Fresno establishes ‘long overdue’ immigration committee — but it has no funding

BY YESENIA AMARO, Fresno Bee

FEBRUARY 17, 2019 06:00 AM,

UPDATED FEBRUARY 17, 2019 02:08 PM

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Fresno immigrant advocates believe a “long overdue” new advisory committee will make a dent on issues affecting the local immigrant community — despite having no funding attached.

The Fresno City Council on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution to establish a 15-member immigrant affairs committee. The committee will be tasked with advising the City Council on issues related to immigrants, according to the resolution. 

In June 2017, the City Council turned down a proposal to establish a legal defense fund for immigrants facing deportation.

The proposal asked for the city to include $200,000 in its 2017-18 budget for its contribution to the public-private legal fund that had been pushed by immigration and civil rights advocates.

Some acknowledged that not having to make an upfront funding commitment for the advisory committee might have played a role in the unanimous support for Thursday’s resolution. 

Samuel Molina, state director for Mi Familia Vota, said he and others had been advocating for the committee for about a year and a half. 

“It’s long overdue,” Molina said.

While he agreed that having no funding attached might have contributed to the passage of the resolution, he believes the committee can accomplish several things.

For example, it shows the immigrant community that the City Council stands with them and takes their concerns seriously, he said. The committee has the potential to address several issues within the immigrant community, like transition into citizenship and language barriers.

Plus, similar committees in other jurisdictions have shown to be effective. “Committees have worked to develop strategic plans on addressing immigrant issues and needs,” he said.

Council Member Luis Chavez said the city has to start somewhere when it comes to communicating with the immigrant community and including immigrants in the city’s decision-making process.

“This is a way to bring them to the table,” he said. “I think what we are trying to do here, is the first step in building a bridge with city hall and the immigrant community.”

Each council member will nominate two members and the mayor will appoint one, Chavez said. All committee members are expected to be in place by the end of March or early April, and the group will start its work soon after that. 

The committee’s meetings will be subject to the Brown Act and will be open to the public, according to the resolution.

Eliseo V. Gamino, chair of the Central Valley Leadership Roundtable, said he hopes the committee will have resources and accountability. 

The committee should be based on assistance and in “helping keep families together” – a need that has recently been illustrated with the case of a Navy veteran who fears could be deported, Gamino said. 

But Gamino said the committee does need adequate resources to be effective. 

“It has to have appropriate resources and accountability goals to help families stay... together and avoid deportation without due process,” he said. 

Chavez said the committee will have city hall resources, as well as access to department heads, the city’s attorney’s office and access to his personal office. 

Issues the advisory committee can help address, Chavez said, range from long wait times for international flights at the Fresno International Airport due to an inadequate number of U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers, to offering English as a Second Language (ESL) classes and making citizenship classes more widely available. 

The legal defense fund is an issue the committee could bring back to the table as well, he said. 

Maricela Gutierrez, executive director with Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Services (SIREN), applauded the new committee. 

“I think this is a step in the right direction,” she said. “Our wish and dream is that one day there is actually an office of immigrants and refugee affairs.”


Read more here: https://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/article226344450.html

Gutiérrez: Immigrants hold the power with our vote

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SIREN started the 2019 year in the immigrant and refugees rights movement with the federal government in a partial shutdown, where more than 800,000 federal workers were working without pay due to a failure between President Donald Trump and Congress to compromise over a useless and unnecessary border wall.

And on January 25, after 35 days of the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, a budget continuing resolution was passed to open the government for another three weeks — without funding for the border wall.

From the resistance by members of Congress who refused to give in to Trump’s border demands, a major theme rang true — immigrant voters helped put Congress in a position to resist this discriminatory and racist wall.

For the November 2018 midterm elections, we saw record voter turnout among immigrants on the regional, state, and national level. Though SIREN doesn’t engage voters on behalf of candidates, we heard the frustration from voters in those districts where incumbent members of Congress lost.

Our volunteers made more than 80,000 phone calls to Congressional Districts 10 and 21, who were represented by Rep. Jeff Denham and Rep. David Valadao, respectively, this past election. The number one concern voiced by immigrant voters was how Congress wasn’t doing enough for immigrants.

From not protecting immigrant youth by failing to pass a clean DREAM Act to not pushing back against Trump’s draconian immigration executive orders, immigrant voters shared their disapproval for their members of Congress and their empty promises. As a result, the two incumbents lost their congressional seats this past November, along with other incumbents across the state and country.

San Joaquin Valley’s elected officials must stand up for immigrants

San Joaquin Valley’s elected officials must stand up for immigrants

BY MARICELA GUTIÉRREZ 

SEPTEMBER 04, 2018 11:47 AM,

UPDATED SEPTEMBER 04, 2018 10:47 AM

Pro-ICE supporter Ben Bergquam, left, and Jaimie Loza, right, who spoke out for immigrant rights, have a heated exchange at the community rally outside the Hall of Records building, Tuesday Aug 8, 2018. The demonstration was held to protest recent arrests by ICE agents at the Fresno County Courthouse.    JOHN WALKER    FRESNO BEE FILE

Pro-ICE supporter Ben Bergquam, left, and Jaimie Loza, right, who spoke out for immigrant rights, have a heated exchange at the community rally outside the Hall of Records building, Tuesday Aug 8, 2018. The demonstration was held to protest recent arrests by ICE agents at the Fresno County Courthouse. JOHN WALKER FRESNO BEE FILE

Since mid-July, Immigration and Custom Enforcement officials have been making arrests at Fresno’s courthouses, violating people’s right to due process and continuing to stoke fear within the immigrant community. It’s no coincidence that Fresno County is home to one of the fiercest in-state critics of California’s sanctuary policies, Sheriff Margaret Mims, who has proudly announced that her deputies and ICE have a strong working relationship. Though she claims that she is complying with state laws, the experience of community members in the Valley proves that there continues to be tight entanglement between her office and ICE. In our daily interactions with the immigrant community, providing legal services and know your rights trainings, we have heard more and more stories about a growing fear of contacting local law enforcement because of legitimate concerns of potential deportation.

The Central Valley is being acutely impacted by Trump’s war on immigrants – so much so that my organization, the Services, Immigrant Rights & Education Network is poised to open a new office in Fresno due to increased demand. I have witnessed the plight of immigrants in our community firsthand since I was young. I grew up in the Fresno area as the daughter of immigrant farmworkers, hearing the stories of abusive employers and seeing my family and neighbors racially profiled by police and targeted by ICE. Now, as the executive director of SIREN, an immigrant and refugee rights advocacy organization, I’ve been connecting with many people who have been swept up by ICE in their brutal campaign.


SIREN Condemns National Emergency Declaration on Border Wall // SIREN condena Declaración Nacional de Emergencia en El Muro Fronterizo

For Immediate Release: Friday, February 15, 2019

Contact: mediainquiries@siren-bayarea.org; (408) 453-3003

 

Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN) Condemns National Emergency Declaration on Border Wall

Congress must be bold in fighting against Trump’s racist agenda

Today, Trump declared a national emergency to create a border wall. Despite members of Congress on both sides of the aisle caving into his demands for funding for immigration enforcement and detention yesterday, he continues to advance his white supremacist agenda to further militarize the border, dehumanize immigrants and refugees, and play up the politics of racism and fear. By making this emergency declaration, he is openly undermining Congress and will immediately face challenges in court.

The following is a statement from Maricela Gutiérrez, Executive Director of SIREN:

“The true emergencies are the rampant detention and deportation of immigrants, turning back of asylum-seekers, and the lives of DACA-recipients and TPS holders being in limbo since this Administration took office.  It is disturbing, yet not surprising, that Trump is willing to take unilateral and unconstitutional steps to get his racist wall - especially after Congress abandoned the immigrant community and shamefully handed him more money for detention beds, immigration agents, and border barriers yesterday. While we look forward to supporting efforts to challenge Trump’s declaration in court, it is imperative that our members of Congress show courage and remain accountable to their constituents by taking steps to reverse this dangerous declaration and completely defunding ICE and CBP. ”

Help support our efforts to #DefundHate and fight back against Trump’s attacks on immigrant and refugee communities by making a donation to SIREN today.

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La Red de Servicios, Derechos de los Inmigrantes y Educación (SIREN) condena Declaración Nacional de Emergencia en El Muro Fronterizo
El Congreso debe ser audaz en la lucha contra la agenda racista de Trump

Hoy, Trump hizo una declaración de emergencia nacional para crear un muro fronterizo. A pesar de que los miembros del Congreso a ambos lados del pasillo se hundieron en sus demandas de fondos para la aplicación de la ley de inmigración y la detención ayer, continúa avanzando en su agenda de supremacía blanca para militarizar aún más la frontera, deshumanizar a los inmigrantes y refugiados, y poner en práctica la política de racismo y temor. Al hacer esta declaración de emergencia, está socavando abiertamente al Congreso e inmediatamente enfrentará desafíos en la corte.

La siguiente es una declaración de Maricela Gutiérrez, Directora Ejecutiva de SIREN:

“Las verdaderas emergencias son la detención y deportación desenfrenada de inmigrantes, el rechazo de los solicitantes de asilo y las vidas de los beneficiarios de DACA y los titulares de TPS que están en el limbo desde que esta Administración asumió el cargo. Es preocupante, pero no sorprendente, que Trump esté dispuesto a tomar medidas unilaterales e inconstitucionales para obtener su muro racista, especialmente después de que el Congreso abandonó a la comunidad de inmigrantes y le entregó vergonzosamente más dinero para camas de detención, agentes de inmigración y barreras fronterizas ayer. Si bien esperamos apoyar los esfuerzos para desafiar la declaración de Trump en la corte, es imperativo que nuestros miembros del Congreso demuestren valor y sean responsables ante sus electores al tomar medidas para revertir esta peligrosa declaración y eliminar completamente el ICE y el CBP. ”

Apoye nuestros esfuerzos para #DefundirElOdio y luchar contra los ataques de Trump contra las comunidades de inmigrantes y refugiados haciendo una donación a SIREN hoy.

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SIREN is an immigrant rights organization based in Northern California and the Central Valley. Its mission is to empower low-income immigrants and refugees through community education and organizing, leadership development, policy advocacy, civic engagement and legal services. We believe that all people regardless of legal status or nationality are entitled to essential services, human dignity, basic rights and protections, and access to full participation in society.




Maricela Gutiérrez - Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network
http://siren.nationbuilder.com/

Donate to SIREN and give the gift of opportunity.
The opportunity to LEAD. DREAM. VOTE. 

SIREN JANUARY 2019 NEWSLETTER // SIREN BOLETÍN DE ENERO 2019

Queridos Amigos,

El equipo de SIREN ha comenzado el año nuevo con nuestro compromiso y dedicación renovados a las comunidades a las que servimos. En este momento en que el presidente está presionando obsesivamente por un muro inútil, más que nunca, ¡debemos levantarnos y luchar por políticas respetuosas, humanas y que mantengan a las familias unidas! SIREN continuará luchando ferozmente por los inmigrantes y refugiados a través de nuestro trabajo en el empoderamiento de nuestros jóvenes y comunidades, los servicios legales, la defensa de políticas y el compromiso cívico.

A medida que comenzamos un nuevo capítulo emocionante, aquí hay un breve resumen de algunos de nuestros logros más orgullosos del 2018:

  • Expansión de SIREN y apertura de nuestra oficina en el Valle Central para servir a las comunidades más necesitadas.

  • Expansión de nuestro equipo legal que continúa luchando con éxito por nuestros clientes.

  • Organización de innumerables acciones este año para promover DACA / Clean Dream Act, Abolish ICE, Carga Pública (Public Charge), Defund Hate y otros.

  • Más de 1,000 voluntarios nuevos que hablan español, farsi y vietnamita reclutados, capacitados y movilizados para apoyar nuestro trabajo.

  • Ofrecimos asistencia legal directa y representación a más de 5,000 personas.

  • Más de 15,000 textos por medio de nuestra red SIREN para informar y educar sobre temas importantes.

  • Dirigimos la capacitación y apoyamos a cientos de líderes juveniles, incluyendo 90 participantes del Instituto de Verano para la Liberación Juvenil.

  • Más de 15,000 jóvenes y nuevos ciudadanos estadounidenses fueron registrados para votar.

  • Más de 130,000 llamadas telefónicas para informar y activar a los votantes de baja propensión en el norte de California y Valle Central.

¡Les agradecemos por prestar su apoyo como voluntario, donante, patrocinador, aliado y amigo! Es gracias a ustedes que podemos continuar expandiendo nuestro trabajo e impacto cada año. Los invitamos a continuar apoyando nuestra valiosa misión hoy.

Con amor y justicia,

Maricela Gutiérrez

Dear Friends,

The SIREN team has begun the New Year with a renewed commitment and dedication to the many communities that we serve. At a time when the present administration is obsessively pushing for a useless wall, more than ever, we must rise up and fight for policies that are respectful, humane, and keep families together! SIREN will continue to fight fiercely for immigrants and refugees through our legal services, policy advocacy, civic engagement and through our community organizing with our multiracial and intergenerational leaders at the forefront.

As we begin an exciting new chapter, here is a brief recap of some of our proudest accomplishments in 2018:

  • SIREN expanded and opened an office in the Central Valley Office to serve communities in most need.

  • Expanded our legal team that continues to successfully fight for our clients.

  • Mobilized countless of directly impacted community members to take action and advocate for a Clean Dream Act, Abolish ICE, Public Charge, Defund Hate and more.

  • Over 1,000 new Spanish, Farsi and Vietnamese speaking volunteers recruited, trained, and mobilized to support our work.

  • Provided direct legal assistance and representation to over 5,000 individuals.

  • Over 15,000 texts sent to our SIREN network to inform and educate on important issues.

  • Led trainings to support hundreds of youth leaders, including 90 Youth Liberation Summer Institute participants.

  • Over 15,000 youth and new American citizens registered to vote.

  • Over 130,000 phone contacts made to inform and activate low propensity voters in Northern California and the Central Valley.

We thank you for lending your support as a volunteer, donor, sponsor, ally, and friend! It is because of your contributions that we can continue to expand our work and impact every year. We invite you to continue to support our valuable mission today.

With love and justice,

Maricela Gutiérrez


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LANZAMIENTO DE CLÍNICAS DE DEFENSA DE DEPORTACIÓN EN EL VALLE CENTRAL


En 2018, celebramos la apertura de nuestra oficina del Valle Central y la comunidad nos acogió con entusiasmo. Hoy, estamos orgullosos de anunciar el lanzamiento de nuestras Clínicas de Defensa de Deportación, que brindarán asesoría legal gratuita a personas necesitadas en todo el Valle Central todos los martes de 9:00am a 4:00pm y talleres, Conozca sus Derechos, cada martes a las 10:00am.

“SIREN se complace en ser el primero en brindar este tipo de servicio en el Valle Central. Nuestra comunidad ha estado desatendida durante demasiado tiempo. Es a través de nuestro sistema legal que podemos tener un impacto profundo en la vida de muchas personas y tenemos un equipo legal fenomenal que está liderando el camino," dijo Maricela Gutiérrez, Directora Ejecutiva de SIREN.

Además de las Clínicas de Defensa de Deportación semanales, SIREN continuará ofreciendo un taller mensual de asilo el cuarto sábado del mes de 10:00am a 2:00pm.

“Es extremadamente importante que las personas entiendan sus derechos y que obtengan asesoría legal de expertos legales calificados. SIREN está aquí para responder a sus preguntas y brindar orientación a cualquier persona que lo necesite," dijo el abogado Jesús Martínez.

Para obtener más información, envíenos un correo electrónico a centralvalley@siren-bayarea.org.

LAUNCH OF FREE REMOVAL DEFENSE CLINICS IN THE CENTRAL VALLEY


In 2018, we celebrated the opening of our Central Valley office and were warmly embraced by the community. Today, we are proud to announce the launch of our Removal Defense Clinics, which will provide free legal counsel to people in need throughout the Central Valley the clinics will take place every Tuesday from 9:00am to 4:00pm and and Know Your Rights workshops every Tuesday at 10:00am.

“SIREN is excited to be the first to provide these types of services in the Central Valley. Our community has been underserved for far too long. It is through our legal system and community lawyering that we can make a profound impact on people’s lives and we have an phenomenal legal team that is leading the way,” said Maricela Gutiérrez, SIREN’s Executive Director.

In addition to the weekly Removal Defense Clinics, SIREN will continue to offer our Free monthly Asylum Legal Clinics on the fourth Saturday of the month from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

“It is tremendously important that people understand their rights and that they obtain legal advice from qualified legal experts. SIREN is here to answer questions and provide guidance to anyone in need,” said Staff Attorney Jesus Martínez.

For more information, email us at centralvalley@siren-bayarea.org.


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DEMOS LA BIENVENIDA A CINDY HER 


Únase a nosotros para dar la bienvenida a nuestra nueva colega en el Valle Central, Cindy Her. Nació y se crió en Fresno, es la menor de 8 hermanos y la tercera en ir a la universidad en su familia. Actualmente es estudiante de segundo año en la Universidad Estatal de Fresno con especialización en desarrollo infantil y minoría en Hmong. Su objetivo es convertirse en maestra y defensora de la comunidad Hmong.

“Trabajar con SIREN me ha ayudado a comprender lo poco que sabe la comunidad sobre sus derechos constitucionales. Al crecer en una comunidad donde somos una minoría, quiero ayudar a mi comunidad con todo lo que pueda a través de SIREN. Estoy extremadamente emocionada y honrada de ser parte del equipo de SIREN," dijo Cindy.

WELCOME TO FELLOW CINDY HER  


Join us in welcoming our new Fellow for the Central Valley, Cindy Her. She was born and raised in Fresno, is the youngest of 8, and the third to go to college in her family. She is currently a sophomore at Fresno State University majoring in child development and minoring in Hmong. Her goal is to become a teacher and an advocate for the Hmong community.

“Working with SIREN has helped open my eyes to so much about how little the community knows about their constitutional rights. Growing up in a community where we are the minority, I want to help my community with all that I can through SIREN. I am extremely excited and honored to be a part of the SIREN team!,” said Cindy.


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AYUDE A UN PADRE INMIGRANTE EN DETENCIÓN

Estamos recolectando donaciones para apoyar a un padre inmigrante detenido en el Centro de Detención de Adelanto. Les agradeceremos mucho su apoyo. ¡Done aquí!

Preguntas? info@sirenbayarea.org

HELP AN IMMIGRANT FAMILY IN NEED


We are collecting donations to support a loving immigrant father detained at Adelanto Detention Center. All donations are welcome. Donate here!

Questions? Email info@sirenbayarea.org


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HELP AN IMMIGRANT YOUNG MAN IN DETENTION

We are collecting donations to support a young man who is being detained at Mesa Verde Detention Center. He suffers from mental health issues and is in need of medical care. He needs the community's support! Donate here!

Questions? Email info@sirenbayarea.org

AYUDE A UN HOMBRE JOVEN INMIGRANTE EN DETENCIÓN

Estamos recolectando donaciones para apoyar a un joven que está detenido en el Centro de Detención Mesa Verde. Sufre de problemas de salud mental y necesita atención médica. ¡Necesita el apoyo de la comunidad! ¡Done aquí!

Preguntas? info@sirenbayarea.org


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ENTRENAMIENTO DE ESPECTADOR

En colaboración con nuestros socios CAIR SF, acompáñenos en aprender cómo puede ser un espectador efectivo y apoyar a alguien que es víctima de acoso o discriminación. ¡Informase como puede participar en las campañas del 2019 de SIREN! 

¡Reserva su lugar hoy!

BYSTANDER TRAINING 

In collaboration with our partners CAIR SF, come learn how you can be an effective bystander and support someone who is the victim of bullying and/or discrimination. Learn about SIREN's 2019 campaigns and how you can get involved! 

RSVP today!

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ÚNETE AL MOVIMIENTO

Terminamos el 2018 con un nivel alto de participación de votantes en una elección en nuestra región y estado. Esto fue posible gracias a nuestros extraordinarios voluntarios que ayudaron a registrar a 15,000 nuevos votantes inmigrantes y jóvenes y que hicieron más de 130,000 llamadas telefónicas el noviembre pasado.

En el 2019, ya nos hemos subido las mangas y estamos en marcha. Hemos visto el cierre de gobierno más prolongado en la historia de los Estados Unidos por un muro fronterizo cruel e innecesario.

Vimos a nuestro nuevo gobernador en California proponer más de $260 millones en fondos para la expansión de Medi-Cal para jóvenes indocumentados en nuestro estado. Sin embargo, tenemos que seguir luchando para asegurarnos de que TODOS los californianos indocumentados estén cubiertos.

Estamos preparando y educando a nuestras comunidades sobre la importancia del Censo de 2020 y cómo llenar el formulario cuando esté disponible.

Hay mucho trabajo por hacer y no podemos hacerlo sin los miembros de SIREN. ¡Es por eso que esta semana estamos lanzando nuestra iniciativa para incrementar la membresía de SIREN! Por $25 para todo el año usted puede:

  • Asistir a nuestra conferencia anual para miembros de SIREN

  • Participar en la membresía SIREN y entrenamientos para voluntarios

  • Votar para respaldar las políticas y propuestas de votación en las elecciones

  • Participar en visitas legislativas con funcionarios electos claves y líderes de nivel alto

  • Asistir a eventos culturales y artísticos

¡El momento es ahora! Continuemos con el gran impulso que iniciamos en el 2018 para crear un estado receptivo y una región cálida para los inmigrantes.
 

Puede registrarse para convertirse en miembro de SIREN haciendo clic aquí.

¡Gracias y sigamos construyendo juntos!

JOIN THE MOVEMENT

We ended 2018 with one of the highest voter turnouts in an election in our region and state, thanks to our remarkable volunteers helping to register 15,000 new immigrant and youth voters and making over 130,000 phone calls last November.

Already in 2019, we have rolled up our sleeves and got straight to work. We have seen the longest government shutdown in U.S. history over a cruel and unnecessary border wall.

We saw our new governor in California propose over $260 million in funding for Medi-Cal expansion for undocumented youth in our state, but we need to continue to fight to ensure that ALL undocumented Californians are covered.

And we are preparing and educating our communities on the importance of the 2020 U.S. Census and how to fill out the form when it is available.

There is so much work to be done, and we can’t do it without our SIREN members. That is why this week we are launching our SIREN Membership Drive for 2019! For $25 for the entire year you can:

  • Attend our annual membership conference

  • Participate in SIREN membership and volunteer trainings

  • Vote to endorse policies and ballot propositions in elections

  • Participate in legislative visits with key elected officials and decision makers

  • Attend cultural and art events

The moment is now! Let’s continue the great momentum we started in 2018 to create a more welcoming state and region for immigrants. You can sign up to become a SIREN member by clicking here.

Thank you, and let’s continue to build together!


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CALENDARIO DE EVENTOS

Visite el calendario de clínicas legales de SIREN haciendo clic aquí.

EVENTS CALENDAR

Visit SIREN's legal clinics calendar by clicking here.


OPORTUNIDADES DE TRABAJO

Mire nuestras últimas ofertas de trabajo aquí.

SIREN Condemns Trump’s Threat to Declare National Emergency // SIREN Condena la Amenaza de Trump de Declarar una Emergencia Nacional

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, January 8, 2018

Contact: mediainquiries@siren-bayarea.org; (408) 453-3003

 

Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN) Condemns Trump’s Threat to Declare National Emergency Trump has manufactured the border crisis and Congress must oppose funding for DHS

Today, Trump is expected to make a potential declaration of a national emergency at the border. In an attempt to circumvent Congress and as a result of the federal government shutdown that he created, Trump is attempting to force the creation of a border wall. By making such an emergency declaration, Trump would be undermining Congress and walking on very questionable legal ground.

The following is a statement from Maricela Gutiérrez, Executive Director of Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN):

“The only crisis that exists at the border is the unconscionable detention, abuses, and deaths of individuals arriving at the border. Trump and his administration are responsible for the atrocities against asylum-seekers and immigrants coming to this country denying them of basic rights and human dignity. He is also responsible for the current federal government shutdown which he is using as justification for the racist wall and declaration of a national emergency. By separating children from their families and denying legal avenues to apply for asylum, the Trump administration created a humanitarian crisis at the border. Our country should be welcoming those coming to the border - not falsely declaring a national emergency to build a wall.”

Individuals can call their members of Congress and Congressional leadership urging them to oppose any increased funding for the Department of Homeland Security. Help support our efforts to #DefundHate and fight back against Trump’s attacks on immigrant and refugee communities by making a donationto SIREN today.

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La Red de Servicios, Derechos de los Inmigrantes y Educación (SIREN) condena la amenaza de Trump de declarar una emergencia nacional
Trump ha fabricado la crisis fronteriza y el Congreso debe oponerse a los fondos para el DHS


Hoy, se espera que Trump haga una declaración potencial de una emergencia nacional en la frontera. En un intento por eludir el Congreso y como resultado del cierre del gobierno federal que él creó, Trump intenta forzar la creación de un muro fronterizo. Al hacer tal declaración de emergencia, Trump estaría socavando al Congreso y caminando sobre un terreno legal muy cuestionable.

La siguiente es una declaración de Maricela Gutiérrez, Directora Ejecutiva de Servicios, Derechos de Inmigrantes y Red de Educación (SIREN):

“La única crisis que existe en la frontera es la detención desmedida, los abusos y las muertes de personas que llegan a la frontera. Trump y su administración son responsables por las atrocidades contra los solicitantes de asilo y los inmigrantes que llegan a este país y les niegan los derechos básicos y la dignidad humana. También es responsable del actual cierre del gobierno federal que está utilizando como justificación para el muro racista y la declaración de una emergencia nacional. Al separar a los niños de sus familias y negar las vías legales para solicitar asilo, el gobierno de Trump creó una crisis humanitaria en la frontera. "Nuestro país debería dar la bienvenida a los que vienen a la frontera, no declarar falsamente una emergencia nacional para construir un muro".

Las personas pueden llamar a sus miembros del Congreso y al liderazgo del Congreso para pedirles que se opongan a cualquier aumento de fondos para el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional. Ayude a apoyar nuestros esfuerzos para #DefundirElOdio y luchar contra los ataques de Trump contra las comunidades inmigrantes y refugiados haciendo una donación a SIREN hoy.

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SIREN is an immigrant rights organization based in Northern California and the Central Valley. Its mission is to empower low-income immigrants and refugees through community education and organizing, leadership development, policy advocacy, civic engagement and legal services. We believe that all people regardless of legal status or nationality are entitled to essential services, human dignity, basic rights and protections, and access to full participation in society.




Maricela Gutiérrez - Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network
http://siren.nationbuilder.com/

Donate to SIREN and give the gift of opportunity.
The opportunity to LEAD. DREAM. VOTE. 

Building the Power of Immigrants and Youth of Color

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Services, Immigrant Rights & Education Network (SIREN) - Bay Area has spent the last several years building the political power of immigrant and youth voters with the aim of shifting the political landscape in the region and across the state. In 2018, we doubled down on our commitment to building this political muscle by registering more than fifteen thousand new immigrant and youth voters, contacting a hundred and sixty thousand already-registered voters, and mobilizing more than two hundred volunteers. In the 2018 midterm elections, our efforts helped generate one of the highest turnouts in state history for a midterm and resulted in the passage of critical local and state ballot measures, as well as the defeat of House members opposed to immigrant rights. 

One of SIREN's youth leaders, Miguel, participated in phone banking and door-to-door canvassing of Spanish-speaking voters. Although Miguel and his family cannot vote because of their immigration status, the day after the election he told us: "The community was my voice at the polls yesterday. Immigrants and youth came out and demonstrated our power in Northern California and the Central Valley. Through our voting power, we are passing policies in our state and region that are impacting our families, and we will carry our momentum into 2019 to fight for immigrant rights and protections for immigrant youth."

While SIREN doesn't engage voters on behalf of specific candidates, we heard the mounting frustration from voters over the lack of action on immigrants' rights. Our volunteers made more than eighty thousand phone calls to voters in House Districts 10 and 21, which are represented by Rep. Jeff Denham (R) and Rep. David Valadao (R), and the number-one issue immigrant voters wanted to talk about was the fact that Congress wasn't doing enough for immigrants. From not passing a clean DREAM Act to not pushing back against President Trump's executive orders restricting immigration, immigrant voters shared their disapproval of the empty promises of their congressional representatives. Not surprisingly, Dunham and Valadao both lost.

As we head into 2019, we have our work cut out for us. In 2018, SIREN opened an office in Fresno and established our immigration legal services, community organizing, policy advocacy, and voter engagement with Central Valley immigrant and youth voters. We know we have the political power and leverage to move Congress on issues like a clean DREAM Act and comprehensive immigration reform. And through our base-building work, we've built an infrastructure for and secured the trust of the community to lead outreach efforts focused on the 2020 census. It's critical that we overcome the many challenges and barriers to an accurate count and ensure that immigrant communities receive their fair share of funding. 

Beyond the census, we have momentum and the capacity heading into the 2020 elections to have an even greater impact. When we launched our campaign a few years ago, immigrant community leaders dubbed it "Votar Para Ganar" (Vote to Win), because that is our goal. With  2019 approaching, we are gearing up to win even bigger victories for immigrant and refugee communities in the state and to create a more welcoming California for years to come.

Maricela Gutiérrez is the executive director of Services, Immigrant Rights & Education Network (SIREN), a nonprofit organization serving Northern and Central California that has worked on immigrant and refugee rights issues for more than thirty years. She was born and raised in the Central Valley. 

APOYANDO LAS VICTIMAS DE VIOLENCIA DOMESTICA// SUPPORTING VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Queridos Amigos,

SIREN está salvando vidas gracias al generoso apoyo de nuestro personal, voluntarios, donantes y amigos.

Susana es una mujer guatemalteca de 25 años que huyó porque fue víctima de abusos graves a manos de su ex pareja. Susana no tenía un sistema de apoyo, ya que quedó huérfana a una edad temprana, y había perdido a su hermano que la cuidaba cuando él tenía solo 17 años. Susana estaba completamente sola, ya que los miembros de la familia que quedaban le dieron la espalda. Eventualmente, su ex pareja, que era su único apoyo, se volvió extremadamente violento y abusivo hacia ella. Una de las peores golpizas que recibió resultó en la pérdida de su bebé que llevaba en su vientre, y ella apenas sobrevivió a sus heridas. Tratando de escapar de su ex pareja, fue a las autoridades guatemaltecas y también se mudó muy lejos. Sin embargo, nada detendría su incesante hostigamiento, ya que siempre la encontraba. Fue entonces cuando decidió que tenía que huir a los Estados Unidos.

Afortunadamente, como resultado de la ayuda del equipo legal de SIREN y de los voluntarios que también brindaron su apoyo, Susana pudo ganar asilo para ella y su hija de 6 años este noviembre pasado. ¡Finalmente esta libre y segura con su hija!

Este es el tipo de trabajo que hacemos para salvar vidas que les pedimos que apoyen hoy con una donación de cualquier tamaño.Mujeres como Susana merecen una segunda oportunidad. ¡Juntos, con su apoyo, podemos transformar vidas!
 

Con amor y justicia,

Maricela Gutiérrez

Directora Ejecutiva

Dear Friends,

SIREN is saving lives thanks to the generous support of our staff, volunteers, donors and friends.

Susana is a 25 year old Guatemalan woman who fled her country because she was the victim of severe abuse at the hands of her ex-partner. Susana had no support system, as she was orphaned at a young age, and had lost her brother and caregiver when he was only 17 years of age. Susana was completely alone, as her remaining family members turned their back on her. Eventually, her ex-partner who was her only support became extremely violent and abusive towards her. One of the worst beatings she received resulted in the loss of her unborn child, and her barely surviving her injuries. Trying to escape from her ex-partner, she went to the Guatemalan authorities and also moved far away. However, nothing would stop his incessant harassment no matter where she went. This is when she decided she had to flee to the US.

Thankfully, as a result of the help of the SIREN legal team and volunteers who also lent their support, Susana was able to win asylum for herself and her 6 year old daughter this past November. She is finally free and safe with her daughter!

This is the kind of life-saving work that we ask you to support today with a donation of any size. Women like Susana deserve a second chance. Together, with your support, we can transform lives!

With love and justice,

Maricela Gutiérrez,

Executive Director

THE STORY OF A REFUGEE FAMILY // LA HISTORIA DE UNA FAMILIA DE REFUGIADOS

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Queridos amigos,

SIREN tiene innumerables historias para compartir de familias que buscan una vida mejor en los Estados Unidos. Esta es la historia de Leila, Farid y Setareh - ciudadanos iraníes que tuvieron que huir de su país porque el gobierno los atrapó asistiendo a una iglesia clandestina. En Irán, es ilegal que un musulmán cambie su religión y la ley de la Sharia exige que las personas que han cambiado su religión sean ejecutadas. Incluso cuando los individuos que cambian de religión no son ejecutados, a menudo se los mantiene en condiciones abominables durante largos periodos de tiempo y son torturados por el estado tanto como una forma de castigo.

Cuando Leila, Farid y Setareh supieron que sus vidas estaban en peligro y estaban siendo  perseguidas por las autoridades iraníes, esta familia no tuvo más remedio que pagarle a un contrabandista para que saliera de Irán a través de Turquía. Desde allí, se dirigieron a Sudáfrica, Brasil y México. La familia planeaba mudarse a Canadá para solicitar asilo, pero fueron detenidos en México bajo sospecha de que sus pasaportes eran falsos.

Leila, Farid y Setareh fueron detenidos durante meses en México en condiciones verdaderamente deplorables mientras esperaban su caso de asilo. Pasaron meses y meses antes de que dos de ellos pudieran llegar a los Estados Unidos. Finalmente, encontraron a SIREN para ayudarlos con su caso de asilo. Hoy dos de la familia han ganado sus casos de asilo. Tan pronto como sea posible, SIREN solicitará al esposo que permanece en México para que también pueda obtener asilo aquí.

Este es un ejemplo de las terribles circunstancias que enfrentan los refugiados cuando huyen de la violencia y la persecución, así como el papel que desempeña SIREN en nuestra comunidad. Los invitamos a unirse a nosotros para salvar vidas a través de un Regalo de Caridad Hoy.

¡Gracias por su generosidad y apoyo durante estas vacaciones!


Con amor y justicia,

Maricela Gutiérrez

Directora Ejecutiva

Dear Friends,

SIREN has countless stories to share of families seeking a better life in the United States. This is the story of Leila, Farid, and Setareh - Iranian nationals who had to flee their country because the government caught them attending an underground church there. In Iran, it is illegal for a Muslim to change their religion and Sharia law calls for individuals who are found to have changed their religion to be executed. Even when individuals who change their religion are not executed, they are often held in abhorrent conditions for long periods of time and tortured by the state both as a form of punishment.

When Leila, Farid, and Setareh learned that their lives were in danger and that they were being persecuted by Iranian authorities, this family had no choice, but to pay a smuggler to get them out of Iran through Turkey. From there, they made their way to South Africa, Brazil, and Mexico. The family was planning on moving forward to Canada to apply for asylum but they were stopped in Mexico and detained under suspicion that their passports were fake.

Leila, Farid, and Setareh were detained for months in Mexico in truly deplorable conditions while they waited out their asylum case. Months and months passed before two of them could make their way to the United States. Eventually, they were referred to SIREN to assist them with their asylum case. Today two of them have won their asylum cases; as soon as it is feasible, SIREN will petition for the husband who remains in Mexico so that he can win asylum here as well.

This is one example of the dire circumstances that refugees face as they flee from violence and persecution, as well as the role that SIREN plays in our community. We invite you to join us in saving lives through aCharitable Gift Today.

Thank you for your generosity and support during this holiday season!


With love and justice,

Maricela Gutiérrez,

Executive Director

SIREN DECEMBER 2018 NEWSLETTER // SIREN BOLETÍN DE DICIEMBRE 2018

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Dear Friends,

What a year this has been! As we reflect on 2018, we would like to thank you for your amazing support in fighting for the rights of immigrants and refugees in our community. By working together we have created awareness about important issues, pushed forward important public policy like the expansion of local sanctuary policies, and empowered over 130,000 voters. And, very importantly, we have expanded our legal services and support to many immigrants and refugees in need through our new office in the Central Valley.

During this holiday season, we ask for your continued support to help immigrants and refugees. Our clients are fighting for their lives and for their loved ones, under some of the most cruel and unjust immigration policies and practices we have ever witnessed. For many, staying in this country means they can stay away from harm and even death.

During this season of giving, we hope that you will continue to supportSIRENwith your generosity.Any gift toSIRENwill be among the most impactful and life-changing gifts you will make this holiday season - directly helping immigrants and refugees create a better life.

As you celebrate the holidays with your loved ones, we thank you for your generosity and support. Our volunteers, members, donors, clients and staff are the heart ofSIREN, and for that, we are eternally grateful.

With love and justice,

Maricela Gutiérrez
Executive Director

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CARMEN’S STORY

Carmen is a 43 year old Guatemalan woman who fled looking for a safe haven against her abusive husband. Her claim was based on severe physical, verbal and sexual abuse in the course of her 16 years with her husband. Despite the fact that she had filed various police reports with Guatemalan authorities and her husband had been convicted of domestic violence, she was never able to bring him to justice given that he worked in law enforcement. Furthermore, because Guatemalan law allows an abuser to exchange a conviction by paying a nominal fee, her abuser was able to pay his way out. He was back to harming her the very next day. These circumstances led Carmen to flee with her three children.

Her journey to freedom was not easy, but SIREN was there to help every step of the way. SIREN Attorney Grey Torrico prepared the client extensively, and much work went into preparing for this case. Thanks to SIREN, Carmen won her asylum case in November. Carmen and her three children now have a viable way to become permanent residents. They have the ability to apply for that in a year’s time. Their lives have forever changed for the better, thanks to all those who are part of our SIREN community.

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BECOME A SIREN MEMBER

As 2018 comes to a close, we can celebrate the small victories we’ve achieved as a community but know there is more work to be done in the new year. If you are looking to give back this holiday season, we invite you to make a commitment to help carry SIREN’s mission by becoming a SIREN member at a fee of $20 per year. By becoming a member you can take your leadership development and advocacy for immigrant rights to a deeper level, and you can:

  • -Attend SIREN member trainings

  • -Attend regional and national conferences and workshops

  • -Participate in advocacy meetings with key elected officials and decision-makers

  • -Vote and endorse key policy stances and ballot measures

  • -Attend annual SIREN membership conferences and membership trainings

We believe that all people regardless of legal status or nationality are entitled to essential services, human dignity, basic rights and protections, and access to full participation in society. Please consider becoming a SIREN member today by clicking here.

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TRUTH ACT FORUMS THROUGHOUT CALIFORNIA

Over the last several months, the SIREN community came out strong calling for transparency and robust protections for immigrant and refugee communities from counties across the state through TRUTH Act forums. Mandated by the state legislation, counties are required to provide information about their compliance with the law and information sharing with ICE.

  • -In Santa Clara County, as the co-convener of the FIRE Coalition, SIREN’s grassroots leaders presented recommendations on how to deepen trust with communities enacting robust ordinances with accountability provisions, supporting all immigrants regardless of any criminal history, and strengthening County database protections.

  • -In San Mateo County, SIREN sought answers from the Sheriff to questions about notifying individuals held in custody when ICE requests notifications about their release.

  • -In the Central Valley, SIREN worked with partners to convene a People’s Forum as a response to the Truth Act Forum that was held in Fresno. The Board of Supervisors ended the session early, and many community members were not allowed to speak.

Thank you to all who came out to participate in these important efforts! Together, we will continue to fight for eliminate ICE out of our communities!

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KARINA, A STORY OF A SIRENISTA

Karina is a SIREN grassroots leader who has lived in this country for more than 15 years. Like many, her story is that of a hard-working immigrant fighting for her life and safety. Originally from Mexico, she migrated to the US with the goal of surviving an abusive husband. Today, she is the proud mother of two DACA youth, Andrea and Andres, and her youngest, US-born son, Jesus. Karina is a SIRENISTA because of her resiliency, her will to fight for what is right, and her amazing dedication to her community.

Karina’s family is also one of the thousands of immigrant families that will be affected by the proposed public charge rule. Karina’s daughter, Andrea, has been through brain surgery and has a medical condition for which she needs constant medical care. Andrea needs access to Medi-Cal and other health services. As we continue to fight against the public charge rule, let’s remember Karina and her family. We believe every person should have access to health care, just as much as they are worthy of dignity and respect. We honor this SIRENISTA and her family for their courage and determination!

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#DEFUNDHATE ALERT 

Trump is asking for more funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to continue terrorizing immigrants and refugees - something we must stop. The country has already witnessed the federal government's atrocities including detentions, deportations, and firing tear gas and rubber bullets at Central American families seeking asylum. Any funding increase would take away money from our schools, health care system and other crucial services in order to separate families and communities. As Congress will soon be deciding on funding for DHS, we would like your help in sending the message that we must defund hate!

Our elected officials need to hear from you that funding DHS' atrocities against immigrant and refugee communities is against our country's values.

Call Congress and urge them to #DefundHate!

Together we will fight for justice! #SIRENforJustice

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EVENTS CALENDAR


Visit SIREN's legal clinics calendar by clicking here

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES
 

Check out our latest job openings here.


SIREN BOLETÍN DE NOVIEMBRE 2018

Queridos amigos,

¡Ha sido un año increíble! Al reflexionar sobre el 2018, nos gustaría agradecerle su increíble apoyo en la lucha por los derechos de los inmigrantes y refugiados en nuestra comunidad. Al trabajar juntos, hemos creado conciencia sobre temas importantes, hemos impulsado importantes políticas públicas como la expansión de las políticas locales del santuario y hemos dado poder a más de 130,000 votantes. Y, muy importante, hemos ampliado nuestros servicios legales y el apoyo a muchos inmigrantes y refugiados necesitados a través de nuestra nueva oficina en el Valle Central.

Durante esta temporada de vacaciones, le pedimos su apoyo continuo para ayudar a los inmigrantes y refugiados. Nuestros clientes están luchando por sus vidas y por sus seres queridos, bajo algunas de las políticas y prácticas de inmigración más crueles e injustas que hemos presenciado. Para muchos, quedarse en este país significa que pueden evitar el daño e incluso la muerte.

Durante esta temporada de generosidad, esperamos que continúe apoyando a SIREN con su generosidad.Cualquier regalo para SIREN será uno de los regalos más impactantes y que cambiará la vida de muchas personas, especialmente en esta temporada festiva. Su aporte ayuda directamente a los inmigrantes y refugiados a crear una vida mejor.

Al celebrar las fiestas con sus seres queridos, le agradecemos su generosidad y apoyo. Nuestros voluntarios, miembros, donantes, clientes y personal son el corazón de SIREN, y por eso, estamos eternamente agradecidos.
 

Con amor y justicia,

 

Maricela Gutiérrez
Directora Ejecutiva

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LA HISTORIA DE CARMEN

Carmen es una mujer guatemalteca de 43 años que huyó en busca de un refugio contra su esposo abusivo. Su reclamo se basó en graves abusos físicos, verbales y sexuales en el transcurso de sus 16 años con su esposo. A pesar de que ella había presentado varios informes policiales ante las autoridades guatemaltecas y que su esposo había sido condenado por violencia doméstica, nunca pudo llevarlo ante la justicia, dado que trabajó en la aplicación de la ley. Además, debido a que la ley guatemalteca le permite a un abusador intercambiar una condena mediante el pago de una tarifa nominal, su abusador pudo pagar su salida. El día siguiente, volvió a hacerle daño. Estas circunstancias causaron que Carmen huyera con sus tres hijos.

Su viaje a la libertad no fue fácil, pero SIREN estaba allí para ayudar en cada paso del camino. El abogado de SIREN Grey Torrico preparó al cliente extensivamente y se trabajó mucho para preparar este caso. Gracias a SIREN, Carmen ganó su caso de asilo en noviembre. Carmen y sus tres hijos ahora tienen una forma viable de convertirse en residentes permanentes. Tienen la capacidad de solicitar eso en un año. Sus vidas han cambiado para siempre para mejor, gracias a todos aquellos que forman parte de nuestra comunidad SIREN.

CONVIÈRTESE EN UN MIEMBRO DE SIREN

A medida que el 2018 llega a su fin, podemos celebrar las pequeñas victorias que hemos logrado como comunidad, pero sabemos que hay más trabajo por hacer en el nuevo año. Si desea contribuir durante esta temporada festiva, lo invitamos a comprometerse a ayudar a llevar a cabo la misión de SIREN al convertirse en miembro de SIREN a un costo de $20 por año. Al convertirse en miembro, puede llevar su desarrollo de liderazgo y su defensa de los derechos de los inmigrantes a un nivel más profundo, y puede:

  • -Asistir a los entrenamientos de miembros de SIREN

  • -Asistir a conferencias y talleres regionales y nacionales.

  • -Participar en reuniones de defensa con funcionarios electos clave y tomadores de decisiones

  • -Votar y aprobar posturas políticas clave y medidas de votación.

  • -Asistir a las conferencias anuales de membresía de SIREN y capacitaciones de membresía

Creemos que todas las personas, sin importar su estatus legal o nacionalidad, tienen derecho a servicios esenciales, dignidad humana, derechos básicos y protecciones, y acceso a la plena participación en la sociedad. Por favor, considere convertirse en miembro SIREN hoy haga clic aquí.

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FOROS DE LA LEY DE LA VERDAD (TRUTH ACT) EN TODO CALIFORNIA

A lo largo de los últimos meses, la comunidad SIREN hizo un fuerte llamado a la transparencia y protecciones sólidas para las comunidades de inmigrantes y refugiados de los condados de todo el estado a través de los foros de la Ley de VERDAD. Por mandato de la legislación estatal, los condados deben proporcionar información sobre su cumplimiento de la ley y el intercambio de información con ICE.

  • -En el Condado de Santa Clara, como co-convocante de la Coalición FIRE, los líderes de base de SIREN presentaron recomendaciones al Condado sobre cómo profundizar la confianza en las comunidades que promulgan ordenanzas sólidas con disposiciones de responsabilidad, apoyan a todos los inmigrantes, independientemente de sus antecedentes penales, y fortalecen la protecciones de la base de datos del Condado.

  • -En el condado de San Mateo, SIREN buscó respuestas del Alguacil a preguntas sobre la notificación a las personas detenidas cuando ICE solicita notificaciones sobre su liberación.

  • -En el Valle Central, SIREN trabajó con socios para convocar un Foro de la Gente como respuesta al Foro de la Ley de la Verdad que se llevó a cabo en Fresno. La Junta de Supervisores terminó la sesión temprano y muchos miembros de la comunidad no pudieron hablar.

¡Gracias a todos los que vinieron a participar en estos importantes esfuerzos! ¡Juntos, continuaremos luchando para eliminar a ICE de nuestras comunidades!

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KARINA, LA HISTORIA DE UNA SIRENISTA

Karina es una líder comunitario de SIREN que ha vivido en este país por más de 15 años. Como muchos, su historia es la de una inmigrante trabajadora que lucha por su vida y seguridad. Originaria de México, emigró a los EE. UU. con el objetivo de sobrevivir a un esposo abusivo. Hoy, ella es la orgullosa madre de dos jóvenes de DACA, Andrea y Andrés, y su hijo menor, nacido en los Estados Unidos, Jesús. Karina es una SIRENISTA por su poder y capacidad de recuperación, su voluntad de luchar por lo que es correcto y su increíble dedicación a su comunidad.

La familia de Karina también es una de las miles de familias inmigrantes que se verán afectadas por la regla propuesta a la carga pública. La hija de Karina, Andrea, se ha sometido a una cirugía cerebral y tiene una condición médica por la que necesita atención médica constante. Andrea necesita acceso a Medi-Cal y otros servicios de salud. Mientras continuamos luchando contra la regla de la carga pública, recordemos a Karina y su familia. Creemos que todas las personas deben tener acceso a la atención médica, como seres que merecen dignidad y respeto. ¡Honramos a esta SIRENISTA y su familia por su valentía y determinación!

ALERTA #DEFUNDHATE

Trump solicita más fondos para que el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional (DHS, por sus siglas en inglés) continúe aterrorizando a los inmigrantes y refugiados, algo que debemos detener. El país ya ha sido testigo de las atrocidades del gobierno federal, incluidas las detenciones, las deportaciones y los disparos de gas lacrimógeno y balas de goma a las familias centroamericanas que buscan asilo. Cualquier aumento de fondos le quitaría dinero a nuestras escuelas, al sistema de atención médica y otros servicios cruciales para separar a las familias y las comunidades. Como el Congreso pronto decidirá sobre la financiación del DHS, ¡nos gustaría su ayuda para enviar el mensaje de que debemos retirar fondos del odio!

Nuestros funcionarios electos necesitan saber de usted que la financiación de las atrocidades del DHS contra las comunidades de inmigrantes y refugiados está en contra de los valores de nuestro país.

¡Llame al Congreso e insista que retiren fondos dirigidos al odio #DefundHate! 

¡Juntos lucharemos por la justicia! #SIRENforJustice

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CALENDARIO DE EVENTOS

Visite el calendario de clínicas legales de SIREN haciendo clic aquí.

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OPORTUNIDADES DE TRABAJO

Mire nuestras últimas ofertas de trabajo aquí.

SIREN NOVEMBER 2018 NEWSLETTER // SIREN BOLETÍN DE NOVIEMBRE 2018

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Dear Friends,

As we receive the holiday season, there is much to reflect upon and be grateful for. November 6, 2018 was a historic election for the immigrant community and for communities of color. Leading up to the election, politics and policies of racism, hatred, and fear were frighteningly becoming the norm. However, thanks to strong mobilization efforts across the country, members of Congress are more diverse than ever including historic firsts for Black, Muslim, Latinx, and Native American women as well as the LGBTQ community. This is something truly wonderful to celebrate!

With the new makeup of Congress, we are hopeful that there will be a robust check from the legislature against the white supremacist agenda that is being promoted by the White House. We must continue to work together to push members of Congress to protect immigrant communities and communities of color. We will continue to urge them to resist Trump’s hateful policies, pass policies that value the lives of immigrants and refugees, like Health4All at the state level, and continue to fight back against ICE and law enforcement entanglement at local levels across California. And we must continue to organize and mobilize the most affected to lead the way for greater change in 2020!

In the remaining months of 2018, we urge community members to help us fight against proposed regulations on public charge and the detention of immigrant children, families, and community members. We are also ready for the budget battle approaching in December, calling to #DefundICE and #DefundCBP.

As we all celebrate the holidays with our loved ones, we would like to thank you for your partnership! Your support has been vital to the progress we have made as a community thus far. We are so thankful!

Lastly, we invite you to join our special Season of Giving Campaign that will continue to uplift the lives of immigrants and refugees today. Thank you for your kindness and generosity.


With love and justice,
 
Maricela Gutiérrez
Executive Director 

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SIREN MOBILIZES THOUSANDS TO VOTE

With the relentless attacks on immigrants and refugees by the current administration, never had a midterm election been so important. At SIREN, we truly felt the weight of this responsibility and our team worked around the clock to register voters and turnout youth and new citizens to vote in November. Here are the results of our efforts:
 

-Over 200 Spanish and Vietnamese speaking volunteers recruited, trained, and mobilized.

-Over 5,000 texts sent to our SIREN network.

-Over 15,000 youth and new American citizens registered to vote.

-Over 130,000 phone calls to low propensity voters.

“As we celebrate these accomplishments, we must continue to build upon the gains made across the country to have leadership that is more representative of our country. This is just a start,” said Civic Engagement Director, Jeremy Barousse. “We must treat every election as a critical opportunity to shape the course of our movement. At SIREN, we look forward to continue to work with our dedicated volunteers and grassroots leaders to push forward a pro-immigrant and refugee agenda.”

I AM A SIRENISTA – TIFFANY VUONG

One thing that stood out in the recent election was the amazing impact of young voters and activists across the country. SIREN is privileged to count on the support of many dedicated youth activists like Tiffany Vuong.   

Tiffany first heard about SIREN when she was a student at UC Santa Barbara studying sociology. Upon relocating to the Bay Area, she came to SIREN because of her commitment to social justice. Tiffany has been part of SIREN’s phone banking efforts, informing people about Proposition 10, Proposition 5, and encouraging voters to participate.

“I consider myself an intersectional feminist. That means that there is no single way to liberation. If we are going to be free, we need to make sure things are equal for everyone – no matter their identity, class, gender, color, etc.,” said Tiffany. “No one is free, unless all of us are.”

Join us in recognizing and thanking Tiffany, our extraordinary SIRENISTA.

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CENTRAL VALLEY ORGANIZERS DRIVE CHANGE
 

SIREN is proud to have registered over 15,000 new voters across Northern California and the Central Valley! “Through door-knocking, canvassing, texting and many outreach efforts at schools, and  local colleges in rural towns across the Valley, our electoral team was instrumental in building the power of the immigrant and refugee voice in this election,” said Maricela Gutiérrez, SIREN, Executive Director. 
 
In addition to voter registration efforts, SIREN staff and volunteers made over 100,000 phone calls in multiple counties across the Central Valley to inform voters and get out the vote.

One of the most impactful election results in the region was the defeat of four-term Republic U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham, who had continuously ignored SIREN’s demands to support DACA and other important pro-Immigrant policies. “The people have spoken and we are excited to have new leadership in the region that will listen to the needs of our diverse, immigrant communities,” said Josefa Vega, SIREN’s Civic Engagement Associate.
 
Our deepest thanks to all who were part of making history in the Central Valley!

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SEASON OF GIVING CAMPAIGN


While many of us will be together with our loved ones rejoicing over the holidays, there are so many who find themselves separated from their families. Sadly, many are also behind bars waiting to be reunited with the people that they love. Tragically, some of these individuals are frightened children who were ripped from the arms of their parents. 
 
These are the thoughts that fill our minds at SIREN. Justice cannot wait for those who face these unfortunate circumstances. This is what drives us to work harder and do more, when we dare to think that we are at our limit. 
 
As you give thanks for the many blessings in your life, we hope you will take a moment to think about how you can bring this same joy to others, especially immigrants and refugees who are fighting to be reunited with their loved ones. 
 
If you can join our Season of Giving Campaign by making a donation of any size today, you can rest assured it will be invested in bringing joy and hope to others in our community. Please donate here. 

Thank you for your support and generosity! Happy holidays to you and yours!

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EVENTS CALENDAR


Don't miss out!
Free Citizenship Clinic this Wednesday 9-4pm at SIREN San Jose’s office. For more information click here. 

Visit SIREN's legal clinics calendar by clicking here

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES
 

Check out our latest job openings here.


SIREN BOLETÍN DE NOVIEMBRE 2018

Queridos amigos,

A medida que recibimos la temporada festiva, hay mucho en que reflexionar y agradecer. El 6 de noviembre de 2018 fue una elección histórica para la comunidad inmigrante y para las comunidades de color. Antes de la elección, terriblemente, las políticas de racismo, odio y miedo se estaban convirtiendo en la norma. Sin embargo, gracias a los fuertes esfuerzos de movilización en todo el país, los miembros del Congreso que representan al pueblo estadounidense son más diversos que nunca e incluyen los primeros lugares históricos para las mujeres y las comunidades Afroamericanas, Musulmanas, Latinoamericanas y Nativas Americanas, así como para la comunidad LGBTQ. ¡Esto es algo realmente maravilloso para celebrar!

Con la nueva composición del Congreso, tenemos la esperanza de que habrá un control sólido de la legislatura contra la agenda racista que está promoviendo la nueva administración. Debemos continuar trabajando juntos para presionar a los miembros del Congreso a proteger a las comunidades inmigrantes y a las comunidades de color. Continuaremos instándolos a resistir las odiosas políticas de Trump, aprobar políticas que valoren las vidas de los inmigrantes como Saludo Para Todos (Health4All) a nivel estatal, y continuaremos luchando contra La Migra (ICE) y el enredo entre las agencias de policía al nivel local en California.  ¡Y debemos continuar organizando y movilizando a los más afectados para liderar el camino para un cambio mayor en 2020!

En los meses que quedan del 2018, instamos a los miembros de la comunidad a que nos ayuden a luchar contra las regulaciones propuestas sobre la carga pública, y contra la detención de niños inmigrantes, familias y miembros de la comunidad. También estamos listos para la batalla presupuestaria que se aproxima en diciembre y solicitamos su ayuda.

¡Mientras que celebramos las fiestas con nuestra familia y amigos, nos gustaría agradecerles por su colaboración! Su apoyo ha sido vital para el progreso que hemos logrado como una  comunidad hasta ahora. ¡Estamos muy agradecidos!

Por último, le invitamos a unirse a nuestra campaña especial de donaciones que continuará elevando las vidas de los inmigrantes y refugiados hoy. Gracias por su amabilidad y generosidad.


Con amor y justicia,

Maricela Gutiérrez
Directora Ejecutiva

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SIREN MOVILIZA A MILES PARA VOTAR

Con los incesantes ataques contra inmigrantes y refugiados por parte de la administración actual, nunca antes había sido tan importante una elección intermedia. En SIREN realmente sentimos el peso de esta responsabilidad y nuestro equipo trabajó las 24 horas del día para registrar a votantes y sacar la votación el 6 de noviembre. Aquí están los resultados de nuestros esfuerzos:

-Más de 200 voluntarios bilingües en español, inglés y vietnamita reclutados, entrenados y movilizados.

-Más de 5,000 textos enviados a nuestra red de SIREN.

-Más de 15,000 nuevos jóvenes y nuevos ciudadanos estadounidenses se registraron para votar.

-Más de 130,000 llamadas telefónicas a votantes de baja propensión.

“Al celebrar estos logros, debemos de continuar construyendo sobre los logros alcanzados en todo el país para tener un liderazgo que sea más representativo de todos los estadounidenses. Esto es solo el comienzo,” dijo el Director de Participación Cívica, Jeremy Barousse. “Debemos de tratar cada elección como una oportunidad crítica para dirigir el futuro de nuestras comunidades. En SIREN, esperamos continuar trabajando con nuestros voluntarios dedicados y líderes comunitarios para impulsar una agenda pro-inmigrante."

SOY UNA SIRENISTA- TIFFANY VUONG 

Una cosa que se destacó en las recientes elecciones fue el asombroso impacto de los jóvenes votantes y activistas en todo el país. SIREN tiene el privilegio de contar con el apoyo de muchos activistas juveniles dedicados como Tiffany Vuong.

Tiffany escuchó por primera vez sobre SIREN cuando estudiaba sociología en la Universidad de California en Santa Barbara. Al mudarse al Área de la Bahía, ella vino a SIREN debido a su compromiso con la justicia social. Tiffany ha sido parte de los bancos telefónicos de SIREN, informando a las personas sobre la Proposición 10, Proposición 5 y alentando a los votantes a participar.

“Me considero una feminista interseccional. Eso significa que no hay una sola vía para la liberación. Si vamos a ser libres, debemos asegurarnos de que las cosas sean iguales para todos, sin importar la identidad, clase, género, color, etc.", dijo Tiffany. "Nadie es libre, a menos que todos nosotros lo seamos."

Únase a nosotros en reconocer y agradecer a Tiffany, nuestra extraordinaria SIRENISTA.

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ORGANIZADORES DEL VALLE CENTRAL IMPULSAN EL CAMBIO
 

¡SIREN se enorgullece de haber registrado a más de 15,000 nuevos votantes en el norte de California y el Valle Central. "SIREN, a través de llamadas, tocando puertas, mensajes de texto y muchos esfuerzos de divulgación en escuelas y universidades locales en pueblos rurales de todo el Valle. Nuestro equipo electoral fue fundamental para dar voz y crear el poder de la comunidad inmigrante y refugiada en esta elección," dijo Maricela Gutiérrez, SIREN, Directora Ejecutiva.

Además de los esfuerzos de registro de votantes, el personal y los voluntarios de SIREN realizaron más de 100,000 llamadas telefónicas en condados múltiples en el Valle Central para informar a los votantes y obtener la votación.

Uno de los resultados electorales más impactante en la región fue la derrota del Representante Jeff Denham, quien continuamente ignoró las demandas de SIREN para apoyar a DACA y otras políticas pro-inmigrante. "La gente ha hablado y estamos entusiasmados de tener un nuevo liderazgo en la región, que escuchará las necesidades de nuestras diversas comunidades de inmigrantes," dijo Josefa Vega, Asociada de Participación Cívica de SIREN.

¡Nuestro más profundo agradecimiento a todos los que fueron parte de hacer historia en el Valle Central!

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CAMPAÑA DE DONACIÓN

Mientras que muchos estaremos juntos con nuestras familias regocijándose por las fiestas, hay muchos que se encuentran separados de sus familias. Lamentablemente, muchos también están tras las rejas esperando a reunirse con las personas que aman. Trágicamente, algunos de estos individuos son niños traumatizados que fueron arrancados de los brazos de sus padres.

Estos son los pensamientos que llenan nuestras mentes en SIREN. La justicia no puede esperar a aquellos que enfrentan estas desafortunadas circunstancias. Esto es lo que nos impulsa a trabajar más y hacer más, cuando nos atrevemos a pensar que estamos alcanzando nuestro límite.

Al dar las gracias por las muchas bendiciones en su vida, le pedimos que tome un momento para pensar en cómo puede llevar esta misma alegría a otros, especialmente a los inmigrantes y refugiados que luchan por reunirse con sus seres queridos. Si puede unirse a nuestra Campaña de Donación, al hacer una donación de cualquier tamaño hoy, usted puede estar seguro de que se invertirá en brindar alegría y esperanza a otros en nuestra comunidad. Por favor done aquí.

¡Gracias por su apoyo y generosidad! ¡Felices fiestas para usted y sus seres queridos! 

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CALENDARIO DE EVENTOS

¡No se le olvide! 
Taller the Ciudadania este miércoles, 21 de noviembre de 9-4pm en nuestra oficina en San José. Para más información, haga clic aquí.

Visite el calendario de clínicas legales de SIREN haciendo clic aquí

OPORTUNIDADES DE TRABAJO

Mire nuestras últimas ofertas de trabajo aquí.