2018 Conference

2018 Conference on Immigrant Integration in the Central Valley: Thank You for a Great Event!

CVIIC held its 2018 Conference on Immigrant Integration in the Central Valley on October 19, 2018 in Fresno. Thanks to the participation of many partner organizations it was a successful event that will help us strengthen the capacity to serve immigrants in this region of California. Below, please find a collection of conference photos. Shortly, we will also add some of the presentations that have been made available to share.

Thank you!


Conference Background

CVIIC is proud to invite representatives of partner organizations to the 2018 Conference on Immigrant Integration, our most important event of the year. The annual conference brings together a wide range of organizations serving families residing in the Central Valley of California. It provides networking opportunities and helps identify our priorities for the following year. It offers trainings and information on funding opportunities. Our overall objective is to have the event address topics of interest to partner organizations and immigrant communities.

The conference is a day long event and will be held on October 19, 2018. Site of the event is the Piccadilly Inn Airport Hotel, 5115 E. McKinley Ave, Fresno, CA 93727.

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Immigrant rights
  • The 2020 Census
  • Rapid Response
  • Federal/State/Local Policies
  • Health Access
  • Community Empowerment
  • Trainings
  • Strategic Planning
  • Funding Opportunities
  • CVIIC Leadership Awards
  • And Much More!

Featured keynote speaker:

Manuel Pastor (University of Southern California): “From Resistance to Resilience: Promoting Immigrant Rights and Immigrant Integration in the Golden State”.

Manuel Pastor Keynote Speaker 2018 CVIIC Conference
Manuel Pastor

Presentation by Manuel Pastor


Gallery of Speakers and Participants (Partial List)




Special Rate at Piccadilly Inn Airport Hotel for Out of Town Conference Participants

The Piccadilly Inn Airport hotel has a special rate of $79 plus tax per room for CVIIC conference participants. You may request this rate by mentioning the CVIIC conference. The number of rooms available is limited.

Piccadilly Inn Airport Hotel:

Address: 5115 E. McKinley Ave, Fresno, CA 93727
Phone: (559) 375-7760


2018 CVIIC Conference Program (Updated 10/16 18)

8:00-8:30 Conference Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30-8:45 Welcome. Program MCs: Alejandra Tovar and Leoncio Vasquez
• Welcome Message from CVIIC Board. Raul Moreno (Education and Leadership Foundation)
• Recognition of Special Guests

8:45-10:15 Inaugural Panel. “Promoting and Defending the Rights of Immigrant Families in the Current Context”. Moderator: Lazaro Salazar

  • Juliann Bildhauer (Co-Director of Legal Services, Kids in Need of Defense)
  • Hamid Yazdan (Northern California Rapid Response and Immigrant Defense Network)
  • Allison Davenport (Immigrant Legal Resource Center)
  • Consul David Manuel Preciado (Consulado de México en Fresno)

10:15-11:45 Round 1 Breakout Groups
Group 1. Economic Integration Presentation. “The CalSavers Program: Innovative Workplace Retirement Savings Plan for Immigrants and Other Employees in California”.

  • Lindsay Callahan (United Way of Fresno and Madera Counties/CalSavers)

Group 2. Regional Collaboration and Strategy Panel. “Preparing the Central Valley for the 2020 Census”. Moderator: TBA

  • Lia Bolden (U.S. Census Bureau)
  • Ellen Braff-Guajardo (Sierra Health Foundation)
  • Ed Kissam (Werner-Kohnstamm Family Giving Fund)
  • Irving Pacheco (CA Census 2020 Campaign)

Group 3. Legal Defense. “Rapid Response and Legal Defense Strategies to Protect the Rights of Immigrants”. Moderator: Ariana Martinez (FIV/NCRRIDN)

  • Hamid Yazdan (Northern California Rapid Response and Immigrant Defense Network)
  • Sukaina Hussain (Faith in the Valley/Fresno County Legal Defense Fund)
  • Oscar Sanchez (Consulado de México en Fresno)

Group 4. Advocacy Training. “How We Can Work Together to Reduce and Eliminate ICE Policing our Immigrant Communities?”

  • Maricela Gutierrez, Jennifer Rojas and Josefa Vega (SIREN)

11:45 Buffet Lunch

12:00-12:35 Keynote Speaker Manuel Pastor (University of Southern California): “From Resistance to Resilience: Promoting Immigrant Rights and Immigrant Integration in the Golden State”. Introduction by Hugo Morales, Chair, CVIIC Board of Directors.

12:35-1:00 CVIIC “Immigrant America Champion” Awards. Presenters: Juan Arambula and Allison Davenport.

  • Esmeralda Soria (Fresno City Council)
  • Faith in the Valley
  • Joaquin Arambula (California State Assembly)
  • Miguel Arias (State Center Community College)
  • Samuel Orozco (Radio Bilingue)
  • San Joaquin Valley Health Fund

1:00-2:30 Round 2 Breakout Groups
Group 1. Regional Dialogue. “The One California Program and the Delivery of Legal Services to Central Valley Immigrant Families”.

  • Led by Gina DaSilva and Layla Razavi  (California Immigrant Policy Center)

Group 2. Regional Collaboration. “Regional Collaboration for the 2020 Census”.

  • Jeannemarie Caris-McManus (Westside Family Preservation Services Network)
  • Elizabeth Jonasson (Fresno EOC)
  • Maria Macedo (Proteus)
  • Samuel Molina (Mi Familia Vota)
  • Irving Pacheco (CA Census 2020 Campaign)
  • Frank Ramirez (Youth 2 Leaders Education Foundation)
  • Margarita Rocha (Centro La Familia)

Group 3. Educational Integration. “Educate to Elevate”

  • Raine Bumatay (Fresno Adult School)
  • Raul Moreno (Education and Leadership Foundation): “California Legislation that Helps immigrants Access Higher Education”

Group 4. Health Policy Training. “Health Care Access and Public Charge”. Moderator: Cindy Quezada (CVIIC)

  • Erin Quinn (Immigrant Legal Resource Center)

2:30-3:30 Regional Dialogue: Our Strategy and Priorities for the Next Year

3:30 Conclusion


Preliminary List of Participating Organizations in 2018 Conference (as of 10/11/18)

  • ACLU of Northern California
  • ACLU Of Southern California- Kern Office
  • Antoinette Gonzalez Law
  • Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula
  • Bobadilla Law
  • California Census 2020 Campaign
  • California ChangeLawyers (formerly CA Bar Foundation)
  • California Immigrant Policy Center
  • California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance
  • California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation
  • California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. (CRLA Inc.)
  • Californians Together
  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Stockton
  • Central California Legal Services
  • Central Valley Partnership
  • Central Valley Immigrant Integration Collaborative (CVIIC)
  • Centro Binacional para el Desarrollo Indígena Oaxaqueño (C.B.D.I.O.)
  • Centro La Famila Advocacy Services
  • CET – Immigration & Citizenship Program
  • Coalition for Humane Immigrants Rights (CHIRLA)
  • Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County, Inc
  • Consulado de México en Fresno
  • Dolores Huerta Foundation
  • Education & Leadership Foundation
  • El Concilio
  • El Quinto Sol de America
  • Faith in the Valley
  • Farmworker Justice
  • Fathers & Families of San Joaquin
  • FCPL
  • FFSJ
  • FoodLink for Tulare County
  • Fresno Adult School
  • Fresno City College Dream Center
  • Fresno City Council
  • Fresno County Public Library
  • Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission
  • Fresno HCAP
  • Fresno Regional Workforce Development Board
  • Fresno State OCED
  • Fresno Unified School District
  • Global Exchange
  • Hmong Innovating Politics
  • I-CAN Crime Victims Assistance Network
  • Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC)
  • Joshua Longoria Law
  • Kids in Need of Defense, KIND
  • Latino Coalition for a Healthy California
  • Law Office of Jessica Smith Bobadilla
  • Lazaro Salazar Law
  • Little Manila Rising
  • Mi Familia Vota
  • Monte de Sion
  • Northern California Rapid Response and Immigrant Defense Network (NCRRIDN)
  • OneJustice
  • Planned Parenthood Mar Monte
  • Proteus Inc.
  • Radio Bilingue, Inc.
  • Santa Clara County Rapid Response Network
  • Sequoias Adult Education Consortium
  • Sierra Health Foundation/The Center
  • State Center Adult Education Consortium
  • State Center Community College District
  • Stockton USD
  • The California Endowment
  • The Fresno Center
  • The Law Office of Peggy Bristol, Esq.
  • The Wonderful Company
  • UFW Foundation
  • United States Census Bureau
  • United Way of Fresno and Madera Counties
  • Valley API Mental Health Project
  • Wilner Oreilly
  • WKFF
  • Woodlake Family Resource Center
  • Workforce Development Board of Madera County
  • World Relief Corporation-Modesto
  • Youth 2 Leaders Education Foundation
  • Youth Leadership Institute


Registration for the 2018 CVIIC Conference is Now Closed

We have reached venue capacity for the 2018 CVIIC conference.

If you wish to be placed on a waiting list in case some registered participants cancel, please send an email to cviic.chair @ gmail.com

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