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Virtual Immigration Convening

August 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for a virtual convening bringing together nonprofits and leaders of the immigrant community to strategize the best ways to support Fairfield County’s immigrants and their families.
Registration for this event has been closed. For questions, please email LGuzman@FCCFoundation.org.


Welcome Remarks
10:00 – 10:20AM

Keynote Speaker:
Theresa Cardinal Brown, Director of Immigration and Cross-Border Policy,
Bipartisan Policy Center
10:20 – 10:35AM
Brown will discuss “how we got here” with regard to immigrants in the United States. She’ll cover challenges in federal legislation and policy-making, the increase in interest from states and localities in investing in the lives of immigrants, the impact of COVID-19 on the immigrant communities, and how we can create a cohesive future for America, immigrants, and our immigration system.

Panel: Our Cities and COVID-19 Recovery
10:35 – 11:05AM
We’ll discuss issues in the four cities with the largest immigrant populations in Fairfield County: Danbury, Stamford, Norwalk, and Bridgeport. Specifically, the panelists will explore the immigrant experience in each city and provide thoughts on COVID-19 recovery. Panelists will include: Kit Sathong, Program Coordinator of Regional YMCA; Barbara Lopez, Executive Director of Make the Road CT; Eric Lopez, Community Organizer & Programming Coordinator of Connecticut Students for a Dream; and Anka Badurina, Executive Director of Building One Community.

John Moore, Senior Staff Photographer and Special Correspondent, Getty Images

11:05 – 11:20AM
Moore, a Pulitzer Prize winner, will show and discuss samples of his award-winning photography covering immigration issues and immigrant family stories.

Panel: Innovations and Success in Immigrant Support
11:20 – 11:50AM
We’ll discuss cross-sector collaborations, including those with local government, designed to build the capacity to support immigrant communities, as well as explore ideas for multiple organizations to share space to provide co-located services. Panelists will include: Karen Gottlieb, Executive Director of Americares Free Clinics; Marissa Mangone, Director, Business Development of Child Guidance Center of
; and Alicia Kinsman, Senior Staff Attorney & Technical Advisor of Connecticut Institute
for Refugees and Immigrant

Closing Remarks
11:50AM – 12:00PM

Log-in information will be provided at a later date.


August 11
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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