2019 CVIIC Conference

2019 CVIIC Conference: November 8, 2019 in Fresno

The 2019 CVIIC Conference on Immigrant Integration took place in Fresno on November 8, 2019. We were pleased to count on the participation of many colleagues from throughout the Central Valley and other parts of California.

The day-long event was designed to empower immigrant serving organizations.

The CVIIC conference is an annual opportunity for organizations in the Central Valley (and other parts of California) to come together and take advantage of the opportunity to network, promote collaboration and coordination of efforts, participate in discussions, attend trainings related to immigration law and related topics, and strategize to better serve immigrant families.

Who Attends?

The annual conference bring together a wide range of partners representing a diversity of organizations and agencies involved in work with immigrant communities in the Central Valley. This includes: community based organizations, nonprofit immigration legal services providers, public sector agencies, educational institutions (K-12, higher education, adult education), health advocates and clinics, funders, elected officials, researchers, community leaders and many more!

Below, please find the partial list of organizations represented in the 2019 conference:

ACLU of Northern California

Assyrian American Civic Club of Turlock

Building Healthy Communities – Kern

California Collaborative for Immigrant Justice

California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation

California State University, Fresno


Census Complete Count 2020

Central California Legal Services

Central Valley Immigrant Integration Collaborative

Central Valley Equal Voice Network

Centro Binacional Para el Desarrollo Indigena Oaxaqueño

Centro La Familia Advocacy Services, Inc


Comprehensive Youth Services

Congressman TJ Cox

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

Education and Leadership Foundation

Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin Immigration Task Force

Faith in the Valley

Fresno Adult School

Fresno Barrios Unidos

Fresno County Public Library

Fresno EOC

Fresno Pacific University

Fresno Regional Workforce Development Board


Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)

Lazaro Salazar Law, Inc.

Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability

Lingüística Interpreting & Translation

Mi Familia Vota


Planned Parenthood

Proteus, Inc

Radio Bilingue, Inc.

Richard Heath & Associates (RHA Inc.)

Sacramento ACT

San Joaquin College of Law

San Joaquin Refugee And Immigrant Support and Empowerment (SJRAISE)

Senator Anna Caballero

Sequoias Adult Education Consortium


St Paul Newman Center

St. James Episcopal Cathedral

State Center Adult Education Consortium

Tulare County Association of Governments

UFW Foundation

Univision Television Group

Vision y Compromiso

Watsonville Law Center

West Coast Mennonite Central Committee

West Hills Community College District (WHCCD)

Wilner & Oreilly

WKF Fund

World Workforce International

Youth 2 Leaders Education Foundation

Conference Photos Gallery

Some photos from the 2019 CVIIC Regional Conference on Immigrant Integration




Keynote Speaker: Gina Da Silva, Senior Policy Advisor for Immigration, Office of Governor Gavin Newsom


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Gina Da Silva

Gina Da Silva is the Senior Policy Advisor for Immigration in the Office of Governor Gavin Newsom.

Gina was the Director of Government Affairs at the California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC) since 2017, where she worked since 2011 in several critical roles, co-leading a budget campaign and administrative advocacy to establish the “One California” Immigration Services Funding as well as subsequent campaigns to increase state funding for access to legal tools that reduce detentions and deportations. She led legislative efforts to advance state protections for workers against E-Verify, in addition to efforts against mass detentions and deportations through the TRUTH Act and its expansion the CA Values Act. Gina also drove efforts to address equity and inclusion for immigrants and refugees within workforce development and adult education policies.

Gina is a California native whose passion for social justice and immigrant rights was shaped by her family’s’ immigrant experience and her lived experience in the United States and abroad.

Program (Version 11/4/19)

The draft program listed below will be updated on an ongoing basis. Speakers and panelists have been confirmed.

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

8:30-8:45            Welcome

8:45-10:15           Inaugural Panel: Strategies to Serve our Most Vulnerable Immigrant Communities

– Katie Annand, KIND (Kinds in Need of Defense)
– Mario Gonzalez, Centro la Familia Advocacy Services
– Hamid Yazdan, Immigration Advocate
– Jackie Gonzalez, California Collaborative for Immigrant Justice
Moderator: Angelica Salceda, ACLU of Northern California

10:15-11:45         Round 1 Breakout Groups

  • The 2020 Census and the Central Valley: Strategies and Resources to Achieve a Complete and Accurate Count

– Ed Kissam, WK Family Giving Fund
– Emilio Vaca, California Complete Count Office
– Ellen Braff-Guajardo, Sierra Health Foundation
– Alejandra Garcia, Kern County Complete Count Committee
– Barbara Pilegard, Tulare County Complete Count Committee
Moderator: Cindy Quezada, Sierra Health Foundation

  • Public Charge Training: “Making Sense of Public Charge”

-Allison Davenport, Immigrant Legal Resource Center

  • The Fresno County Legal Defense Fund – Learn More about Using this Resource!

– Sukaina Hussain, Council on American-Islamic Relations
– Elizabeth Lincoln, Kids in Need of Defense
– Ariana Martinez, Faith in the Valley

  • Self Care: Intro to Trauma-Informed Community Work and Skills to Build Mindfulness and Resilience in Ourselves and Those We Serve (I)

-Artie Padilla, Executive Director of Every Neighborhood Partnership

-America Hernandez, Social Services Coordinator for KIND

11:45                     Buffet Lunch

12:00-12:30         Keynote Speaker: Gina Da Silva, Senior Policy Advisor for Immigration, Office of Governor Gavin Newsom

12:30-1:00           Presentation of CVIIC Awards to 7 Outstanding Community Leaders and Agencies

  • Maria Maldonado
  • Fresno Adult School
  • California Collaborative for Immigrant Justice
  • Angelica Salceda, ACLU of Northern California
  • Leslie Dorosin, The Grove Foundation
  • Senator Melissa Hurtado
  • Senator Maria Elena Durazo

1:00-2:30              Round 2 Breakout Sessions

  • Naturalization and DACA: Strategies for the Central Valley

– Fatima Hernandez, UFW Foundation
– Em Puhl and Veronica Garcia, Immigrant Legal Resource Center
– Xavier Vazquez, Education and Leadership Foundation
– Linda Barreto, San Joaquin College of Law
– Lisa Agao, Fresno Adult School
Moderator: Lazaro Salazar, Lazaro Salazar Law, Inc.

  • Models of Advocacy and Civic Engagement

– Maricela Gutierrez, SIREN
– Nataly Santamaria, Vision y Compromiso
– Noe Paramo, CRLA Foundation
Moderator: Hugo Morales, Radio Bilingue

  • Self-Care:Intro to Trauma-Informed Community Work and Skills to Build Mindfulness and Resilience in Ourselves and Those We Serve (Afternoon Session)

-Artie Padilla, Executive Director of Every Neighborhood Partnership

-America Hernandez, Social Services Coordinator for KIND

  • Making Sure CA Counts in the 2020 Census: Our Investment in Our Community 

– Patricia Vazquez-Topete, California Complete Count Office
– Mai Thao, California Complete Count Office

2:30-3:30              Plenary: Development of a Regional Strategy to Empower Immigrants and Immigrant Serving Organizations

3:30                        Conclusion

2019 CVIIC Conference Registration

Registration for the 2019 CVIIC conference is now closed.

Thank you to all the colleagues who signed up to attend. We are looking forward to seeing you at the event on 11/8!

Is There a Fee?

The event is completely free but registration is required. When capacity is reached the registration process will be closed. A waiting list will be created in case of cancellations.

CVIIC Conference Flyer

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2019 CVIIC Conference Flyer

Past Conferences

To get a better idea of our annual conferences, you may wish to visit our 2018 Conference here.