Date/Time Event
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Washington, DC DC


WHAT:  Are you outraged at the recent reports of abuses and deaths of immigrant children detained in President Trump’s camps and looking for a way to fight back? Come join us at our Rally to Protect Immigrant Children where we will demand that this administration provide safe and sanitary housing and care for all immigrants detained by DHS, respect the Flores Decree and stop the devastating family separations. Come out and make your voice heard in defense of immigrants’ rights.  These children need all of us to act and we must not remain silent.

WHEN: Tuesday, July 2nd from 10:00 am to 11:00 am

WHERE: 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004 (Outside U.S. Customs & Border Protection)

For more information, please contact

Organized by Centreville Immigration Forum (CIF), International Mayan League, Legal Aid Justice Center (LAJC) and Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations (VACOLAO).

9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Virginia Federal Advocacy Day on the Hill
Capitol Hiill, Washington, DC DC

Virginia Federal Advocacy Day on the Hill

WHAT: VACIR, LAJC and VACOLAO invite you to join us at our advocacy day where we will bring Virginia constituents to Capitol Hill to meet with members of the Virginia Senate and House caucuses to discuss issues important to immigrant communities in our state.


On June 4th, the House passed the Dream and Promise Act which will now move to the Senate where it faces an uphill battle. We will meet with the offices of Senators Kaine and Warner to urge them to support the passage of this bill that would provide permanent relief for millions of TPS holders, DREAMers and Deferred Enforcement Departure (DED)


We will also be discussing with our senators and house representatives the IDEA act, the nomination of Ken Cuccinelli as Acting Director of USCIS and other issues and thank the representatives for their support of the Dream and Promise Act and the recent passage of the Beyer Amendment that would require increased reporting on unaccompanied children from federal agencies.


WHERE: We will convene at (Bread for the World) and walk to US Congress.


WHEN: Monday, June 24, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30pm


WHO: Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations (VACOLAO), Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights (VACIR) and Legal Aid Justice Center (LAJC).



CONTACT:  Please contact Edgar Aranda Yanoc at for more information.

11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church, Arlington VA

WHAT: VACOLAO invites you to a lunch-time discussion of our legislative agenda where we will talk about our legislative success stories and work that remains to be done. Senators, Delegates and immigrant right advocates will be part of the discussion.


VACOLAO in collaboration with our organizational partners and hundreds of statewide immigrant advocates, pushed for pro immigrant bills, in both the House and the Senate, such as access to driver’s privilege card for undocumented immigrants in Virginia, as well as for Equity tuition for DREAMers and many other bills and issues such as combating wage theft. VACOLAO also pushed back against anti-immigrant bills.


This is an opportunity to meet with advocates and legislators and discuss issues that important to immigrants residing in Virginia.

WHERE: 4444 Arlington Boulevard, Arlington VA 22204 (Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington)

WHEN: Monday April 29, 2019 from 11:30 – 2:00 pm (Lunch will be served, door opens at 11:00am)

REGISTRATION: Seating is limited so please registered at your earliest convenience by clicking here:



If you have questions, please email Edgar Aranda-Yanoc at or call us at 703-772-1555.

VACOLAO is a non-profit and non-partisan organization.  VACOLAO’s mission is to serve as a working alliance among organizations in Virginia that serve or support the interest of the Latino communities in order to empower the community and secure equal treatment, equal opportunity and equal representation for Latinos/Hispanics in Virginia.

8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Virginia Immigrant Advocacy Day
Suntrust Center, Richmond VA


Thursday, January 17, 2019, Richmond, Virginia (Scholarships available)

WHAT: Join the Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations (VACOLAO)’s annual Immigrant Advocacy Day to meet with elected representatives and advocate for legislation and issues important to Virginia’s immigrant communities. The top priorities of VACOLAO’s legislative agenda are: Driver’s License Access for all immigrants in Virginia, expanding in-state tuition for immigrant students regardless of their legal status, among other important legislation.

WHEN: Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. (We will provide light breakfast and lunch)

Transportation available from Falls Church. It will leave from 6066 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041 at 6:30am that morning. Please arrive by 6:15am. We will be returning to northern Virginia at 5:00pm.

WHERE: We will convene at 919 E. Main Street, Richmond, VA 23219 (Tidewater Room) and will meet of our representatives at the new building of the Virginia General Assembly.


Registration fee: $ 20.00. Please register here:

If you pay by check, please make payable to the order of VACOLAO and send us at 6066 Leesburg Pike, suite 520, Falls Church, VA 22041

SCHOLARSHIPS: Limited scholarship assistance is available to cover the event registration fee. To apply for a scholarship, please proceed with your registration and choose “scholarship”. Applications will be evaluated on a first-come first-serve basis.

CONTACT: Contact us at or by phone at 703-772-1555.

For more information, please visit

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Legislative Advocacy Training on Upcoming Immigrant Advocacy Day
Legal Aid Justice Center, Falls Church VA

Legislative Advocacy Training on Upcoming Immigrant Advocacy Day.

WHAT: Every year before the Immigrant Advocacy Day, VACOLAO organizes a training where we provide information on our legislative agenda that we will be advocates for during the general assembly as well as provide tools on how to become an effective advocate with state elected officials. This meeting will also provide an overview of what to expect during the actual advocacy day in Richmond.

 WHERE: 6066 Leesburg Pike, suite 520, Falls Church, VA 22041

 WHEN: Thursday January 10 at 7pm-8:30pm


For more information: Please call 703-772-1555 or write us at


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