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We are Excited to Announce our 2023 Spirit Awardees!


Beatriz Ponce De Leon – Deputy Mayor of Immigrant, Migrant and Refugee Rights

Ricardo Estrada – President and CEO of Metropolitan Family Services


Our annual gal is our largest and most important fundraiser of the year. 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 US society while preserving cultural identity and dignity. Our work is paving the way for successful strategies around the country. We are partnering with organizations like our own to offer our expertise and help them develop pathways for their communities. We join state and national policy makers to create broader system changes that impact our families. We are a nationally recognized organization and we regularly open our doors so others can learn from our programs and approach.


We hope to see you on Thursday, September 28th!

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A Day With Chicago Migrants: Sleeping in Tents, Hoping for Progress

A team of WBEZ journalists spent a day in Chicago's Southwest Side to hear the stories of the everyday people helping thousands of migrants and to understand what's at stake across the city. Read more to see how Instituto and other organizations are assisting New Arrivals in Chicago.

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The Need for Rental Help in Chicago Grows with an Influx of Asylum Seekers. 

Instituto President & CEO, Karina Ayala-Bermejo, said she’s had preliminary discussions with lenders, other nonprofits and the city, including with members of Mayor Brandon Johnson’s administration, about taking “the leap of faith” to pursue a novel approach that she hopes could be a viable long-term solution."

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In September of 2022, Instituto responded to the influx of new migrant arrivals to Chicago by launching Project AMOR (Asylum Migrant Outreach Response). In conjunction with the City of Chicago, Instituto created an Amazon Wishlist to mobilize donation efforts for this new population. Since the launch of the wishlist, over $200,000 in essential items such as clothes, toiletries, diapers, and hygiene products, have been purchased by generous donors to help aid migrants. Instituto has also directly assisted over 120 asylum seekers by helping them obtain City Key IDs as well as providing them with legal aid and financial literacy direction.

With a surge of new arrivals that began in May of this year, Instituto del Progreso Latino began accepting physical donations of new and unused clothes and other essential items to its buildings. In just over a month Instituto has received over 3,500 donated essential items which have been dispersed to various police districts, other non-profit organizations, housing sites and respites. Additionally, over 300 volunteers have signed up to volunteer and assist with Instituto’s Project AMOR efforts.

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Instituto received recognition for the work with the Southern Collaborative! Instituto processes the most naturalization applications in the state of Illinois.

This work would not be possible without our collaborative organizations. Thank you for everything that you do to make this work possible. For more information about our programs or to sign up for an appointment with our Immigration Legal Aid Department click below:

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Instituto's 2023 Naturalization Ceremony

On July 21, 2023, a momentous occasion took place as U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, in collaboration with Instituto del Progreso Latino, came together to host a heartwarming naturalization ceremony. More than 50 new citizens were welcomed into the United States with great joy and celebration. The event was graced by the presence of Instituto's esteemed President & CEO, Karina Ayala Bermejo, who delivered a warm and heartfelt address, emphasizing the organization's commitment to welcoming immigrants with open arms. The proceedings continued with U.S. District Judge Ronald A. Guzman presiding over the ceremony, administering the oath of citizenship to our new citizens. The ceremony was also honored by the presence of esteemed guests, including Congressman Chuy Garcia and UNIDOS US President & CEO, Ms. Janet Murguia.

This naturalization ceremony stands as a testament to Instituto del Progreso Latino's unwavering dedication to providing comprehensive wrap-around services to immigrants. By promoting the benefits of U.S. citizenship for all eligible individuals, Instituto del Progreso Latino fosters a sense of belonging, opportunity, and empowerment within the immigrant community.


Enrollment is Open for Our Instituto Justice Leadership Academy

Our Instituto Justice Leadership Academy accepts students on a rolling basis! Click on the button below to learn more about IJLA; our options high school may be the perfect fit for you or someone you know.

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Enroll in Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy Today!

Instituto Health Science Career Academy (IHSCA) is family ("Somos Familia"), an open door, a place of rigor and academia where students earn a diploma that matters.

IHSCA scholars guide and facilitate others to make a positive difference in their own lives and to contribute to a larger good. By focusing on what we believe and value, and then positively build on this understand, our impact is limitless.

We are currently accepting students for 9th-12th grade.

If you are interested in enrolling at IHSCA please contact the school or email

Erica Marin at [email protected] 

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