AUSTIN: DEPORTATION 101: The Fight Is Not Over! – June 12-13

DEPORTATION 101: The Fight Is Not Over!

Saturday, June 12, 2010 @ 10AM–5:30PM:  Mosaic Church, 5619 Airport Blvd.

Sunday, June 13, 2010 @ 2PM–5PM:  Space 12, 3121 E. 12th St.

Since 1996, more than 2 million people have been deported. Now, more than ever, Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) is using the criminal justice system to pick up immigrants for deportation through programs like 287(g), Secure Communities, and the Criminal Alien Program. Directly impacted people, service providers, organizers, advocates, and activists must confront deportation on a daily basis – often without the resources to deal with it. These programs and policies target our communities and it is time we equip ourselves with the tools to fight back. There are basic steps that we can ALL take to defend immigrant rights!

The topics discussed will include: the detention and deportation systems and local immigration enforcement programs, practical tips and advocacy strategies for those facing or at risk of deportation, local and national referrals and resources, ideas for addressing the needs of immigrant families and communities, current and future organizing strategies, and analyses of current immigration reform proposals.

**Travel Support is Available for Participants Outside of Austin**

Space is limited; therefore, registration in advance is required.  Suggested donation: $3-10 (sliding scale).

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

Name:___________________________________________          Phone Number:_______________________________________________

Address:_________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Email:____________________________________Organization Affiliation (if any):_________________________________________

Additional Info (wheelchair access, dietary restrictions, etc.):___________________________________________________

1.  Please select all that describe you:

q I am at risk for deportation

q I have loved ones who are at risk for deportation

q I am a member of, or receive services from, an immigrant rights organization

q I work for a nonprofit organization connected to immigration issues

2.  How would you best describe your familiarity with deportation and criminal immigration issues?

q I know little or nothing about immigration or criminal justice issues.

q I know basic facts about the criminal justice system, but not much about immigration.

q I know basic facts about detention/deportation, but not much about the criminal triggers.

q I have a good understanding of crime-related immigration matters.

3.  Rank the following from 1 to 7 (i.e., one being most important and 7 being least important) as to what information you are most Interested in obtaining from this training:

____     Preparing myself or my loved ones for defense against ICE

____     Learning strategies for organizing my community against detention and deportation policies

____     How to engage in immigration advocacy and to organize immigrant communities

____     Understanding how the deportation system works

____     Understanding the intersection between the criminal justice system and the immigration system

____     Understanding the future of legislative reform in the area of immigrant rights

____     How to advise my clients as to their rights when dealing with immigration matters

Please return your registration form to:

Sarah Carswell, Grassroots Leadership

Mail:  2604 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin, TX 78702

Email:  scarswell@grassrootsleadership.org

Fax:  512.472.9922

IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND ONE OR BOTH DAYS, PLEASE NOTIFY US IN ADVANCE SO THAT YOUR SEAT CAN BE OFFERED TO SOMEONE ELSE.

Sponsors:  American Gateways, Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition, Detention Watch Network, Families for Freedom, Grassroots Leadership, Immigrant defense Project, National Immigration Project, Pizza Patron, Texas Coffee Traders & Workers Defense Project/Proyecto Defensa Laboral

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