*This program is hosted by our partner, Four Freedoms Fund, who has extended an invitation to PNY members. Space is limited and will be granted on a first come, first served basis.*
Our humanitarian protection systems in the U.S. are in peril, and those seeking safety and protection are paying the price with their lives. For asylum seekers, a set of complicated policies on the U.S.-Mexico border has proven extraordinarily difficult to unwind.
Earlier this month, following months of relentless advocacy by the immigrant justice movement, the Biden administration announced that it will end the use of Title 42, which denies people fleeing persecution the right to seek asylum in the U.S. The Title 42 policy effectively closed ports of entry to asylum seekers and used the pandemic as a pretext to expel 1.7 million asylum seekers.
The administration’s announcement has been met with an immediate backlash by anti-immigrant forces, who have filed litigation to stop the rescission, introduced an amendment to the COVID relief package to reinstate the draconian policy, and weaponized the border and migration ahead of the midterm elections. Shortly before the Title 42 announcement, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on the Biden administration’s attempts to rescind another policy, the Migrant Protection Protocols (“Remain in Mexico”), which forced tens of thousands of migrants to stay in Mexico, where they faced high rates of violence and abuse, to await U.S. hearings on their asylum claims.
With the anticipated rescission of Title 42, border communities and humanitarian aid workers are preparing for a significant increase in migration at the U.S.-Mexico border as they already try to meet the needs of migrants arriving at the border who are exempt from Title 42 restrictions (including unaccompanied migrant children and Ukrainian families) or who are eligible for narrow humanitarian parole due to severe vulnerabilities. While legal and legislative challenges may complicate the end of Title 42, it is critical for funders to begin planning for the end of this restrictionist, harmful border policy.
What will you learn?
- Updates on Title 42 and ongoing advocacy to restore the right to asylum in the U.S.
- How communities are scaling up humanitarian services and support for people arriving at the border
- How advocates plan to counter anti-immigrant narratives about migration and the border
- What funders can do to support people seeking refugee and protection in the U.S.
- Vanessa Cardenas, Deputy Director, America's Voice
- Guerline Josef, President, Haitian Bridge Alliance
- Katharina Obser, Director, Women’s Refugee Commission & Welcome with Dignity
- Douglas Rivlin, Director of Communications, America’s Voice
- Marcela Ruiz, Director, California Department of Social Services
- Ted Wang (Moderator), Director, Unbound Philanthropy
Who should attend?
All interested funders in grantmaking roles. What to expect: presentation followed by Q&A.
How do I sign up?
Registration is required by May 4th. Registrants will receive the webinar link a day prior to the program.
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