2022 CVIIC Regional Conference

2022 CVIIC Regional Conference: November 15 in Fresno

The Central Valley Immigrant Integration Collaborative (CVIIC) is pleased to invite representatives of partner organizations to the 2022 CVIIC Regional Conference on Immigrant Integration.

The event will be held from 8am-3pm on November 15, 2022, at the Piccadilly Inn Airport Hotel,

Conference attendance is free of charge, but pre-registration is required and limited to room capacity.

Conference registration is now closed.


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Conference Program

8-8:30 Conference Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30-9:00 Welcome
• Jesus Martinez, Executive Director, CVIIC
• Hugo Morales, Chair, CVIIC Board of Directors
• Hon. Dr. Joaquin Arambula, California State Assemblymember
• Hon. Adriana Gonzalez Carrillo, Cónsul de México en Fresno

9:10-10:10 Round 1 Panel Breakout Sessions

California Immigrant Policy Center: California Legislative Advocacy Training
• Alexis Castro, Government Affairs Director,
• Chloe Steck, Legislative Assistant,
• Andrea Amavisca, Senior Legislative Advocate

The Renaissance of Economic Diversification in the Central Valley: Entrepreneurship, Challenges, Opportunities, and Services
• Dawn Golik, U.S Small Business Administration.
• Rich Mostert, Valley Community Small Business Development Center.
• Dora Westerlund, Fresno Area Hispanic Foundation.
• Moderator: Clarissa Vivian Petrucci, CVIIC

Services for the LGBTQ+ Immigrant Community
• Jennifer (Jen) Cruz, Fresno EOC LGBTQ Resource Center
• Nora Cassidy Legal Aid at Work
• Xo Hernandez, CRLA
• Moderator: Lizette Rojas, Oasis Legal Services

Unaccompanied Children in the Central Valley – Best Practices for Addressing Legal and Social Needs (Part I)
• Katherine Krassilnikoff, Kids In Need Of Defense
• Kristine McKibben, Community Justice Alliance
• Ana Palomares, Community Justice Alliance
• Linda Renland, Bethany Christian Services
• Dinora Mendoza, Bethany Christian Services

The Other California: Exploring the Impact of Immigration Enforcement on Youth and Health
• Maricela Sanchez, ACLU of Northern California
• Andrea Vazquez, California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance (CIYJA)
• Maria-Elena De Trinidad Young, UC Merced

10:20-11:20 Round 2 Panel Breakout Sessions

Best Practices for Filing N400s and Strategies for Complex Cases
• Linda Barreto, New American Legal Clinic at San Joaquin College of Law
• Jesus Castro, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services

Neighborhood Economic Development and Immigrant Entrepreneurship: Build from Within Alliance and Immigrants Rising
• Steve Tobocman. Global Detroit.
• Shahir Ahmed. Build from Within Alliance
• Iliana Perez. Immigrants Rising
• Katharine Gin, Immigrants Rising
• Moderator: Clarissa Vivian Petrucci, CVIIC

Challenges and Opportunities to Welcoming Refugees and Asylum-Seekers in the Central Valley
• Moona Siddiqui, Council on American-Islamic Relations
• Waheed Rahimi, Council on American-Islamic Relations
• Christine Barker, Fresno Interdenominational Refugee Ministries
• Moderator: Allison Davenport, Immigrant Legal Resource Center

Removal Defense Landscape in the Central Valley
• Olga Grosh, Pasifika Immigration Law Group
• Joshua Longoria, Law Office of Joshua Longoria
• Osvaldo Hidalgo Otamendi, Community Justice Alliance (CJA)
• Karina Morales, United Farm Workers Foundation (UFWF)
• Eliana Corona, Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN)
• Moderator: Rosemary Gomez, California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation (CRLAF).

A Discussion on California’s Aging Immigrant Population and the Future of Immigration Reform
• Apolonio Morales, CHIRLA
• Rita Medina, CHIRLA
• Cynthia Gomez, CHIRLA

11:20-1145 Buffet Lunch

11:45-12:45 Plenary Panel

California Leads on Immigrant Rights: Ensuring Central Valley Communities Benefit
• Gina Da Silva, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Governor
• Dr. Joaquin Arambula, California State Assemblymember
• Moderator: Allison Davenport, ILRC


12:45-1:15 Presentation of Champions of Immigrant America Awards

• Hon. Juan Arambula, Former State Assemblymember and CVIIC Founder
• Immigrants Rising
• Naindeep Singh, Executive Director, Jakara Movement
• Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)
• Centro Binacional para el Desarrollo Indígena Oaxaqueño
• Genoveva Islas, Executive Director, Cultiva la Salud and Trustee, Fresno Unified School District



1:20-2:30 Round 3 Panel Breakout Sessions

Combating Immigration Fraud
• Miguel A. Gradilla, Deputy City Attorney, Complex and Affirmative litigation Team, Office of San Francisco City Attorney David Chiu; and
• Agustin (Gus) Hernandez, Supervising Attorney, Office of Chief Trial Counsel, The State Bar of California.
• Manuel Jimenez, Senior Deputy District Attorney, Consumer and Environmental Protection; Office of the District Attorney, Fresno County;
• Ryann Jorban, Deputy in Charge, Economic Justice & Notario Fraud Unit, Consumer Protection Division, Office of the District Attorney, Los Angeles County;
• Moderator: Lazaro Salazar

California Immigrant Policy Center: California Budget Training
• Alexis Castro, Government Affairs Director,
• Chloe Steck, Legislative Assistant,
• Andrea Amavisca, Senior Legislative Advocate

Meeting the Needs of Newcomers Students in PK-12 Schools in the Central Valley
• Moderator: Ruth Barajas, Californians Together
• Efrain Tovar, Selma Unified School District
• Lindsay Bird, TeachPlus

DACA Today and Tomorrow: Strategies for Working with DACAmented Individuals
• Moderator: Veronica Garcia, Immigrant Legal Resource Center
• Jennifer Doerrie, Law Offices of Jennifer Doerrie
• Gregorio Matiaz Sebastian, Education and Leadership Foundation
• Olga Grosh Pratt, Pasifika Immigration Law Group

2:35-3:20 Plenary: Regional Priorities and Strategy for 2023

3:20-4:00 Mixer


Preliminary List of Participating Agencies

Access Plus Capital
Alianza del Valle
America Works of California
American Red Cross
Belen Sanchez Insurance Agency
Bethany Christian Services
Build from Within Alliance
California Collaborative for Immigrant Justice
California Department of Justice
California Pan-Ethnic Health Network
California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation
Californians Together
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Fresno
Central California Legal Services, Inc.
Central Valley Children’s Services Network
Central Valley Immigrant Integration Collaborative
Central Valley Women’s Entrepreneur Center
Centro Binacional para el Desarrollo Indigena Oaxaqueño
Centro La Familia Advocacy Services
City of Fresno Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs
Community Justice Alliance
Consulate of Mexico in Fresno
Contra Costa Immigrant Rights
Council on American-Islamic Relations
CRLA Foundation
Cultiva La Salud
Education and Leadership Foundation
Fresno Adult School
Fresno City College
Fresno City College Dream Center
Fresno Interdenominational Refugee Ministries
Fresno Regional Workforce Development Board
Global Detroit
Immigrant Legal Defense
Immigrant Legal Resource Center
International Rescue Committee
Jakara Movement
Kids in Need of Defense
Law Offices of Jennifer Doerrie
Law Office of Jesus Martinez
Law Office of Joshua Longoria
Lazaro Salazar Law, Inc.
Legal Aid at Work
Madera Unified School District
Merced County
Mixteco/Indígena Community Organizing Project
Mi Familia Vota
Oasis Legal Services
Office of Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula
Pasifika Immigration Law Group
Prosperity Lab
Proteus, Inc.
Radio Bilingue
Root & Rebound
San Joaquin College of Law New American Legal Clinic
Selma Unified School District
Sequoias Adult Education Consortium
Small Business Administration
State Bar of California
State Center Adult Education Consortium
State of CA
Teach Plus CA
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
UC Merced
UFW Foundation
Unidos Por Salud
United Way of Merced County
Valley Caregiver Resource Center
Valley Community Small Business Development Center
Vision y Compromiso
West Coast Mennonite Central Committee
Westside Family Preservation Services Network
WKF Fund

We look forward to seeing you at the 2022 Regional Conference!

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