is a community-based organization dedicated to promoting and defending the human rights of Brazilian immigrants and strengthening citizen participation and political visibility through leadership development, essential services, community organizing, civic engagement, and cultural
The Brazilian immigrant community has historically been invisible in the United States. Despite growing numbers, the unique linguistic and cultural identity of Brazilian immigrants has isolated them from the larger Latino community. They are invisible in immigration debates and often overlooked as an immigrant group.
Because the US Census official numbers are low, there is a misperception that the community is very small. Political power and availability of services are affected by this undercount and Cidadão Global has been working to systemically address this issue.
Cidadão Global serves the entire Brazilian community living in New York, with 65% of those who access our services residing in Queens, the epicenter of Brazilian immigration to New York. Of all immigrants that are a part of our organization, 85% are women and, of those, 75% earn a living in the US by performing domestic work, such as housekeeping, babysitting, or caring for the elderly.