Immigrant Integration Policy Symposium

Oct 31, 2017 at 8:30 AM
Rush Hospital
1725 W. Harrison St.
Chicago, IL 60612
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Join us on Tuesday, October 31 at the ICIRR Immigrant Integration Policy Symposium! The symposium is an annual gathering of key stakeholders in 5 policy areas most crucial to the integration and prosperity of immigrant families in Illinois. Our goal is to engage the best minds from diverse fields – government, business, social services, philanthropy, labor, and the community – in conversations that produce serious policy goals and direction for moving towards those goals.

Click here to register by Oct 26th for ICIRR's 2017 Symposium!

ICIRR is proud to host Juan Salgado, Chancellor of the City Colleges of Chicago, as Keynote Speaker, and Kim Foxx, Cook County State's Attorney for a special address at our 2017 Symposium

Plenary Session:

Building Alliances Across Communities and Issues 

Given the changes in the national political landscape including the upsurge in white supremacist groups, this panel will discuss the threats on their respective communities and what they are doing to push back and to build power. Specifically, panelists will talk about their experiences in building alliances across communities and issue campaigns, and the inherent challenges and lessons-learned in being a good ally.  

Plenary speakers includeJawanza Malone, Executive Director, Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO), Mony Ruiz-Velasco, Executive Director, West Suburban Action Project (PASO), Kristina Tendilla, Community Organizer, Asian Americans Advancing Justice I Chicago (AAAJ), Sarah Yousuf, Policy Associate, United Congress for Community and Religious Organizations (UCCRO), Suzanne Akhras Sahloul, Executive Director, Syrian Community Network 
Moderated by: Alejandra Ibañez, Lead Program Officer, Woods Fund of Chicago

Plenary speakers includeJawanza Malone, Executive Director, Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO), Mony Ruiz-Velasco, Executive Director, West Suburban Action Project (PASO), Kristina Tendilla, Community Organizer, Asian Americans Advancing Justice I Chicago (AAAJ), Sarah Yousuf, Policy Associate, United Congress for Community and Religious Organizations (UCCRO), Suzanne Akhras Sahloul, Executive Director, Syrian Community Network 
Moderated by: Alejandra Ibañez, Lead Program Officer, Woods Fund of Chicago

Policy Sessions Include:

Building Resilience in Our Communities by Increasing Health Care Access    
Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation in 2014, health insurance coverage has improved for both immigrants and the U.S. born. However, undocumented and DACA-recipient individuals are ineligible for the ACA. This session will explore solutions to increase access to health care for everyone, how to make health institutions welcoming for all, and will analyze changes to Medicaid and ongoing language-access barriers, as well as the mental health needs of DACA-recipients and their families.

College Access for Undocumented Students: Educating and Empowering Allies on Resources for Undocumented Students
Undocumented students represent one of the most vulnerable groups served by educational institutions in the U.S. Under the current administration, undocumented students also have an additional level of stress due to the rescindment of DACA, fear of deportation, and anti-immigrant rhetoric. This session will address how educational institutions can best serve undocumented students in the current political context by providing examples of best practices and sparking a dialogue around what legislative solutions can help to bolster the work happening in classrooms.

Moving Immigrant Lives Forward: Opportunities for Positive Change in a New Administration
This session will review the threats that immigrant families and communities face under the current Administration and existing laws, policies, and practices.  We will also describe work that is already underway to empower immigrants to learn and assert their legal rights, get legal counsel, and win local policies (such as welcoming ordinances and the TRUST Act) that protect our communities.  This session will discuss further opportunities to change public policies and discourse to welcome and respect immigrants.

Democracy, Demographics and Data: Understanding Immigrant Civic Engagement as We Move Towards 2020
This session will explore the impact that electoral policies and the shift in demographics and the current political landscape have and will continue to have on immigrant civic engagement. The panel of experts will also help us understand how current and future voter access policies and the way such policies are implemented may serve to facilitate or discourage immigrant political participation.

Equity for Human Services: A Common Sense Approach to Illinois’ Budget Crisis
Illinois has faced a manufactured state budget crisis for three years in a row, resulting in steep deficits and deep cuts to human services.  The not for profit infrastructure that serves our state’s vulnerable populations has suffered under the financial strain of continued political instability. However, a solution does exist that moves beyond politics and provides an equitable budget that is fair to all and supports our most at risk communities.  The panel of distinguished speakers will explore the issues affecting human services and the common sense solutions to a seemingly intractable budget problem.

Click here to register by Oct 26th for ICIRR's 2017 Symposium!

$40 for Non-ICIRR members
$25 for ICIRR members

For more information

Luvia Quinones
lquinones@icirr.org
312-332-7360 x221

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