7th Virginia Immigrant Advocates SUMMIT

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Date(s) - 10/04/2016 - 10/05/2016
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Unitarian Universalist Church

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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)

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