La Colmena is a community-based organization founded in 2014, working to empower day laborers, domestic workers, and other low-wage immigrant workers in Staten Island through organizing, education, culture, and economic development. We are committed to providing immigrants with the tools they need to become leaders who can speak and advocate for themselves and their communities.


In partnership with the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, our organizers train day laborers and domestic workers so they can act as ambassadors to their peers. We are committed to educating and empowering the immigrant community of Staten Island by providing the tools needed for immigrants to become leaders who can speak and advocate for themselves.

At La Colmena, we serve a diverse community of individuals and families with roots in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and Peru. Many of our clients have low levels of literacy and speak indigenous languages.

Beyond our work with day laborers and domestic workers, we run other projects, the Staten Island Butterfly Effect—which is aimed to empower immigrant youth—the Nani Migrante Transnational Project ,which serves as a bridge between families from San Jeronimo Xayacatlan, Puebla and NYC and the Staten Island L'Unicorns, the first LGBTQIA+ LatinX group on Staten Island