El Centro Hispano (ECH) is the largest Latino-led/Latino-serving organization in the State and has been working with and on behalf of the Hispanic/Latino community in Durham, Wake, Orange, and neighboring counties since 1992. 

El Centro Hispano works to strengthen the community, build bridges, and advocate for equity and inclusion.

The Hispanic/Latino/Latinx community strengthening and advancing people in North Carolina and beyond.


Education: aims to expand educational opportunities for personal growth and development of the Latino community members, from child to adult.

Economic Development: work on the creation and strengthening of the individual capacities of workers and entrepreneurs.

Community Health: advances and improves the overall health and well-being of the Latino community through prevention and health promotion programs, access to health services, and healthy activities in the community.

Community Support: works to advance the general well-being of the Latino community through access to valuable information to contribute to the improvement of their quality of life.

Civic & Community Participation: with our Leadership Development, Community Development & Community Action programs,trains Latinx leaders to improve quality of life for the entire community.


– Flexibility and adaptation to change

– Vocation to serve

– Teamwork

– Respect

– Leadership

– Equity


Equity is at the heart of our mission 

We strive to dismantle systemic, institutional, and historical barriers, so they no longer determine the population’s socioeconomic, education, health opportunities and status. Nor they should determine the individuals “right to be.”
  • Policy Analysis
  • Immigration and Legal Assistance
  • Know Your Rights Workshops
  • Faith ID Drives
  • Drivers License Clinic
  • Advocacy and Coalition Building