Virginia Immigrant / Latino Advocacy Day

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Date(s) - 01/18/2018
8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Virginia General Assembly



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.

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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

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