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Among a transgender population that is already marginalized, transgender immigrants face even higher risks of discrimination and violence in employment, housing, health care, when seeking services, and even in their own home. Trans immigrants often have limited support systems, and find themselves shut out of jobs or education that could provide them with better opportunities. They are commonly denied the right to seek asylum or to be sponsored for lawful permanent residence by a partner. When placed in immigration detention, they frequently faced inhumane and dangerous conditions. This report describes these challenges in greater detail to aid advocacy organizations and policy makers in considering trans immigrants’ rights in their work toward Comprehensive Immigration Reform.
U.S. Gallup polls indicate that individuals living in rural and small-town communities have a hostile view towards immigrants in the United States. In 2019 People’s Action launched a campaign in Michigan, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania with the goal of “building a bigger we”, or community development that includes immigrants and refugees. Through the utilization of deep canvassing, People’s Action hoped to reshape voters’ worldview and aid them in realizing that immigrants and people of color are not the drivers of scarcity and minimal job opportunities, but are equally impacted by the concentration of wealth in the hands of a few. The results of this campaign show that deep canvassing was effective in persuading voters of all backgrounds to become more supportive to immigrants.
One of the many ways to help a person facing deportation is to lift up their case publicly. The major organizing objectives of publicly lifting up an individual case are to connect the individual person’s imminent deportation and story to the larger local, regional and national immigration enforcement, and to bring public light and scrutiny to government immigration enforcement. Lifting up the individual case is an opportunity to hold DHS and other agencies accountable when abusive tactics and discriminatory patterns of enforcement are identified. This report serves as a guide to help select which cases to uplift and describes the planning and strategizing necessary for execution.
Organizers in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Nevada, and North Carolina conducted interviews with over 900 Latinx immigrants (including nearly 400 undocumented community members) about the important issues facing immigrant communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. This infographic features snippets of the stories shared; common themes include financial hardship and illness, compounded by a lack of government support.
For decades, advocates, activists, and organizations have deployed courtwatching as a tactic to achieve a wide variety of outcomes, such as ensuring a more transparent criminal legal system, reporting on judges or prosecutors, gathering information for a campaign, providing individual case support, increasing civic engagement, and guaranteeing policy implementation. This document is written for organizers who are thinking about using courtwatching as a tactic within a larger campaign strategy to dismantle the criminal legal or immigration systems. Specifically, this report provides an overview of various courtwatching models, lays out an array of feasibility questions to consider before committing to developing a program, and includes practical tips for courtwatching efforts that rely primarily on volunteers.
Latinos are the fastest-growing segment of America’s population, though many lack the necessary skills and education to meet the demands of industry and earn family sustaining wages. This report provides recommendations that can be taken in order to bridge the skills gap. These recommendations are guided by the idea that investment in the educating and advancing of Latino workers is necessary for economic recovery and sustainability, employment is an asset to higher education and career advancement (not a barrier), and that the skilled jobs of today require additional education beyond a diploma.
Sanctuary is a tool that provides a place of refuge and safety to those facing deportation. This report provides a brief history of the Sanctuary movement and outlines the resurgence of the Sanctuary movement under the Trump Administration. Additionally, this report calls for the protection and expansion of Sanctuary spaces, and provides tools and talking points to help achieve this goal.
In spite of overwhelming odds, some immigrants with minimal academic credentials are finding their way to college, entering post-secondary programs and earning credentials that provide them with the skills required to get and keep good jobs. They are doing so with the assistance of new and innovative partnerships among employers, community colleges, and community organizations that expand access to higher education for immigrants. Upon examining these partnerships, with a focus on the Hispanic immigrant adult population, this report outlines emerging lessons about successful partnerships and the recommendations for the field.
Connecticut’s Latinx and immigrant communities are being disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Make the Road Connecticut (MRCT) launched an impact survey to more fully understand key issues facing people of color and immigrants related to employment, housing, health, and economic security during the pandemic. The survey findings reveal widespread financial instability and hardship among Connecticut’s most vulnerable residents. Additionally, this report includes recommendations at the federal, state, and local level that policymakers must take to provide economic relief and protections for workers, keep community members in their homes, and ensure access to healthcare regardless of legal status.
This toolkit is designed to help strengthen the sanctuary and refugee rights movements by providing a platform to look at and strengthen sanctuary campaigns and policies through an anti-war lens. The goal is to highlight the role of the U.S.’ actions in producing migration; the multiple systems of oppression, both in home countries and in the United States that impact refugees and immigrants; and the challenge of working to support refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants in the context of on-going parallel threats to the safety and security of other vulnerable people, particularly in Indigenous and Black American communities. This toolkit includes several resources, including articles and discussion questions on migration, articles on U.S. militarism domestically and abroad, film suggestions related to refugees and immigrants, a guide to getting a sanctuary resolution passed in your city, outreach language including sample op-eds and press releases, and lastly, a list of relevant immigration/refugee/anti-war organizations.