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Sunday, February 05, 2017

ICE Raids in Austin Resources



The Commission on Immigrant Affairs exists to advise the City Council on issues of common concern to immigrants, particularly in the areas of health and human services, education, and the demographic makeup of the Austin immigrant community.


The Commission on Immigrant Affairs meets every 2nd Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, Room 1.027 

To view meeting documents for previous meetings, click here


Dear Austinites:

In light of the implementation of Sheriff Sally Hernandez's new policies regarding local law enforcement priorities, upcoming state legislative action around sanctuary cities, and the President's recent Executive Orders which include much more expanded priorities for enforcement, it it likely that we will see and can expect a change in how
immigration enforcement occurs in our communities. Thus more people may find themselves facing enforcement actions. In preparation for that, the following materials should be distributed widely to people who are concerned about increased immigration enforcement. 
 

Additional Resources are: 
·  Linea de Defensa Comunitaria (512-270-1515) Deportation crisis hotline for service providers to pass out to Spanish or English speaking clients. We can help people find loved ones in detention centers/county jails, connect to attorneys, find basic needs financial, food, etc. support, engage with a supportive community of others impacted, and access mental health care. Also seeking bilingual crisis hotline volunteers. Training provided.
·  Family Safety Planning ToolkitFormulario de Planificacion Familiar: This PDF toolkit, available in English and Spanish, was developed by the Immigrant Services Network of Austin to assist individuals and families with preparing to respond effectively in the event of raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The goals of the toolkit are to educate immigrants about their rights, and to assist individuals and families with an emergency plan for their household.
Thank you,

Austin Commission on Immigrant Affairs
Representation at City of Austin and Immigrant Related Events
The members of the Commission on Immigrant Affairs believe that it is our responsibility to be aware and informed of the issues that affect Austin's immigrant population. Thus we are readily available to attend City and Community immigrant-related events. Although we may not be able to attend all the events to which we are invited, please contact us if you know of an immigrant-related event for the Commissioners to attend. 

Your Input is Requested
The Commission on Immigrant Affairs is always looking to deepen its understanding of the dynamics that affect Austin's immigrant population. If you belong to or know of an organization that might be interested in speaking before the Commission on Immigrant Affairs or from whom the Commission should hear, please e-mail Staff Liaison Connie Gonzales.



Our mailing address is:
Austin Commission on Immigrant Affairs
301 W 2nd St
Austin, TX 78701





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Kindly, 
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Alba Donajhi Sereno Ruiz, MSSW, BBA, BSFA, BA
Vice Chair, City of Austin Commission on Immigrant Affairs (bc-alba.sereno@austintexas.gov
Community Director, GO!Austin/VAMOS!Austin (alba@marathonkids.org)
Adjunct Professor, The University of Texas School of Social Work
Board Member, Vision Zero ATX
Board Officer of Operations Furaha House African Family Center 
U.S. Mobile: +1(214) 799-3767

“Nunca me enseñó nada el orgullo individualista que se encastilla en el escepticismo para no ser solidario del sufrimiento humano.”-Neruda


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