Events

Date/Time Event
02/16/2017
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Conozca sus derechos, preparacion de poderes legales en caso de deportacion
Heritage Building, West Wing, Annandale VA

Taller para la enseñarle sus derechos en caso de redada de la migra (ICE) y para ayudarle a llenar los poderes legales en caso de que usted sea deportado. Este poder legal le serviará para que disponga de sus bienes muebles e inmuebles, cuentas de banco, y otros asuntos importantes. Estarán los abogados del Legal Aid Justice Center. Este evento es organizado por #LegalAidJusticeCenter

Ante tanta incertidumbre y miedo, aqui estamos para servirle y luchar juntos!!!

01/18/2017
8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Virginia Latino/Immigrant Advocacy Day
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church,, Richmond VA

VACOLAO’s Immigrant Advocacy Day 2016

VACOLAO – VIRGINIA IMMIGRANT ADVOCACY DAY (Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 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 DREAMers regardless of their legal status, passing a resolution for the General Assembly condemning “hate speech” and celebrating diversity to ensure that Virginia welcomes all of its residents, and the Gap on Medicaid among others.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. (We will provide a light breakfast and lunch)

Transportation will be available for those travelling from Arlington to Richmond. We will have a bus leaving from Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 2700 S. 19th Street, Arlington, VA 22204 at 6:30am that morning. Please arrive by 6:15am. We will be returning to northern Virginia at 5:00pm.

WHERE: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 815 E Grace St, Richmond, VA 23219 near the General Assembly Building.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

Registration fee: $ 20.00. We have scholarships available

Should you decide to pay by check, please make all checks payable to VACOLAO and send to 6066 Leesburg Pike, suite 520, Falls Church, VA 22041.

REGISTER HERE: https://goo.gl/forms/qGl2e2oWXSg8IIar2

CONTACT: Please contact us at vacolao@gmail.com or by phone at 703-772-1555 with any questions.

11/15/2016
7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Forum: Resultado de las elecciones y el impacto en asuntos de inmigración en Virginia.
United Methodist Church of Culmore, Falls Church VA

dacaForo Comunitario – Resultado de las elecciones y el impacto en asuntos de inmigración en Virginia.

QUE: Le invitamos a este foro comunitario para discutir sobre los resultados de las elecciones generales y el impacto en la comunidad inmigrante de Virginia. Como podría impactar al alivio migratorio conocido como DACA? Que pasara con el Programa de Protección Temporal (TPS). Asimismo, brindaremos un taller sobre “Conozca sus Derechos” para asegurarnos que miembros de la comunidad estén listos para ejercerlos. Acompáñenos y organicemos a nuestra comunidad para responder contra la amenaza del nuevo gobierno en este país.

CUANDO: martes 15 de noviembre 2016 de 7:15pm a 8:30 p.m.

DONDE: 3400 Charles St, Falls Church, VA 22041 (United Methodist Church of Culmore)

REGISTRACION: En este enlace: https://goo.gl/forms/H5v3uP5ppMufwZSw1

Para mas información contáctenos a  edgar@justice4all.org or 703-772-1555.

Organizado por  La Asociacion de Vecinos de Culmore, el Legal Aid Justice Center’s Immigrant Advocacy Program y la Coalicion de Organizaciones Latinas de Virginia (VACOLAO)


Community Post-Election Debriefing and Know Your Rights Training

WHAT: We would like to invite you to our community forum to discuss the results of this year’s election and its impact on the immigrant community in Virginia including how it could impact administrative relief programs DACA and DAPA as well as Temporary Protection Status (TPS). We will also provide “Know your Rights” training to ensure that members of our communities are aware of their rights and how to exercise them.

WHEN: Tuesday, November 15 2016 from 7:15pm to 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: 3400 Charles St, Falls Church, VA 22041 (United Methodist Church of Culmore)

REGISTRATION: Please click here: https://goo.gl/forms/H5v3uP5ppMufwZSw1

For more information, please contact us at edgar@justice4all.org or 703-772-1555.

Organized by Legal Aid Justice Center’s Immigrant Advocacy Program and Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations (VACOLAO)

10/04/2016 - 10/05/2016
All Day
7th Virginia Immigrant Advocates SUMMIT
Unitarian Universalist Church, Arlington VA

7th Virginia Immigrant Advocates Summit

WHEN: Tuesday and Wednesday October 04th and 5th 2016img_4043
Tuesday October 4th from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Cultural reception from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.)
Wednesday October 5th 8:30 – 12:00 p.m.
WHERE:  4444 Arlington Boulevard, Arlington VA 22204 (Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington)
 
REGISTRATION:  You can proceed with your registration click HERE
General Public $ 50.00 (plus registration service fee)
Students: $10.00 (plus registration service fee).
SCHOLARSHIPS. Scholarship assistance is available to help cover the event registration fee. To apply for assistance, please proceed with your registration and choose “scholarship”.

For more information, please contact Edgar Aranda-Yanoc at edgar@justice4all.org  or 703-772-1555

ABOUT THE SUMMIT: For the past six years, the Immigrant Advocates Summit has brought together advocates from across the state to learn about, discuses and move forward on issues impacting immigrant communities residing in Virginia. The year’s tumultuous presidential race and recent U.S. Supreme Court deadlocked decision on the Obama administration’s deferred action programs, DAPA and Extended DACA, illustrate how the stakes for immigrant communities could not be higher. It is imperative to continue with our collective efforts as we push forward in defense of and support for the rights of hard working immigrants and their families living and working in the Commonwealth.

THE SUMMIT’S AGENDA:

Summit Goals:

 To educate and motivate diverse stakeholders in addressing the multiple needs and issues impacting immigrant communities in Virginia;

  1. 2. To identify concrete rallying points around which advocates and stakeholders can mobilize themselves to take immediate action;
    3. To identify and understand the many challenges facing Virginia as a result of the state’s changing demographics and develop positive means to address those challenges and promote community reconciliation;
    4. To create a forum for advocates and stakeholders to plan and develop action steps that address the specific concerns of the immigrant communities they serve;
    5. To create a safe place where advocates and stakeholders can form supportive networks that actively advocate for immigrant communities and their families.

Summit Program:

 Day 1 – Tuesday, October 4, 2016

9:00-9:30 am Registration
9:30 -9:45 am Welcome remarks and Summit Overview

Plenary Sessions:

9:45 – 10:45am: Plenary Session: Virginia Legislative Update 2016/2017.

This plenary session will provide an overview of the past legislative session and look forward at the upcoming session and policy issues now confronting immigrant communities in Virginia including closing the coverage gap with Medicaid expansion, access to driver’s licenses for immigrants as well as the need of in-state tuition for students regarding their legal status.

  • Claire Guthrie Gastañaga, Executive Director, ACLU of Virginia (Confirmed)
  • Margie Del Castillo, Associate Director of Community Mobilization, National.

10:45 – 10:55am Who is in the room? – Meet and Greet

  • Centreville Immigration Forum
    10:55 – 11:55am: Responding to hate and bias in VA.
    11:55 – 12:05pm Break

Lunch and Keynote Speakers

12:05 – 1:15pm

  • Kim Bobo, Executive Director, Virginia Interfaith for Public Policy
  • Claudia Flores, Policy Analyst, National Latina Institute For Reproductive Health (NLIRH)

1:15-1:20pm Transition to Breakout Sessions

Breakout Sessions

1:20-2:20pm

 Immigrant youth and the school to prison pipeline

The presenter will discuss the basics of school discipline law and highlight particular challenges that immigrant youth face in school discipline situations. She will discuss students’ rights, parents’ language rights, and best practices when faced with a disciplinary action against your child.
• Becky Wolozin, Attorney, Equal Justice Works Fellow Sponsored by The Morrison & Foerster Foundation, Just Children Program of the Legal Aid Justice Center

Protecting Voters at the Polls in November 

Protecting the vote will take a huge effort in a year where we’re facing an acrimonious atmosphere, candidates inciting violence, problematic voting equipment and the first use of photo ID in a presidential election. This panel will explore the basics behind protecting the right to vote and how the community can stop discriminatory voting changes. Presented by:

  • Elena Langworthy, Democracy and Campaigns Coordinator, VA Civic Engagement Table
  • Eduardo Zerbe, Assistant Coordinator, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights’ Legal Mobilization Project

Funding Education for Undocumented Students

Join Mason DREAMers and Tech DREAMers in a presentation on undocumented students in higher education. This workshop will provide an overview of who the students are and the current obstacles they face as well as ways institutions, faculty, and students are working to overcome them. We will touch on activism and current coalition work being done across the state of Virginia. Presented by:

  • Ana Tobar, President of Mason DREAMers
  • Leohana Carrera, Chair of Public Relations, Mason DREAMers

Executive and Administrative Advocacy for Immigrants’ and Workers’ Rights

This interactive session will present the basic framework of the governor’s power under the Virginia state constitution and state law, and then collectively brainstorm creative “asks” for the governor and his cabinet secretaries in the areas of immigrants’ rights and workers’ rights.  Presented by:

  • Simon Sandoval-Moshenberg, Legal Director, Immigrant Advocacy Program, Legal Aid Justice Center
  • Lucia Curiel, Northeastern University School of Law

Using Economic Arguments and Social Media to Advance Pro-Immigrant Policy.

The Commonwealth Institute has new analysis showing the critical importance of immigrants for Northern Virginia’s economy. This will be the basis of examples of how to effectively use messaging and social media to advance pro-immigrant policies. There will be time for discussion and Q&A. Presented by:

  • Laura Goren, Research Director, The Commonwealth Institute
  • Patrick Getlein, Communications Director, The Commonwealth Institute

Protecting Voters at the Polls in November 

Protecting the vote will take a huge effort in a year where we’re facing an acrimonious atmosphere, candidates inciting violence, problematic voting equipment and the first use of photo ID in a presidential election. This panel will explore the basics behind protecting the right to vote and how the community can stop discriminatory voting changes. Presented by:

  • Elena Langworthy, Democracy and Campaigns Coordinator, VA Civic Engagement Table
  • Eduardo Zerbe, Assistant Coordinator, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights’ Legal Mobilization Project

Understanding Redistricting Reform in Virginia

Wonder why congress is so gridlocked and doesn’t accomplish anything?  Wonder why so many elections are foregone conclusions with only one candidate on the ballot in November?  We are gerrymandered here in Virginia in a way to squeeze out competition and enhance incumbency protection – to the detriment of our voting rights.  Virginia sits at the beginning of the next wave of redistricting reform in America.  Come learn what’s going on in your community to stop this and how you can make a difference.  Presented by:

  • Brian R. Cannon, Executive Director, One Virginia 2021

3:30 – 3:40pm Transition to Breakout Sessions
3:40 – 4:40pm Breakout Sessions

Executive and Administrative Advocacy for Immigrants’ and Workers’ Rights. Please see description and panelist of this workshop above.

Immigrant youth and the school to prison pipeline. Please description and presenter of this workshop above

“Know your Rights” during Police/ICE interaction with immigrants regardless of status

This session will provide an overview of what to do to protect a person’s rights during interactions with law enforcement and ICE officials. Panelists will also provide information on how to use a new AP designed by the ACLU to assist with the protection of immigrant rights during such encounters. Presented by:

  • Charlie Schmidt, Policy Counsel, ACLU Virginia.

4:40 – 4:50pm Transition to reception
5:00 – 7pm Cultural Reception

Day 2 – Wednesday, October 5, 2016

8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 9:10 a.m. Overview of the day
9:10 – 10:00 a.m.
Plenary Strategy Session – Immigration Potential fallout from the November national elections for immigrant rights – discussion on what could occur and strategy session on how to begin preparing for a response from the immigrant rights community.

  • Emily Kessel, Advocacy Director, National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC)

10:00 – 10:50 a.m.

Plenary Session – Undocumented Students in Higher Education

10:50 – 11:00 a.m. Break

11:00- 11:50 a.m.

Plenary Strategy Session – Driver’s license for aspiring Americans residing in Virginia (Drive Virginia Forward Campaign)

Drive Virginia Forward coalition was formed to push for driver’s license for aspiring Americans residing in Virginia. Members of the coalition will discuss and develop a legislative and policy advocacy strategy to push again for the provision of driver’s licenses during the 2017 Virginia General Assembly including the identification of key Virginia residents to advocate for this issue. We will also discuss strategies for reaching out to Virginia’s residents and legislators to educate, create awareness and support about this issue.

  • Edgar Aranda-Yanoc, LLM, Chair, Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations (VACOLAO)
  • Rodrigo Velasquez, Field Coordinator-VA Latina Advocacy Network
  • Senator Scott Surovell, patron of the SB390 (driver’s license for aspiring Americans residing in Virginia). Invited.

11:50 pm 12:00pm Next steps and closing

 

ORGANIZED BY: Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations (VACOLAO), Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights (VACIR), Legal Aid Justice Center’s Immigrant Advocacy Program, DREAMers Mothers in Action (DMIA), Virginia Civic Engagement Table (VCET), Boat People SOS, Virginia Latina Advocacy Network (VALAN), Just Neighbors, National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC), Centreville Immigration Forum, American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia (ACLU – VA), Express Care, and Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice (UUSJ)

SPONSORED BY: Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM)

SPECIAL THANKS: Consumer Health Foundation, Legal Aid Justice Center and Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington (UCCA)

03/31/2016
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
VACOLAO’s 2016 LEGISLATIVE DEBRIEFING FORUM
Unitarian Universalist Church, Arlington VA

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.

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