Panel Discussion on Immigration Reform in 2013

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 11:00am


Room 350, Massachusetts State House
Boston , MA

Panel Discussion on Immigration Reform in 2013 with Just Communities/Comunidades Justas

What are our expectations about real changes in our immigration system?
What work should the organized immigrant community continue doing this 2013 to advance a pro-immigrant a social and economic justice agenda?
This administration has being focusing on enforcement only and more than one million immigrants were deported from the U.S during this administration. Does the government has the political will to make structural and positive changes to our immigration system? 
President Obama won office again with 71 percent of the Latino vote. He has pledged to reform current immigration law.
The panelists:
Lena Graber is a Criminal Justice Fellow at the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild. Lena Graber’s work seeks to reduce the government’s abuse of immigration detainers–a tool used to maintain custody of potentially deportable individuals in local jails or prisons nationwide. Her work combines advocacy, technical assistance, and litigation to curb the excessive and unlawful detention of immigrants caused by detainers; as well as to separate state and local policing from immigration enforcement. Lena previously worked at the National Immigration Forum in Washington, D.C., where she helped coordinate national advocacy to improve border enforcement policy, analyzed federal budget and appropriations on immigration issues, and sought less punitive immigration enforcement policies at the national level.
Oscar Chacon currently serves as Executive Director of the National Alliance of Latin American & Caribbean Communities (NALACC). Until December, 2006, Mr. Chacon was the director of Enlaces América, a project of the Chicago-based Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights. Mr. Chacón served for most of the 1990's as executive director of Centro Presente in Cambridge, Massachusetts and served for many years as president of the Salvadoran American National Network (SANN). Mr. Chacon is a frequent lecturer in national and international conferences, as well as a media spokesperson on Latino immigrant issues in the U.S. NALACC, is a transnational network of community-based, Latino and Caribbean immigrant-led organizations, that is committed to building a more just society and seeks to raise the quality of life for immigrant communities in the United States, as well as communities in migrant-sending countries in Latin America.
Sarahi Uribe has made significant contributions to both the local and national struggles for immigrant rights. The daughter of immigrants, Sarahi attended Yale University where she worked for the immigrant community group Junta and was part of the historic campaign to win municipal ID cards for all New Haven residents, regardless of status. Prior to joining NDLON, Sarahi worked as a daylaborer organizer in Washington DC where she combatted wage theft and severe labor abuses.  She is currently the National Campaign Coordinator at the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON).  At NDLON she's lead a national campaign to expose the misnamed "Secure Communities" deportation program resulting in a formal federal investigation into Immigration and Customs Enforcement's lies.
For more information, please contact: pmontes@cpresente.orgPatricia Montes