New immigrants?

People from the Dominican Republic have a long and well-documented history serving the United States as elected or other type of government officials, military personnel, thinkers and intellectuals, sports figures, and also in other capacities.

A Santo Domingo Presence Since 1613

Dominican-descended people have a presence in the fabric of United States society since 1613, when Santo Domingo-born Juan Rodriguez arrived on the Dutch merchant ship Jonge Tobias that docked on present-day Hudson Harbor, New York. You can read the study conducted by Anthony Stevens-Acevedo and colleagues at

Migrating Since the Ellis Island Years

When discussing Ellis Island migration, scholars often overlook non-European immigrants. However, did you know that between 1892 and 1924 more than 5,000 people from the Dominican Republic–mostly affluent– entered the United States through New York’s Ellis Island port? The CUNY Dominican Studies Institute is conducting pioneering research pertinent to this overlooked migration.

Dominicans Serve in the U.S. Military

Approximately 250 years after Juan Rodriguez’s arrival, José Gabriel Luperón was promoted to the rank of captain by President Abraham Lincoln, for his service in the U.S. Civil War. Luperón may ring a bell for those familiar with Dominican history as Captain José Gabriel Luperón was the brother of President Gregorio Luperón, a champion of democracy and prominent leader who battled Spain to reclaim independence in 1865. Countless Dominican men and women followed in Captain José Gabriel Luperón’s footsteps.

Dominicans Serve in the U.S. Military

More than 300 Dominican women and men served during World War II.

Dominicans Serve in the U.S. Military

Daisy Baez made history on November 8, 2016 when she was elected to the State of Florida House of Representatives. Born in Santo Domingo, Baez joined the United States Army at the age of 19.

Dominicans Serve in the U.S. Military

Born in Moca, Dominican Republic, Stephen Hotesse served the United States in World War II as a member of the Tuskegee Airmen. Hotesse attained the rank of Second Lieutenant in the 619th Bombardment Squadron of the 447th Bombardment.



A strong commitment to enhance the voter participation of Dominican-Americans by increasing engagement in the electoral process.


Using innovation to advance our community politically, with an emphasis on youth and technology.


Putting a spotlight on the contributions Dominicans make every day to the US, and empowering the youth, our future leaders.


With the most comprehensive database on Dominican-Americans in the world, we are able to mobilize our community in unprecedented ways.

Dominicanos USA is a qualified 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed under the law.

Help Us Make History Today!

Be a part of our movement! We have been able to accomplish plenty with help from regular people in the community. Just imagine what we could accomplish if you made a contribution today or volunteered your time to our cause. Your contribution can help to register a new voter, educate them about the civic process, mobilize them to vote, or even naturalize a new citizen. Every contribution helps to strengthen our community and our democracy!


Our project began with a focus on registering our
community to vote and mobilizing them.

Register To Vote!

Number of Election Day contacts to our voters since 2014

Number of voter registrations we have collected since 2013

© 2016 DominicanosUSA Ltd.


Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from our team


You have Successfully Subscribed!