The Summit is an annual event that brings together hundreds of Virginia immigrant advocates statewide.
Evey year, organizations are invited to be part of the planning committee. If you would like to be part of next year’s the planning committee, please contacts Edgar Aranda at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Goals of the Summit are as follows:
• To educate and motivate diverse stakeholders in addressing the multiple needs and issues impacting immigrant communities in Virginia.
• To identify concrete rallying points around which advocates and stakeholders can mobilize themselves to take immediate action.
• 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
• 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.
• To create a safe place where advocates and stakeholders can form supportive networks that actively advocate for immigrant communities and their families
2nd Inmigrant Advocates Summit
2ND VIRGINIA IMMIGRANT ADVOCATES SUMMIT 2011
Coalition of Asia Pacific Americans of Virginia (CAPAVA), Centreville Immigration Forum (CIF), Jews United for Justice (JUFJ), Legal Aid Justice Center’s Immigrant Advocacy Program (LAJC), Social Action Linking Together (SALT), Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington UUCA) and Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations (VACOLAO)
Monday, October 24, 2011
When : Monday, October 24, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:10 p.m.
Where : Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington (UUCA) located at 4444 Arlington Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22204.
THE SUMMIT’S AGENDA INCLUDED:
Combating Fraud Against Immigrants – This workshop will discuss how to identify, avoid and fight types of fraud including predatory lending, legal consultant fraud“notario”, mortgage fraud and others
Rhonda Perkins, Esq. is an attorney with the Immigrant Advocacy Program of the Legal Aid Justice Center who specializes in housing,
consumer protection and medical-legal partnerships for the low-income immigrant
Simon Y. Sandoval-Moshenberg, Esq. is an attorney with the Immigrant Advocacy Program of the Legal Aid Justice Center where he specializes in employment and civil rights litigation in federal and state court on behalf of immigrant clients regardless of immigration status.
David Zetoony, Esq. is an attorney with Bryan Cave LLP (Washington, DC) and who specializes in advertising and consumer protection, regulation and litigation.
Katie Daffan, Esq. is a staff attorney with the Federal Trade Commission.
Worker’s Rights –
This workshop will explain state and federal legal protections for workers as
well as the mechanisms to enforce those rights, discuss potential advocacy
strategies to protect immigrant workers, and provide real-world accounts of current
innovative strategies being used in Virginia to protect immigrant workers with
a particular focus on day laborers.
Daniel Choi, Esq. is an attorney with the Immigrant Advocacy Program of the Legal Aid Justice Center whose fluency in both Korean and Spanish is key in working with the Latino day laborer population, where he plays a special role as liaison between Spanish-speaking workers and the Korean business community. He also serves as the current President of the Board of Directors of the gCoalition of Asian Pacific Americans of Virginia (CAPAVA).
Phil Story, Esq. is an attorney with the Richmond office of the Legal Aid Justice Center who specializes in employment and civil rights litigation in federal and state court on behalf of immigrant clients regardless of their immigration status.
Sarahi Uribe is the National Campaign Coordinator with the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), an organization that works to improve the lives of day laborers in the United States through legal, legislative, and community advocacy.
Rev. Jerrold Foltz is a retired UCC pastor and founding member of the Centreville Immigration Forum (CIF) that seeks to build a strong community in the Centreville area, provide immigrants with the tools to improve their own lives, improve cooperation and communication among groups servicing low-income immigrants and build community recognition of the strength in Centerville’s diversity.
Health Care Reform’s Impact on Immigrants – This workshop discuss the impact of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on immigrants access to healthcare. It will examine post-reform insurance options for immigrant families including national eligibility rules and potential threats to coverage, discuss advocacy options
to promote expansion of health care and coverage for immigrant families, and review the status of healthcare care reform related lawsuits brought by several State Attorneys General including the suit brought by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.
Sergio Eduardo Munoz is the Senior Policy Analyst for the Health Policy Project of the National Council of La Raza where he specializes in health disparities and health care reform.
Dreamers and the Dream – This workshop will discuss the building of building bridges between groups through shared interests across cultural lines, consider the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the context of the DREAM Act, provide any updates on the latest developments with the DREAM Act, and Identify ways of empowering Dreamers through the tradition of the civil rights movements in the United States.
Rev. Carlton Elliott Smith who currently serves as the Minister for Community Building with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington.
Dr. Emma Violand-Sanchez is a Member of the Arlington County School Board and Founder of the Dreamers Project.
Federal and Local Immigration Enforcement and Its Impact on Crime Victims’ Abilities to Access Police Protection – This workshop will provide an overview of immigration enforcement programs, examine the problem of racial profiling in immigration enforcement, clarify recent Obama administration announcements on immigration enforcement priorities, and examine the impact immigration enforcement has on the ability of crime victims and witnesses to access police protection.
Sameera Hafiz, Esq. is the Policy Director at the Rights Working Group (RWG) who leads and coordinates coalition advocacy efforts and develops strategies to advance RWG’s policy agenda. Prior to joining Rights Working Group, Sameera was a Senior Staff Attorney with Legal Momentum’s Immigrant Women Program where she engaged in national policy advocacy to promote reforms benefitting immigrant women and worked as a Staff Attorney at the Immigration Law Unit of The Legal Aid Society of New York and at the Safe Horizon Anti-Trafficking Program and Domestic Violence Law Project.
Heather Heiman, Esq. is the Senior Public Policy Attorney with the Tahirih Justice Center’s Washington, DC area. Heather works in close collaboration with the Director of Public Policy on all aspects of Tahirih’s policy initiatives, and leads Tahirih’s Virginia-based advocacy efforts. She also provides direct legal services to select clients, acting as the liaison between Tahirih’s Policy and Legal Departments and has authored or co-authored
several reports concerning law and policy issues related to women’s rights and domestic violence.
Alexsa Alonzo, Esq. is Associate Director of Advocacy at the American Immigration Lawyer Association (AILA). She lobbies Congress and the Administration on immigration detention, enforcement, due process, and other related issues. Prior to coming to AILA, she supervised the detention project at Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center in Miami, Florida.
Immigration Rights are Human Rights
This workshop will examine how human rights, constitutional rights and civil liberties can be powerful tools for protecting the lives and well-being of immigrants, and for creating social change. In particular, it will discuss strategies for applying the language of human rights, constitutional rights, and civil liberties to building strong coalitions, creating effective public education campaigns to build awareness about the challenges that immigrants face, and connecting with those who have the power to make change.
Jiva Manske is a Field Organizer for Amnesty International USA. He organizes public awareness events and actions for Amnesty International USA priority campaigns in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. He supports human rights education and activist training with local and youth groups and coalition partners, and serves as AIUSA’s public representative for his targeted states.
Jorge Figueredo is the Director of Racial Justice and Immigrants’ Rights with the ACLU of Virginia.
Virginia Legislative Update 2011/2012 – This will be a plenary session and will provide a review of both pro and anti-immigrant legislative proposals introduced during the 2011 Virginia General Assembly as well as proposals that we will likely see again
during the upcoming 2012 Legislative session including bills similar to those already passed in other states like Alabama, Arizona and Georgia. It will also examine organizing techniques and plans for how immigrant rights advocates can push back against these legislative proposals as well as work to change the tone on immigration in Virginia.
Walter Tejada was elected to the Arlington County Board on March 11, 2003, in a Special Election, making him the first Latino ever elected in Arlington County. As a current member of the Board, Walter has worked to address perennial issues such as affordable housing, community and economic development, education and employment, fiscal accountability, and parks and recreation.
Tim Freilich, Esq. is the Legal Director of the Immigrant Advocacy Program (IAP) with the Legal Aid Justice Center. Under his direction, the IAP has worked on the local, state, and federal levels to promote policies that recognize the contributions of Virginia’s immigrants, built a powerful statewide network that has been instrumental in the defeat of more than one hundred anti-immigrant bills in the Virginia General Assembly, represented thousands of individuals in claims for unpaid wages, and developed innovative strategies to help workers recover unpaid minimum and overtime wages. Tim has also served as co-counsel in major class action litigation on behalf of predominantly Mexican and Guatemalan workers brought to the U.S. to plant trees under the H-2B work visa program.
Claire Guthrie Gastañaga has more than twenty-five years of legal and government relations experience at the federal, state and local levels. Claire has served as a senior advisor to the leadership of the Virginia General Assembly holding positions including Chief of Staff and Counsel to the Speaker of the Virginia House, Legislative Counsel to the Democratic Leader, Legislative Counsel to the House Democratic Caucus and counsel to the House Courts of Justice Committee and the House Committee on Finance. She currently leads the CG2 Consulting Firm and has extensive experience advising and
managing public and not-for-profit institutions.
Redistricting, Demographic Change in Virginia and Voting Rights – This will be a plenary session and will discuss the enormous demographic changes that have occurred in Virginia since the last U.S. Census with a particular focus on the huge growth of immigrant communities in the Commonwealth. It will also examine the redistricting process that took place in Virginia this past year including Virginia’s obligations under the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and racially based gerrymandering and discuss whether or not the results of the redistricting process reflect the huge growth of immigrant communities.
Jaime Areizaga-Soto is the Former Policy Advisor of the Democratic Caucus of the Senate of Virginia.
Michele Waslin, Ph.D. is the Senior Research Analyst at the Immigration Policy Center. She has authored several publications on immigration policy and post-9/11 immigration issues. Ms. Waslin appears regularly in English and Spanish-language media. Previously, she worked as Director of Immigration Policy Research at the National Council of La Raza
(NCLR) and Policy Coordinator at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.
Dr. Michael P. McDonald is Associate Professor of Government and Politics in the Department of Public and International Affairs at George Mason University and a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. His research interests include voting behavior, redistricting, Congress, American political development, and political ethodology.
For more information please visit VACOLAO or contact
Edgar Aranda-Yanoc email@example.com
3rd Inmigrant Advocates Summit
Third Virginia Immigrant Advocates Summit Friday, October 26, 2012, 8:30 – 4:30pm at Annandale United Methodist Church – Virginia
Annandale United Methodist Church
Boat People SOS Inc.
Coalition of Asia Pacific Americans of Virginia (CAPAVA)
Centreville Immigration Forum (CIF)
The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis
Jews United for Justice (JUFJ)
Legal Aid Justice Center’s Immigrant Advocacy Program (LAJC)
Social Action Linking Together (SALT)
Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy
Virginia Organizing (VO)
Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations (VACOLAO)
1. To educate and motivate diverse stakeholders in addressing the multiple needs and issues impacting immigrant communities in Virginia;
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 – Biographies
Reverend Dr. Clarence Brown, Jr. (Welcome)
Annandale United Methodist Church
Rev. Brown comes to AUMC from the Norfolk District after seven years of leadership as the District Superintendent. He has also served as District Superintendent of the Charlottesville District, as Senior Pastor of St. Paul’s UMC in Chesapeake, VA, and as Director of the Wesley Westminster Foundation at Norfolk State University. He holds a B.A. degree from Georgia State University, a M. Div. degree from Gammon Theological Seminary (Atlanta, GA), and is nearing completion of his D. Min. degree from Wesley Theological Seminary. Rev. Brown is known across the conference for his strong preaching, his expertise in church revitalization, and his mentoring of young pastors.
Marco A. Grimaldo, CEO and President (Event Emcee)
Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy
Marco Grimaldo’s full biography is found below under the Breakout Session: The Affordable Care Act and Medicaid Expansion in Virginia.
Virginia Legislative Update 2012/2013
Delegate Alfonso H. Lopez, (Moderator)
Virginia House of Delegates, Representing the 49th District
Alfonso Lopez is currently representing the 49th District in the Virginia House of Delegates. He is an activist with nearly 20 years of Federal and Virginia legislative experience on issues critical to the people of Arlington and Fairfax. He was an Obama Administration political appointee and Kaine Administration cabinet-level appointee, and a long-time environmental advocate. Alfonso served as the Assistant Administrator for Congressional and Legislative Affairs of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). In this position he led SBA efforts to enact legislative proposals in economic development, job creation, lending, contracting and innovation. He helped lead the SBA effort to pass the Small Business Jobs Act which successfully opened up the credit markets for small businesses and entrepreneurs and created $12 billion in tax relief for small business owners. Alfonso served as Governor Kaine’s Director of the Virginia Liaison Office in Washington, D.C. where he directed and supervised all Congressional and Federal Relations for the Commonwealth. He also served as the Governor’s representative to the National Governors Association, Democratic Governors Association and the Southern Governors Association. Alfonso was the highest ranking Latino in the Kaine Administration. He also served as the Deputy Policy Director on Governor-Elect Kaine’s Transition Team.
Tim Freilich, Esq., Legal Director
Legal Aid Justice Center – Immigrant Advocacy Program
Tim Freilich is the Legal Director of the Legal Aid Justice Center’s Immigrant Advocacy Program (IAP). Under his direction, the IAP has worked on the local, state, and federal levels to promote policies that recognize the contributions of Virginia’s immigrants. In 2009, Tim’s work was recognized by the American Constitution Society with their award for “Uncompromising and Creative Advocacy on Behalf of Marginalized People.” Tim started with Legal Aid in 1999 as a Skadden Fellow working with migrant farm workers and in 2001 opened the Northern Virginia office to work with the region’s day laborers and other low-wage immigrant workers. Tim earned his B.A. from the University of Virginia and his law degree at UVA’s School of Law, where he received the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Public Service.
Claire Gastañaga, Executive Director
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia
Ms. Gastañaga started her career as a federal civil rights lawyer. Later, while in private practice in Washington, D.C., Ms. Gastañaga represented and advised public and private institutions on faculty tenure issues, academic freedom, health care provider questions, environmental issues, export/import problems, building design and construction problems, government contracts and audit issues, Title IX compliance and student personnel matters, among others. For seven years, while serving as Deputy Attorney General in the Virginia Attorney General’s Office, Ms. Gastanaga managed the legal representation of all of the state’s public colleges, museums and education agencies, including the state department of education. She was the Attorney General’s representative on the Governor’s Commission on Sexual Assault on College Campuses and legal adviser to the Governor’s Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.
Election Protection Efforts
Tram Nguyen, Associate Director
Virginia New Majority
Tram works with Virginia New Majority since 2008. Following the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center, she helped fight for federal funding for a health treatment program to address the unmet physical and mental needs of rescue and recovery workers at Ground Zero. In 2005, Tram traveled to the Gulf Coast to organize the 30,000+ Vietnamese immigrants whose lives were devastated by Hurricane Katrina. For over 2 years, she directed a recovery program that assisted over 3,000 families by providing cultural and language-appropriate services, and she advocated for the sustainable redevelopment of immigrant communities and businesses in New Orleans, LA; Biloxi, MS; and Bayou La Batre, AL. Tram is an alumna of Barnard College, Columbia University and was a 2010 Lead the Way Fellow at the NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
Who Is In The Room? – Met and Greet
Alice H. Foltz
President of Centreville Immigration Forum
Alice is an instructor in history at Northern Virginia Community College, and has been a teacher, musician and homemaker for many years. She helped begin Centreville Immigration Forum in 2007, as a coalition of churches & local residents, and she has been CIF President since its formal organization in October 2010. CIF opened the Centreville Labor Resource Center in 2011.
Understanding the Economic Contribution of Immigrants to Virginia’s Economy
Michael Cassidy, President and CEO,
The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis
Michael Cassidy is the President and CEO of The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis, a nonprofit think tank focused on providing independent research, analysis and public education on budget and tax issues, with emphasis on the impact of fiscal decisions on low- and moderate-income Virginians. Before joining The Commonwealth Institute, Michael conducted program evaluations as an analyst at the Virginia Department of Planning and Budget. He also worked for several years as a budget analyst at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget where he handled policy development, regulatory and legislative review and budgetary process and execution for a wide variety of social policy programs. He began his career in tax policy for the federal government and also worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in their government consulting practice. Michael graduated from Georgetown University, and has a master’s degree in public policy from the College of William and Mary, where he was a Thomas Jefferson Fellow.
Marshall Fitz, Director of Immigration Policy
Center of American Progress
Marshall Fitz is Director of Immigration Policy at American Progress where he directs the Center’s research and analysis of economic, political, legal, and social impacts of immigration policy in America and develops policy recommendations designed to further America’s economic and security interests. Before holding his current position he served as the director of advocacy for the American Immigration Lawyers Association, where he led the education and advocacy efforts on all immigration policy issues for the 11,000-member professional bar association. He has been a leader in national and grassroots coalitions that have organized to advance progressive immigration policies.
Fitz has been one of the key legislative strategists in support of comprehensive immigration reform and has served as a media spokesperson on a broad array of immigration policy and legislative issues. He has appeared on national and regional television and radio stations including MSNBC, CNN, BBC, C-SPAN, and NPR; been quoted extensively across the spectrum of international, national, and local publications; and presented at national conferences and universities on immigration matters. He has also advised numerous members of Congress on immigration policy, politics, and strategy and helped draft major legislation. He currently serves on the boards and steering committees of other national organizations focused on immigrant rights and immigration policy.
Virginia Framework for Collective Action
Leni Gonzalez is the President of the Board of Directors of The Shirlington Employment and Education Center Inc. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Arlington Community Foundation, and the Board of the Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations. She is a member of the Arlington Diversity Dialogue Task Force and the Leadership Team of the Arlington Coordinated Community Response to Domestic Violence. She is the President of LULAC COUNCIL 4609 in Arlington and was the LULAC Virginia State Director for 2006-2008. She is a member of the Latino-Jewish Working Group of the Latino and Latin American Institute of the American Jewish Committee. She is a founding member of the Mexican-American Coalition for Immigration Reform.
Community Organizer – Legal Aid Justice Center’s Immigrant Advocacy Program
Emma is active member of Virginia Immigrant Peoples Coalition. Emma began working with the day laborer community as part of the Immigrant Advocacy Program in 2011. Previously an immigrant organizer with the ACLU of PA, Emma also spent two years working with nomadic circus and arts collectives throughout South America. Emma received her B.S. in Sociology from James Madison University.
Organizer on South Hampton Road – Virginia Organizing (VO)
Teresa Stanley has worked in faith-based community organizing since 1985. Prior to joining Virginia Organizing in August of 2009, Teresa was the coordinator of social justice ministry for St. Nicholas Catholic Parish in Virginia Beach and Holy Redeemer in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina and served as the Office of Justice and Peace Tidewater Liaison for the Catholic Diocese of Richmond. Teresa helped to found the Tidewater Sowers of Justice, a network of social justice advocates and the Voices that Challenge, a youth and young adult social justice movement. As a trained mediator, she implemented a restorative justice victim/offender mediation program for youth in Dare County Teen Court and facilitates conflict resolution and mediation trainings. She has an undergraduate degree from Old Dominion University and Masters from Loyola University, New Orleans. “I am excited to see what I can contribute to the network of relationships that Virginia Organizing is building throughout the state in which all might have a voice to effect change for the common good of the Commonwealth. It is an honor to be part of a social justice organization that works for systemic transformation through grassroots empowerment.”
Les Schmidt, Faith Organizer, Grassroots Leadership
Edgar Aranda-Yanoc, LLM., Chair (Introduction)
Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations
Edgar Aranda-Yanoc currently works with the Legal Aid Justice Center’s Immigrant Advocacy Program as Organizing Coordinator. He is the Chair of the Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations (VACOLAO) and member of the Executive Committee of the National Day laborer Organizing Network (NDLON). In 2011, he received a Practitioner Fellowship from the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor of Georgetown University. Prior to his work in the United States, he was a practicing lawyer in Peru. Mr. Aranda-Yanoc has received recognition and support for his leadership in serving immigrant communities through the following awards: a Partnership for Equity Grant issued by the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, the Professor Samuel Gyandoh Award from Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, and the 2010 Linowes Leadership Award of the Community Foundation of the Greater Capital Region. He received his undergraduate degree in Political Science and Law from the University of Ancash in Peru “Santiago Antunez de Mayolo. He is a graduate of the LL.M. Program for Foreign Lawyers at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law.
Rev. Eduardo Carrillo
Associate Pastor – Annandale United Methodist Church
Rev. Carrillo is a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary’s class of 2010. Even though Rev. Carrillo is in his second year of ministry, he is a long time Methodist beginning as a child in Mexico where his father was a Methodist preacher and now serves as Bishop. Rev. Carrillo is enjoying married life with his spouse Elaina and discovering ministry together as a married couple. Rev. Carrillo has worked with various agencies from the United Methodist Church, such as the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) and the World Methodist Council (WMC). Rev. Carrillo’s education has been strongly influenced by the Methodist church and was the supportive force for his education completion. Rev. Carrillo attended one of the few and oldest high schools with United Methodist Church affiliation in Texas, the Lydia Patterson Institute (located in El Paso, Texas). Upon completing high school, he was accepted to Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, Texas, which is also affiliated with the United Methodist Church. He holds a B.A. in Religion with a minor in Spanish Literature from Ferrum College (another UMC affiliated institution). In 2007 he started his seminary education at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, where he received a Master of Divinity degree. Without the support from the United Methodist Church and related agencies, Rev. Carrillo’s education opportunities would have been limited. Rev. Carrillo is thankful for the support he received through prayers and monetary means and is forever thankful to his family, the supporters he never met, agencies that granted scholarships, and, above all, to God’s steadfast love and mercy.
Combating Fraud against Immigrants
Virginia State Senate Representing the 30th District
Virginia Senator Adam Ebbin took office in January 2012 after serving for eight years in the House of Delegates. He co-chairs the General Assembly’s Progressive Caucus and has served as Chair of the Virginia Commission on the Prevention of Human Trafficking. Adam has also led an informal caucus working to expand Virginia’s laws against trafficking and has passed numerous bills addressing the issue. Adam’s leadership skills were previously recognized by Governor Mark Warner, who in 2002 appointed him to serve as Chief Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Labor and Industry. Adam represents the approximately 200,000 residents of the 30th Senate District who reside in portions of Arlington and Alexandria and parts of Fairfax County’s Mount Vernon and Lee Districts. The 30th District borders the Potomac River and includes Reagan National Airport, Old Town Alexandria and George Washington’s Mt. Vernon Estate. He was a Fellow at the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership in 2000 and at the Harvard University Kennedy School program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government in 2012. A native of Commack, New York, Adam has resided in Alexandria since 1989 and is a 1985 graduate of American University in Washington, DC.
Rebecca Joy Walters, Esq.
Immigration Staff Attorney – Ayuda
Rebecca Walters is an Immigration Staff Attorney at Ayuda, a non-profit organization that provides direct legal services to low-income immigrants in the Washington DC metropolitan area. Rebecca graduated summa cum laude from American University Washington College of Law and obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. At Ayuda’s Sterling, Virginia office, Rebecca focuses on representing immigrant survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, and child victims of abuse, abandonment, and neglect. Rebecca has represented victims of labor trafficking and sex trafficking in Virginia, with a focus on the northern Virginia counties of Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William.
Team Leader – CAMSA
Ms. Long currently serves as one of team leader for the Washington, D.C. chapter of Coalition to Abolish Modern Day Slavery in Asia (CAMSA). She became interested in human dignity issues when she met Dr. Nguyen Dinh Thang, the Executive Director at BPSOS. As a refugee herself, Hong Luong has committed to help the victims of human trafficking in Asia, who are essentially are refugees if they are rescued. Hong Luong spends most of her free time to assist CAMSA’s fight by spreading awareness for human trafficking in Asia to the general public in the Metropolitan area. She is dedicated to fighting this cause in anyway possible to stop the fastest growing crime in the world. Hong Luong graduated from George Mason University with BA in Management Information Systems.
Team Leader – CAMSA
Ms. Durkin currently serves as a team leader for the Washington, D.C. chapter of CAMSA. She became interested in human dignity issues when she volunteered on hunger and poverty projects throughout her years in secondary school. While in Europe she learned that human slavery was not just a sin of historical dimension but was shockingly thriving in our present world as the developed nations bought and sold living persons as if trading property. Now living and working in the Washington area, Ms. Durkin has dedicated herself to combating slavery and to the work of raising awareness in the battle to eradicate human trafficking in our lifetime. Annie graduated from Catholic University with a BA in history.
The Affordable Care Act and Medicaid Expansion in Virginia
Marco Grimaldo, CEO and President
Virginia Interfaith Centger for Public Policy
Marco most recently served as a Regional Organizer for Bread for the World in the Mid-Atlantic and South Central Regions and previously served as Director of Bread for the World Institute and as National Organizer for the Alliance to End Hunger. He has more than 20 years of experience in politics and non-profit advocacy, including work on national campaigns related to international development assistance, HIV/AIDS and debt relief, and a range of domestic hunger and poverty concerns. His educational background includes an undergraduate degree in political science from Southwest Texas State University and a graduate degree in public policy from Georgetown University
John McInerney, Institute’s Health Policy Director
The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis
John produces analysis and research on state and federal healthcare topics, including issues of access, financing, and quality important to the Commonwealth of Virginia. Prior to joining The Commonwealth Institute, John worked as a Program Manager at the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), where he conducted research and worked closely with State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) directors from across the country. He served as a resource and provided technical assistance and support to state directors on SCHIP reauthorization and other key programmatic issues. Previously, John analyzed health financing issues at the U.S. Congressional Joint Economic Committee and served as Director of Communications and Research for a state senator. He has a B.A. in Political Science from Boston College and a Master’s of Public Policy from Georgetown University.
Priscilla Huang, JD,
Policy Director – Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF)
Priscilla is the policy director for the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF), a national health justice organization which influences policy, mobilizes communities, and strengthens programs and organizations to improve the health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. Priscilla directs the organization’s policy work on expanding access to health care and coverage, improving the quality of care, increasing data on Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander health, and increasing investments in community-driven health strategies. She also works to develop and build the organization’s national network of community based organizations and health leaders. Priscilla holds a law degree from American University, Washington College of Law, where she was one of ten Public Interest/Public Service Scholars. She received a BA in English and Philosophy from Boston College.
Immigration Detention: Inside and Out (How to prepare for a possible detention and know your rights if you are detained)
Claudia Cubas, Esq.
Staff Attorney – CAIR Coalition (Virginia Adult Detainee Program)
Claudia Cubas, Esq. joined CAIR Coalition in August of 2011 as a Legal Orientation Program Staff Attorney serving adult immigrant detainees in Virginia. Prior to joining CAIR Coalition she served as an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow at the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) in Washington D.C. from 2009 – 2011, representing and advising Spanish speaking immigrants in a variety of cases specifically focusing on U/T visas and asylum based on domestic violence. Ms. Cubas received her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law in 2008. She is a member of the Maryland bar and is fluent in Spanish.
Ashley Ham Pong, Esq.,
Attorney – CAIR Coalition (Detained Immigrant Children’s Project)
Ashley Ham Pong is the managing attorney for the Children’s Detained Program at the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition in Washington, D.C. Ms. Ham Pong obtained a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, as well as a Juris Doctorate from the Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol, Rhode Island. Fluent in Spanish and French, a significant amount of her work with CAIR Coalition involves screening and representing unaccompanied alien minors, ages 10-17, who are detained at the Office of Refugee and Resettlement detention facilities in Virginia.
Lysandra Pachuta, Esq.
Founding partner at Henson Pachuta, PLLC
Lysandra Pachuta received her law degree from American University, Washington College of Law and has focused her legal career on criminal defense. After graduation she worked as a forensic science fellow for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia and then as a trial attorney at the Office of the Public Defender for Fairfax. She has represented hundreds of clients charged with a variety of crimes from traffic offenses to first degree murder. She is a founding partner at Henson Pachuta, PLLC, a small law firm focusing on criminal defense in the Northern Virginia courts. Lysandra lives in Reston with her husband, their son and their two dogs.
Phil Storey, Esq.
Staff Attorney – Legal Aid Justice Center (Richmond Office)
Phil Storey is an attorney with the Richmond office of the Legal Aid Justice Center, where he represents Spanish-speaking clients in a civil cases involving housing, employment, consumer issues, and public benefits. Before moving to Richmond last year, Phil spent two years in the Charlottesville office of the Legal Aid Justice Center, where he organized community forums of Hispanic/Latino residents and local police chiefs. He also developed a workshop to help Spanish-speaking immigrants execute powers of attorney to prepare for potential family emergencies like the detention, deportation, or medical incapacitation of a parent. He has led power of attorney workshops at Latino churches in Charlottesville, Richmond, and Chesterfield.
Deferred Action Program for Childhood Arrivals
Doug Ford, Attorney Director,
Immigration Clinic University of Virginia School of Law / Legal Aid Justice Center
Doug directs the Immigration Law Clinic with UVA Law School. Doug came to Legal Aid Justice Center after serving as Senior Research Associate and Deputy Director of Bosnia Projects for Physicians for Human Rights. He received his A.B. degree from Bowdoin College and his law degree from Northeastern University School of Law.
Christie Turner, Esq.
Staff Attorney – Catholic Charities’ Hogar Immigrant Services
Christie is a Staff Attorney at Catholic Charities’ Hogar Immigrant Services, where she has practiced immigration law for the last three years. Prior to her position at Hogar Immigrant Services, Christie was a Legal Fellow at the National Women’s Law Center. Christie attended the University of Texas School of Law, where she participated in the Immigration Clinic and the Transnational Worker Rights Clinic, and also served as a Human Rights Scholar. Christie has also served as a law student intern with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Catholic Charities of DC, and American Gateways of Austin, Texas.
Allison Rutland Soulen, Esq.
Director of Legal Services – Just Neighbors
Allison is graduated from the Yale Law School in 1989. She co-founded Just Neighbors in 1996 and has served on the Board of Directors when not on staff. Prior to her work with Just Neighbors, Ms. Rutland Soulen was a staff attorney at Neighborhood Legal Services in the Anacostia office in Washington, D.C. She previously worked at the Office of the General Counsel at Yale University and as a law clerk for The Honorable Ellen Bree Burns, U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.
Ben Neumeyer, Esq.
Ben is a fellow at the Legal Aid Justice Center. He began working with Latino immigrants as an intern at Ayuda, Inc. during college, and has since worked to expand their access to the justice system in diverse settings including East Bay Community Law Center in Berkeley, California, and at the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, DC. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and William and Mary Law School and is licensed in Virginia.