialogues between Chicago and Mexico City in addition to special conversations and activities to be announced. 

Criminal Justice Dialogues are conversations between cities and communities around the U.S. and Mexico about how people feel about policing in their communities as part of a research study conducted by the Justice Collaboratory at Yale University. These mutual one-on-one conversations on both sides ask participants to consider the following question:

There is a great deal in the news about how police interact with people in the communities where they work. How do you feel about police in your community?

Participants are also asked to complete short, confidential survey and to consent to being videotaped as part of this study. Researchers at Yale will utilize the confidential conversations to understand common themes that emerge in them. Video files are kept on a secured server that only these principal investigators have access to and all videos are professionally transcribed. Significant measures are undertaken to protect each participants' confidentiality. The video will never be used in presentations and the transcribed and written version will exist at Yale University to help to contribute to further knowledge and record on the topic.

Read more about the dialogues  here.



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