Philanthropy New York is excited to announce Humanizing Immigration, a special three-part series, examining the U.S. immigration system.
While immigration remains a contentious and much discussed policy issue in the United States, we rarely examine how narratives are created about who belongs and who does not – and why and when. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed contradictions between fear-based narratives about immigrants and stories of heroism for immigrants who work on the front lines of the crisis. What do we mean when we talk about immigration? And what are the implications of those discussions for the many and diverse immigrant communities that are integral to this project we call “America?”
Join us on a digital exploration of migration and policy. Through presentations, performances and panels, we will take a close look at a topic that’s vital this election year – especially in the wake of rapidly-evolving federal policy. We will examine the facts and myths of immigration, the forces driving polarization, the human face of current policies, and the importance of advocacy, coalition-building and storytelling.
Please note: Participants will automatically be registered for all three sessions once you register for the first session.
This in-depth program series is structured across three weeks in May 2020, through three 90-minute virtual sessions.
Part 1: Human Migration
Thursday, May 14, 2:00 - 3:30 PM
Join the launch of this series as we first explore the forces that motivate human migration, from war to climate change to civil unrest.
Series Intro by Philanthropy New York Board Chair
Kyung Yoon, President, Korean American Community Foundation
Cristina Jiménez, Executive Director and Co-Founder, United We Dream
Panel: Human Migration
Introduced by Taryn Higashi, Executive Director, Unbound Philanthropy
- Muzaffar Chishti, Director, MPI's office at NYU School of Law, Migration Policy Institute
- Becca Heller, Co-Founder and Executive Director, International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP)
- Joe Salvo, Chief Demographer, NYC Department of City Planning
- Pat Swann (Moderator), Senior Program Officer, Civic Affairs, Community Development, and Technical Assistance, The New York Community Trust
Part 2: The Federal Policy Landscape
Thursday, May 21, 2:00 - 3:30 PM
Continue the conversation by diving into the drivers of our current federal immigration policies and the implications for our immigrant communities.
Jose Antonio Vargas, Founder, Define American
Panel: Federal Policies
Introduced by Geri Mannion, Program Director, U.S. Democracy and Special Opportunities Fund, Carnegie Corporation of New York
- Rini Chakraborty, Senior Program Officer, NEO Philanthropy's Four Freedoms Fund
- Alejandro (Ali) Mayorkas, Former Director, US Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security and Partner, WilmerHale
- Miriam Ticktin, Scholar, The Russell Sage Foundation and Associate Professor of Anthropology, New School for Social Research
- Felicia Wong (Moderator), President and CEO, Roosevelt Institute
Part 3: Impact Opportunities at the City and State Level
Thursday, May 28, 2:00 - 3: 30 PM
Join local advocates working on counter-policies on the city and state level to explore the kinds of issues states can push - and where funders can really make a difference - to produce better outcomes for immigrants.
Candace Thompson-Zachery, Dance Artist, Choreographer, Founder, Dance Caribbean COLLECTIVE
Panel: City/State Policies
Introduced by Maria Mottola, Executive Director, New York Foundation
- Rich Leimsider, Executive Director, Safe Passage Project
- Jeremy Robbins, Executive Director, New American Economy
- Javier H. Valdés, Co-Executive Director, Make the Road New York
- Mariko Silver (Moderator), President and CEO, Henry Luce Foundation
* A special thanks to the Mertz Gilmore Foundation for their generous support in providing performance to our Ser
Series Closing Remarks
Ronna Brown, President, Philanthropy New York
The Humanizing Immigration series is open to Philanthropy New York members only.
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