Each year, our Nation observes National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 through October 15. National Hispanic Heritage Month is an opportunity to learn about and celebrate the cultures of Hispanic and Latino communities that are woven into the fabric of American society.
This year's theme, “Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation," inspires Americans to come together to ensure the representation of all voices to strengthen communities and our nation. At DHS, we recognize our Hispanic and Latino employees for their diligence and dedication to protecting the American people, our homeland, and our values each day.
National Hispanic Heritage Month began 50 years ago on September 15, 1968, as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon B. Johnson. President Ronald W. Reagan signed National Hispanic Heritage Month into law on August 17, 1988. National Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15th to recognize the anniversary of independence from Spain for five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Honduras. The celebration also encompasses the declaration of independence by Mexico from Spain on September 16, 1821, Chile from Spain on September 18, 1810, and Belize from Great Britain on September 21, 1981.
DHS encourages employees to participate in events and activities taking place throughout the Department and within their communities. Our Department-wide observance will take place Thursday, September 29 at 1:30 pm EDT. This virtual event will be held on a Microsoft Teams platform and can be accessed here.