In light of Donald Trump’s recent executive orders (e.g. the Travel Ban) and promised actions to conduct mass deportations and “build a wall” along the U.S. border with Mexico; many organizations have been forced to pivot and find ways to address their clients’ fears and concerns around deportation and the division of their families and communities. It can be difficult for organizations to prioritize their traditional services in light of immigration actions that stand to undermine the community development work that they do. This session will focus on examples of what organizations and leaders in different communities across the United States are doing to support their immigrant constituents in the new Trump reality. It will also open up a forum for dialogue about what organizations can or perhaps should be doing to support their immigrant clients from both a direct service and policy advocacy point of view. When faced with an uphill battle, the instinct can sometimes be to freeze in the face of the hurdle. However, today’s times require proactive and courageous organizations. This session will provide participants with real examples and ideas for being just that.
Capacity Building: Sponsored by JPMorgan Chase