LAA presents groundbreaking State of Latinos Conference in January 2018
Conference addresses issues facing Georgia’s fast-growing Hispanic population

The Latin American Association is hosting a new conference that addresses the critical issues facing Georgia’s rapidly-growing Latino population. The statewide gathering will take place on January 29-30, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.

Invited keynote speaker U.S. Secretary of Labor R. Alexander Acosta will join featured speakers Carlos Osegueda, regional director for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Alejandra Ceja, executive director of the Panasonic Foundation and former executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics; Representative Rafael Anchia of Texas; and Brent Wilkes, chief executive officer of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) at this groundbreaking annual event.

The first day of the State of Latinos Conference will focus on the rapidly-growing Latino population — nearing 1 million statewide — and the social, economic, political and policy implications of this growth in the state’s urban and rural areas. The second day features concurrent summits on housing and education.

“With Latinos approaching 10% of the state‘s population, it is clear that Latinos are having a massive impact,” said Aníbal Torres, the LAA’s executive director. “But in spite of the continuing growth, there is no statewide conversation around the significance of Latino economic and demographic trends and what they mean for local communities. This conference aims to get that conversation started.”

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The LAA is currently seeking proposals for workshop presenters. Click here to submit a proposal.

Participant registration is now open. Early bird registration is $50 through November 15. After that, the registration fee is $75.

Invited keynote speaker Acosta is the son of Cuban immigrants, a native of Miami and a first-generation college graduate with undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard University. Acosta, an attorney, has a long history of public service and has twice been named one of the nation’s 50 most influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business magazine. He was sworn in as the 27th United States Secretary of Labor on April 28, 2017. 



About the Latin American Association (LAA)

The Latin American Association is an Atlanta-based nonprofit organization that empowers Latinos to adapt, integrate and thrive. Founded in 1972, it is the largest and longest-serving agency in Georgia dedicated to serving the needs of Latino families. For more information, visit