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Mission & History

The Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC) is a statewide coalition of more than 65 member organizations and over 100 allies, founded in 1998 and formally incorporated in 2004. We are led by our membership, including grassroots and community organizations, farmworkers, youth, advocates, lawyers, union members and more.

More than an organization, FLIC has become a hub for a bold, agile and strategic multi-racial, intergenerational social movement. We work together for the fair treatment of all people, including immigrants. With staff in six counties, and members throughout Florida, FLIC’s leadership builds depth in local communities, breadth for statewide reach and national alignment.

Our unique power-building model has contributed to our movement’s cohesion, direction and impact. In a short period and with modest investment, we’ve evolved from episodic, tactical mobilizations to a more sophisticated, strategic  and impactful organization. While still emerging, we have become a growing force in Florida.

Our Mission

To amplify the power of immigrant communities to impact the root causes of inequality, defending and protecting basic human rights, including the right to live without fear.

Our Vision

To usher a new dawn, moving Florida in a more progressive direction by becoming an organization rooted in the history of struggles, incorporating leadership of other oppressed peoples can fully participate in a democracy where all can freely create, study, work, play, and love.

In Gratitude

We are forever grateful to David Skovholt, Tomas Zamorano, Cheryl Little, Arthur Rosenberg, Juan Carlos Zapata, Margarita Zalamea, Troy Elder, Terry Coble, Lupe Lopez, Jose Lagos, Anna Fink, and the founding board members: Marlon Gonzalez, Lukner Millien, Elvira Menjivar, Marleine Bastien, Herman Martinez, Ernesto Sanchez, Winie Cantave, Winie Tang, and many others we may have failed to mention who laid a solid foundation and vision for our work.