Unlocking Our Power: Moving Pro-Immigrant Policies

October 15th & 19th

OaklandLos Angeles

The California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC) convenes bi-annual regional trainings on immigrant issues to deepen capacities of organizations and communities across California. This year’s all-day trainings will provide a basic and and introductory training on issue areas that encompass CIPC’s work. The training tracks and sessions are ideal for new advocates or for groups and individuals looking to refresh their information and legislative advocacy toolkit.
Oakland, CA

Thursday, Oct. 15th

8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Preservation Park

1204 Preservation Park Way

Oakland, CA 94612

Los Angeles, CA

Monday, Oct. 19th

8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Center at Cathedral Plaza

555 W. Temple St

Los Angeles, CA 90012

REGISTRATION

Trainings feature a morning and afternoon session, and a morning and lunch plenary. Materials for the trainings, as well as a light breakfast and lunch are included in the registration fee.

PARTIAL REGISTRATION

Includes all training materials for the sessions selected. Breakfast, lunch, and plenaries are not included in registration for individual sessions.

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED

If you are interested in attending the Los Angeles training, please email Steven Sepulveda at ssepulveda@caimmigrant.org.

Regular: $80

Student: $60 (Please email ssepulveda@caimmigrant.org, must show student ID)

CIPC Members: $55 (Please email membership@caimmigrant.org for your registration code)

Partial Registration: One Session: $25

                                     Two Sessions: $50


SCHEDULE

8:30am – 9:15  – Registration
9:15am – 10:00am - Morning Plenary
10:15am – 11:45am  – AM Training Session
11:45 – 12:15 – Lunch
12:15pm – 1:15pm – Lunch Plenary
1:30pm – 3:00pm – PM Training Session
3:00pm – 3:30pm – Closing

TRACKS & SESSION DESCRIPTIONS

ADVOCATING FOR IMMIGRANT RIGHTS

An introductory look at the California legislative and budget process and use a recent case example, the ONE California budget proposal, to demonstrate the development of a statewide campaign.

Click below for session descriptions:

AM: Session 1

Advocacy 101: Standing Up for Immigrant Communities

This workshop provides an overview of basic and key strategies for legislative advocacy. Enhance your organization’s ability to talk about key immigrant issues to policymakers and elected officials by learning how our state budget process works, how a bill becomes a law, and the most effective ways to educate our state leaders about what matters most to your community.

Speakers

Los Angeles:

Carlos Amador (Lead Organizer, California Immigrant Policy Center)

Betzabel Estudillo (Health Policy Coordinator, California Immigrant Policy Center)

Oakland:

 Santosh Seeram-Santana (Legislative Advocate, Asian and Pacific Islander Budget Partnership)

Gina Da Silva (Policy Advocate, California Immigrant Policy Center)

PM: Session 2

Advocacy 102: Developing Strategies to Win

How do you build a budget advocacy campaign on the issues that make a difference to immigrant communities? From crafting a policy proposal to building support and designing a communications strategy, this workshop will walk you through the steps of developing a winning campaign through the examination of a case budget proposal campaign-the ONE California: Coordinating Citizenship & Immigration Assistance proposal

Speakers

Oakland:

Gina Da Silva (Policy Advocate, California Immigrant Policy Center)

Santosh Seeram-Santana (Legislative Advocate, Asian and Pacific Islander Budget Partnership)

Los Angeles:

Carlos Amador (Lead Organizer, California Immigrant Policy Center)

Gina Da Silva (Policy Advocate, California Immigrant Policy Center)

HEALTH & PUBLIC BENEFITS

These sessions will provide an overview of immigrant eligibility for public and health programs in California as well as advocacy efforts to expand healthcare to all Californians. Session participants will learn how to navigate the public benefits systems. Trainers will also share helpful resources and insight on the Affordable Care Act and the Health4All Campaign to expand healthcare to undocumented immigrants in California.

Click below for session descriptions:

AM: Session 1

Immigrant Eligibility for Public Benefits in California

What public benefits are immigrant families in California eligible for? What health programs are available to immigrant families, children, and the elderly? In this informative session, you will learn about various programs available to immigrant families, including health for all children, program eligibility, and how to navigate the public benefits system.

Speakers

Los Angeles:

Gabrielle Lessard (Health Policy Attorney, National Immigration Law Clinic)

Oakland:

Betzabel Estudillo (Health Policy Coordinator, California Immigrant Policy Center)

Tanya Broder (Senior Staff Attorney, National Immigration Law Clinic)

PM: Session 2

Post-ACA California: Health Opportunities for Immigrant Families & Health for All

Prior to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) nearly a third of California’s immigrants were without health insurance. California has come a long way, with over three million Californians now accessing health care coverage either through the Covered CA marketplace, or Medi-Cal. But what health opportunities are available for undocumented and uninsured Californians? This session will cover the ACA’s impact on immigrant communities, California’s safety nets and care to the remaining uninsured, and efforts to expand health coverage for all Californians, regardless of immigration status.

Speakers

Los Angeles:

Betzabel Estudillo (Health Policy Coordinator, California Immigrant Policy Center)

Muneera Gardezi (Community Organizer, Health Access)

Seth Ronquillo (Communications Coordinator, Dream Resource Center)

Oakland:

Betzabel Estudillo (Health Policy Coordinator, California Immigrant Policy Center)

Rose Auguste (Regional Organizer, Health Access)

INTRODUCTION TO DETENTION AND DEPORTATION

These sessions will provide a foundation and framework for better understanding detention and deportation and it’s harmful impacts on communities across the state. Participants will learn about the basics of immigration law pertaining specifically to detention and deportation and the various impacts of federal, state, and local laws. Trainers will also share strategies to push back against the deportation machine.

Click below for session descriptions:

AM: Session 1

Knowing the Basics: Detention and Deportation 101

This session will examine the intersection of immigration law and the criminal justice system.  Participants will learn about the unfair laws that have led to this merger of systems as well as the federal, state, and local programs that have been implemented recently. Participants will also learn about recent state-level policies that have worked to push back against anti-immigrant policies.

Speakers

Los Angeles:

Shiu-Ming Cheer (Immigration Attorney, National Immigration Law Center)

Oakland:

Laura Polstein (Immigration Attorney, Centro Legal de la Raza)

PM: Session 2

What Can You Do? Strategies of Resistance

This session will provide participants with the terminology and actors involved in the system, as well as further explain the lack of due process for immigrants in detention and those in deportation proceedings. Participants will learn about how harmful many policies have been for immigrant communities and local strategies that have been employed by community groups in how to resist and push back against this unjust system.

Speakers

Los Angeles:

Edna Monroy (Southern CA Coordinator, California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance)

Oakland:

Sandy Valenciano (Northern Organizer, California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance)

PLENARY INFO

LUNCH PLENARY

“Keeping the Momentum – Continuing California’s Path on Pro-immigrant Policy & Investments”

This plenary presentation will begin with an analysis of this year’s momentous victories as well as challenges within legislative and budget campaigns in California. We will follow with a conversation about the contextual challenges that affect California’s continued leadership on pro-immigrant policies and investments.

Panelists will discuss the status of administrative relief programs expanded DACA/DAPA, challenges at the state and local level to derail detainer policies, and what work lies ahead to continue progressive pro-immigrant state and local policies and inclusive investments that will ensure a healthy and thriving future for California.

See below for info on Lunch Plenary speakers in Oakland and Los Angeles:

 

Oakland Panel

  • Betzabel Estudillo (Health Policy Coordinator, California Immigrant Policy Center)
  • Gabriela Villareal (Policy Manager, California Immigrant Policy Center)
  • Gina Da Silva (Policy Advocate, California Immigrant Policy Center)
  • Grisel Ruiz (Staff Attorney, Immigrant Legal Resource Center)
  • Pete Woiwode (Director, California Partnership)
  • Priya Murthy (Policy and Organizing Program Director, Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN))

Los Angeles Panel

  • Betzabel Estudillo (Health Policy Coordinator, California Immigrant Policy Center)
  • Gabriela Villareal (Policy Manager, California Immigrant Policy Center)
  • Gina Da Silva (Policy Advocate, California Immigrant Policy Center)
  • Myra Gissel Durán (Policy Manager, California Latinas for Reproductive Justice)
  • Olga Tomchin (Deportation Defense Coordinator & Staff Attorney, National Day Laborer Organizing Network)
  • Shiu-Ming Cheer (Immigration Attorney, National Immigration Law Center)