USHLI is a Chicago-based national, nonprofit, nonpartisan, tax-exempt organization, and a member of the Board of Directors of HACR, the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility, and NHLA, the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda.
The USHLI has developed into one of the most powerful, nationally and internationally recognized Latino organizations in the country by organizing and conducting nonpartisan voter registration and leadership development programs in 40 states. Our organization has been able to maintain a stable presence in hundreds of communities over the years by promoting empowerment and civic responsibility.
USHLI is led by Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr., one of only two Latinos in history to receive a Presidential Medal "for the performance of exemplary deeds of service for the nation" and "promoting leadership and civic participation," and the 11th Latino in history to be decorated by a U.S. President (Bill Clinton).
In May 2011, Dr. Andrade became the 4th Latino in history to be decorated by both the government of Mexico and the government of the United States, when he received the Ohtli Award, Mexico’s highest honor presented to a civilian not living in Mexico “in recognition of his contributions to the empowerment of the Mexican and Mexican-American communities in the United States.”His predecessors include the late Cesar E. Chavez, the late Dr. Hector Garcia, and the late Mario Obledo.