Civic Ed Series: Immigration Workshop

Past event

Thursday, November 16, 2017

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
This course offers 4.0 contact hours

$99 for professionals and community members
$79 for DU affiliates* (DU faculty, staff and alumni)
$49 for current students (must provide a valid student ID at check-in)
There is a discounted price for the Healthcare Policy and Media course.
*Discounted pricing provided for GSSW affiliates generously sponsored by the Graduate School of Social Work.

Register here.

Course Description:

Many have called immigration the civil rights issue of our time. Certainly, it is one of the most emotional and divisive issues, begging uncomfortable questions about who we are as a people and how we relate to the rest of the world. Extremely limited ways to immigrate lawfully, rigorous enforcement of immigration laws, the rampant rise of immigration detention, massive numbers of deportations, and pervasive fear among immigrant communities are not new. Nonetheless, immigration policy under the Trump Administration is distinct. It is marked by moves to drastically expand who can be detained and deported, restrict legal immigration, ban entrants from particular countries, and strip previous protections for certain immigrants. What do allies of immigrants need to know about immigration law basics and current policies? How can social workers, service providers, educators, activists, and others responsibly accompany immigrants to stay safe and meet essential needs? How can concerned people engage in local movements to resist negative changes, preserve and enhance protections, and reframe the issues?

Join local advocates to answer these questions during a four-hour, interactive workshop. First, staff members of the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN)—provider of free immigration legal services to immigrant children and youth in Colorado and to detained immigrant adults—will guide participants to share their knowledge with each other by playing Immigration Bingo (prizes included!). Next, RMIAN social worker Megan Hope and RMIAN Children's Program attorney Lauren Duke will present Immigration 101: immigration status types and corresponding limitations and rights (including a basic overview of public benefits eligibility), government agencies involved in immigration services and enforcement, and immigration status options/forms of legal relief from deportation. Megan will explore special considerations when working with immigrant populations, including rights and risks involving detention and deportation, challenges of families with mixed status, and appropriate social service resources for undocumented immigrants. Lauren will provide a briefing on current immigration policy, including President Trump's executive orders on immigration enforcement and the rescission of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

The final part of the day will be led by Jennifer Piper of the American Friends Service Committee, which works to create a welcoming climate for all people by building broad support for immigrant justice. Jennifer will inform participants about local immigration policy advocacy efforts, including Colorado sanctuary cities and the Colorado Rapid Response Network. She will offer guidance on engaging in these and other civic movements for change.

Learning Objectives:

Participants in this course will:

Gain basic knowledge about immigration law, including status types, relevant government agencies, and dynamics of detention and deportation

Learn at least three ways to support immigrant communities to stay safe and meet basic needs

Get up to speed on major recent changes in federal immigration policy

Identify at least three ways to advocate for just immigration policies and practices

Instructor Biographies:

Megan Hope is the Social Service Project Director at the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN. She oversees the Social Service Project's provision of behavioral health support, legal case support, and release planning to particularly vulnerable adults in immigration detention. Megan also conducts legal orientation presentations and is a Board of Immigration Appeals accredited legal representative. For close to six years, she served as coordinator of RMIAN's Human Trafficking Project. Megan has worked with immigrant communities since 1995, including as a former staff member and current member of the board of directors of Annunciation House, Inc. in El Paso, Texas; migrant advocate, immigration paralegal, and grant writer with Legal Aid of Western Missouri's Migrant Farmworker Project; former board president and clinic coordinator of the Kansas City Worker Justice Center; and activist with other immigrant and worker rights organizations. For several years she conducted program evaluations of child sponsorship agencies in Latin America and Asia. She has a MA in Latin American Studies from the University of Kansas and MSW from the University of Denver.

Lauren Duke is an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow with the Children's Program at RMIAN. She provides know-your-rights presentations, intakes, referrals, and direct legal representation to unaccompanied children in deportation proceedings. Lauren first worked with RMIAN as a volunteer attorney, prior to joining the staff in 2016. She graduated from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law in 2014. During law school, Lauren worked for the Spanish Speaking Lawyers Association to increase access to legal services in the immigrant community. She also worked for the law school's civil litigation clinic, with a focus on immigrant victims of wage theft. Prior to law school, Lauren advocated for immigrants in Northwest Arkansas, where she established the first Spanish adult basic education program in the state. Prior to joining RMIAN, Lauren worked in private practice as an employment and civil litigation associate. Lauren graduated from the University of Arkansas with a dual degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies. She also received a Master's degree in Public Administration with a focus on non-profit management from the University of Arkansas.

Jennifer Piper was born and raised in Denver, where she grew up on Catholic social teachings in a union family. She graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Social Work. Jennifer put her degree to use working with youth at a group home and as a bilingual advocate at a shelter for survivors of domestic violence. Jennifer first became conscious about immigrant rights during her time in Peace Corps, Paraguay. In 2003, upon her return from Paraguay, she became a member of Coloradans for Immigrant Rights, a project of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). In 2005, she received her Master's in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University. After graduating, Jennifer worked as an auditor for the State of Colorado for two years before becoming paid staff at AFSC, as the Interfaith Organizing Director for Immigrant Rights. Her work focuses on fostering faith-based dialogue about, and faith based actions supporting, immigrants and immigration reform. She co-founded and coordinates the Metro Denver Sanctuary Coalition, 10 congregations working to embody the integrity of their faith traditions to proclaim and protect the dignity and worth of every human being. She received the 2010 Amos award from Lutheran Advocacy Ministry for her work on immigration.