CVIIC 2023 Regional Conference on Immigrant Integration

CVIIC 2023 Regional Conference on Immigrant Integration

We are pleased to inform that the CVIIC 2023 Regional Conference on Immigration Integration will be held in Fresno on November 15. The annual event is designed to bring together representatives of immigrant serving organizations, address priority issues in trainings and panel sessions, recognize outstanding community leaders, and help to define a regional agenda for the following year. The event is free of charge, but pre-registration is required.


CVIIC 2023 Regional Conference on Immigrant Integration

Conference Photographs


Conference Program

Location: Piccadilly Inn Airport Hotel, 5115 E. McKinley Ave, Fresno, CA 93727

8-8:30 Conference Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30-8:45 Welcome
• Hugo Morales, Chair, CVIIC Board of Directors
• Jesus Martinez, Executive Director, CVIIC

8:50-9:50 Plenary Panel with Central Valley Legislators
• Hon. Esmeralda Soria, California State Assemblymember
• Hon. Dr. Joaquin Arambula, California State Assemblymember
• Moderator, Allison Davenport, Immigrant Legal Resource Center

10:00-10:55 Round 1 Panel Breakout Sessions

Stemming the Tide: Ins and Outs of Pro Se Asylum Clinics for Afghan Nationals
• Moona Siddiqui- Managing Immigrant Rights Attorney
• Karen Pedraza- Immigrant Rights Attorney
• Tanvi Zaveri- CAIR-SV/CC Immigrant Rights Attorney
• Stefany Munoz- CAIR-SV/CC Paralegal and Legal Assistant

Understanding the unique challenges faced by UCs and the Services available in the Central Valley
• Kristina McKibben, Esq., Executive Director, Community Justice Alliance
• Dinora Mendoza, Lead Case Manager -Post Release Services for Unaccompanied Children, Bethany Christian Services
• Linda Renland , Regional Supervisor, Post Release Services for Unaccompanied Children, Bethany Christian Services

Civic Engagement 101: Beyond Voter Registration
• Jessica Flores, SIREN
• Patsy Mejia, SIREN
• Giselle Gazca, Poder Latinx
• Andrea Bolaños, SIREN

Central Valley Removal Defense Network and Strategy Session
• Facilitator: Rosemary Gomez, California Rural Legal Aid Foundation

11-11:55 Round 2 Panel Breakout Sessions

Prepare Today for Tomorrow: Options for Immigrants in a World of Frequently Changing Immigration Law
• Linda Barreto, San Joaquin College of Law
• Jesus Martinez, Esq., Law Offices of Jesus Martinez
• Gregorio Matiaz, Education and Leadership Foundation
• Olga Grosh, Pasifika Immigration Law Group

What Does Support Look Like? The Integration of Legal and Social Services and Immigration Status as a Social Determinant of Health
• Elizabeth Camarena, Esq. , Managing Director, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), Fresno Team
• Diana Diaz Madera, MPH, LCSW, Social Services Supervisor, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), Central Valley & Southern California Region
• Marcus Crawford, MSW, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Social Work Education, Fresno State University
• Juana Echeveste-Davis, Social Services Coordinator, Oasis Legal Services
• Moderator: Adam Chang, JD, Executive Director, Oasis Legal Services

2022-2023 Central Valley English Learner Policy Agenda
• Manuel Buenrostro, CalTog Director of Policy,
• Sade Williams, Engagement & Strategic Initiatives Associate for PIQE,
• Eric Alvarez, Central Valley Policy Associate for CalTog.

12:00-1:30 Lunch and Plenary

12:15-12:30 Presentation of CVIIC Champions of Immigrant America Awards
• California Immigrant Policy Center
• Centro La Familia Advocacy Services
• Community Justice Alliance
• Little Manila Rising
• UC Merced Community and Labor Center

12:30-1:25 Entrepreneurship as a Pathway for Immigrant Economic Mobility
• Estefania Hermosillo, Immigrants Rising
• Matias Bernal, Education and Leadership Foundation
• Antonio Aguilar, Small Business Majority
• Mike Temali, Build from Within Alliance
• Diane Lydon, State of California Department of General Services
• Moderator: Jesus Martinez, CVIIC

1:30-2:30 Round 3 Panel Breakout Sessions
Understanding Reproductive Health Care for Immigrant Communities
• Sylvia Castillo, Director, Government + Community Affairs, Essential Access
• Socorro Santillan, Director of Public Affairs Planned Parenthood Mar Monte

Fertile Grounds: Cultivating and Nurturing the Central Valley’s Rural Entrepreneurship Ecosystem
• Ana Alfaro, Director, Valley Women’s Entrepreneurship Center, CSU Fresno
• Dora Westerlund, CEO, Fresno Area Hispanic Foundation
• Pamela Mostert, Vice President of Lending, AccessPlus Capital
• Rich Mostert, Director, Valley Small Business Development Center
• Moderator: Juan Carranza, CVIIC

DACA: Preparing for the Future
• Matias Bernal, Education and Leadership Foundation
• Xavier Vasquez Baez, Centro La Familia Advocacy Services
• Veronica Garcia, Immigrant Legal Resource Center

Building Immigrant Community Power: How We Must shape Politics & Policy through Power Building
Mike Espinoza, The Children’s Movement

2:30-3:30 Plenary: Our Regional Priorities and Strategy for 2024



Agencies Participating in the CVIIC 2023 Regional Conference on Immigrant Integration:

  • Access Plus Capital
  • ACLU of Northern California
  • Office of Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula
  • Bethany Christian Services
  • Build from Within Alliance
  • CAIR
  • California Collaborative for Immigrant Justice (CCIJ)
  • California Department of General Services
  • California Department of Justice, Office of Attorney General Bonta
  • California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC)
  • California Pan-Ethnic Health Network
  • Californians Together
  • Casey Family Programs
  • Central California Legal Services
  • Central Valley Immigrant Integration Collaborative
  • Central Valley Children’s Services Network-Parent Voices Fresno
  • Central Valley Women’s Entrepreneur Center
  • Centro La Familia Advocacy Services
  • CHIRLA (Coalition for Human Immigrant Rights)
  • Community Development Inc.
  • Community Justice Alliance
  • CRLA Foundation Fresno
  • D.A.R.T. West/California State University, Fresno
  • Education & Leadership Foundation
  • Essential Access Health
  • Farmersville Unified School District
  • Fresno Adult School
  • Fresno Area Hispanic Foundation
  • Fresno County Public Defender
  • Fresno Interdenominational Refugee Ministries
  • Fresno State/Wise Soul LLC
  • Fresno Unified School District
  • Grassroots Political Power
  • Higher Education for All
  • iHeart Media
  • Immigrant Defense Advocates
  • Immigrant Legal Defense
  • Immigrant Legal Resource Center
  • Immigrants Rising
  • Kids in Need of Defense
  • Jakara Movement
  • Jobs for the Future
  • Law Offices of Jesus Martinez
  • Legal Aid at Work
  • Lowell Community Development Corporation
  • MCSC Kern Women’s Business Center
  • Northern Valley Catholic Social Service
  • Oasis Legal Services
  • Pasifika Immigration Law Group LLP
  • Planned Parenthood Mar Monte
  • Proteus, Inc
  • Radio Bilingue
  • San Joaquin College of Law/NALC
  • SCORE Central Valley
  • Sequoias Adult Education Consortium
  • Services, Immigrant Rights & Education Network (SIREN)
  • Small Business Majority
  • State Center Adult Education Consortium
  • State of California Department of General Services
  • Stone Soup Fresno
  • The Academy of Financial Education
  • The Children’s Movement of Fresno
  • The Fresno Center
  • UC Immigrant Legal Services Center
  • UC Merced
  • UC Merced Community and Labor Center
  • UFW Foundation
  • Valley Community SBDC
  • West Coast Mennonite Central Committee

To attend the conference, please fill out the registration form below.

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