The Simple Truth to Know About Latinos and Retirement | HDM 257
Latinos and retirement is a topic that needs to be discussed more often. According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Pew Research Center, more than 11 million people in the United States don’t have legal immigration status. However, they fill an important role in our economy and represent around 4.6% of the labor force. These people are our friends, part of the Latino community, neighbors, or colleagues. What we can’t measure are the struggles and challenges they are facing or how many years they have been fighting for having better opportunities. Amongst these challenges is saving for retirement.
In this episode, Abigail Zapote, shares with us her 20+ year journey to become a U.S. citizen, and how her social security number has given her the opportunity of a better life and help the Latino community. She shares some of the challenges undocumented people face in order to build wealth and has done a lot of work during the course of her career to helping the progress of Latinos and retirement.
Abigail Zapote is a civil rights advocate and a servant leader with a passion to empower disadvantaged communities & promote racial and economic equity. She is the former Executive Director for Latinos for a Secure Retirement where she led a coalition of national Latino organizations to advocate for Social Security and greater financial literacy for Latinos of all ages. Currently, she is serving an appointment as a Senior Advisor at the Social Security Administration. NOTE: This interview was recorded July 1, 2020.
What you'll hear about in today's episode:
- Abigail money’s story and how a nine-digit number changed her life
- What Latinos for a Secure Retirement is and why it was created
- What the Latino community needs to know about retirement
- The financial challenges undocumented Latinos face