Cia Siab, Inc. was created on September 22nd, 2016 by concerned Hmoob community members who wanted to continue providing services for the Hmoob community after the Hmoob Cultural and Community Agency (HCCA) terminated its many services. When we started we had no funding, no space, and only a small team of about 10 dedicated individuals. Six months later we secured funds for a small office on the Northside of La Crosse and had just enough to hire five staff members to run programs and provide services. In December of 2018, we our staff and programs out grew the space and secured funds to purchase our own building.
As of January 2021, we have 14 full-time staff and six part-time staff, with the majority being Hmoob and are bilingual. As a gender and racial justice organization, our primary goal is to engage and empower survivors, victims, allies, and community members to fight for a more peaceful, compassionate, and equitable world.
Our Mission: The mission of Cia Siab, Inc. is to provide culturally empowering advocacy to the Hmoob Community through holistic support services, with the revitalization of the Hmoob language and culture as the foundation.
Our Vision: The vision of Cia Siab, Inc. is to build a culturally vibrant Hmoob community.
Photo taken at one of our first gatherings to discuss the creation of Cia Siab, Inc. in late-August 2016