The Maya Heritage Community Project (MHCP) works in partnership with Maya organizations and people of Maya heritage throughout the United States.  The MHCP has received national recognition as a model for programs that emphasize civic engagement. In 2007 the MHCP became an approved United States Peace Corps Returned Peace Corps Fellows/USA program.   

Several hundred thousand Guatemalan Maya, perhaps half a million or more, emigrated from Guatemala to the United States and now reside throughout the land; north to south and east to west, in cities, towns, and countryside. If acknowledged to be Native Americans they would add greatly to the American indigenous peoples of the United States. If counted as a single group, rather than by language groups, the Maya population would be larger than the Navajo or the Cherokee. Nonetheless, Maya immigrants and their children have become increasingly settled in the USA.