8:30 AM – 9:00 AM – Welcome, Objectives, and Agenda Overview
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM – Understanding Immigration in the US and the Current Crisis
Learn about immigration history, myths, and facts impacting refugee families. An overview of the immigration crisis from the national and local levels will be provided. Key advocates in the work and resources will be highlighted.
10:15 AM – 11:30 AM – Deriving a Legal and Policy Perspective
During this session, a team of legal experts will provide a survey of immigration law and policies which provide opportunities and barriers for families. The panel will also discuss how people can immigrate legally to the US or get legal status and the changing dynamics of the deportation policies on vulnerable persons.
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM – Special Remarks from David Bradley, NCAF
12:15 PM – 1:15 PM – Community Action Immigration Stories
Community Action leaders from around the country will share their stories of supporting families, best practices for navigating “systems” and lessons learned.
9:00 AM – 9:15 AM – What We Know Now
Engage in a recap of learning and resources thus far and review the upcoming summit agenda objectives.
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM – Education: An Opportunity Pathway for Families
This session will highlight barriers to accessing education and feature transformation stories related to early childhood education and models for increasing access to college/trade school for adults.
3:15 PM – 4:30 PM – Making the Case & Changing the Narrative
This session will highlight the impact of living in a community without legal status, barriers facing immigrant families, and the case for a humanitarian response to the immigration crisis. Additionally, racial bias and cultural stigma and culturally informed strategies for navigating institutional barriers and social isolation will be highlighted.