Date/Time Event
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
FREEDOM FROM FEAR through Civic Engagement Conference & Gallery Talk 
Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk VA

FREEDOM FROM FEAR through Civic Engagement Conference & Gallery Talk

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Saturday, September 8, 2018   Registration:  10:30 – 11 AM  Conference: 11 Am to 2 PM  Gallery Talk: 2 PM  Reception:  3:30 – 4:30 PM

Chrysler Museum of Art One Memorial Place, Norfolk, VA. 23510

Join our nonpartisan community and leadership conference with high profile state and local organizations! Enjoy a day of empowering presentations, panel discussions and networking! Help encourage voting participation, action and collaboration in our community!

Conference is free, lunch order is optional, but must be preordered

Organizations or groups with ten people or more get 50% lunch  discount

Suggested donation for lunch/ reception: $20.00

Groups of 10 or more:  $10.00

9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Virginia Advocacy Day on the Hill to End Family Separation and Detention
Cannon House Building South of the Capitol bounded by Independence Ave., First St., New Jersey Ave., and C St. SE, Washington D.C

WHAT: Attorney General Jeff Sessions has implemented a draconian “zero tolerance” policy that separated children from their parents at the border. Although the administration now states it will keep families together, thousands of children have already been taken from their parents with no system in place to reunite them. Moreover, the administration seeks to overturn judicial precedent keeping children out of long-term detention in order to lock families up while their cases move through the legal and administrative systems, a process that can take many months if not years. If the administration loses in court, some officials are already stating there could be a return to the family separation policy.

Meet with Virginia House and Senate representatives to discuss the urgent need for a humane response to the humanitarian crisis resulting from the administration’s crackdown at the border. The administration must reunite families and find non-detention alternatives to assist families as their cases progress.

We will also discuss other issues impacting immigrants as well including a legislative fix for DACA and TPS.

WHERE: We will convene at 50 F St. NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20001 (National Immigration Forum) and walk to US Congress.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 27th from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00pm

WHO: Legal Aid Justice Center, Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations (VACOLAO) and Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights (VACIR), DREAMers Mothers in Action (DMIA)


CONTACT:  Please contact Edgar Aranda at 703-772-1555 or for more information


11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Rally at the Department of Justice to Protest Family Separation and Detention
Department of Justice, Washington DC


WHAT: Tell Attorney General Jeff Sessions that seizing children form their parents should not be used as leverage to indefinitely detain immigrant families.

After massive public outcry over the administration’s policy of seizing children from their parents at the US/Mexico border, President Trump singed an Executive Order on June 20th that would end the forced separations by placing children in detention facilities with their parents while their cases move through the courts, a process that could take months or years with immigration courts backlogged. In doing so, the President exposed the fact that this was his policy that he could change at any time and without congressional action. Moreover, the fact still remains that thousands of children have been separated from their parents with inadequate infrastructure in place to reunite them.

Indefinite detention of children is in violation of a 1997 Consent Decree known as the Flores Settlement that prohibits the government from detaining children longer than 20 days even if they are with their parents. It is no secret that the Trump administration has chafed under the requirements of this decree and is now using its own manufactured crisis of family separation as an excuse to push this policy change. In fact, the President’s EO specifically requires Attorney General Sessions to return to federal court to modify the Consent Decree.

This situation is unconscionable. Parents fleeing violence with their children should be given a safe harbor while their claims move through the courts not forced into accepting the jailing of their families as an alternative to long-term and even permanent separation from their children. Tell AG Sessions to respect the Flores Decree and keep families together and out of detention.

WHO: Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations (VACOLAO), Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights (VACIR), Legal Aid Justice Center, DREAMers Mothers in Action (DMIA), Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy (VICPP)

WHERE: The Department of Justice Building, 950 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C.

 WHEN: Friday, June 22, 11am -12pm

 CONTACT: Please contact Edgar Aranda at 703-772-1555 or for more information.




8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Virginia Immigrant / Latino Advocacy Day
Virginia General Assembly, Richmond VA


Thursday, January 18, 2018, 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, passing a resolution for the General Assembly condemning “hate speech” and celebrating diversity and welcoming community, closing the Gap on Medicaid among others.

WHEN: Thursday, January 18, 2018 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 at

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



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: 4444 Arlington Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22204 (UUCA)

WHEN:  Thursday, January 11th at 7pm. 2018


VACOLAO WEEKLY STATEWIDE CONFERENCE CALL: As in past years, VACOLAO will hold weekly statewide conference calls to talk about the development of the bills on VACOLAO’s legislative agenda at the General Assembly and discuss advocacy efforts.

WHEN: Our first call will be Tuesday, January 10th at 02:00 p.m. If you want to be part of these weekly conference calls, please fill out this form:

Best regards

Edgar Aranda-Yanoc, LLM

Chair, Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations (VACOLAO)

Senior Lead Organizer, Legal Aid Justice Center’s Immigrant Advocacy Program

6066 Leesburg Pike, suite 520

Falls Church, VA 22041

Telephone 703-778-3450

Fax 703-778-3454

8:30 am - 5:00 pm
8th Virginia Immigrant Advocates Summit
Faith Lutheran Church, Arlington VA

8th Virginia Immigrant Advocates Summit

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