Wrap-up of Webinar Series “Contextualizing the Migrant Narrative”

The arrival of people seeking protection in the United States over the last two years in combination with the lack of policies that meet the most basic needs of current residents has fueled a rise in anti-immigrant sentiments. Alianza Americas set out to influence the course of the national discourse on migrants and migration with the webinar series entitled Contextualizing the Migrant Crisis Narrative. The series was led by a group of organizations in the Chicagoland area as an effort to contextualize the current wave of migrants arriving in the United States. 


In the first two conversations, we discussed the various factors that drive people to flee their homes; the responses, or lack thereof, from governments at all levels to address the needs of our most vulnerable populations, and the resulting gaps that key civil society organizations are working diligently to fill. The series ended with a discussion on how to harmonize the struggles of historically marginalized communities and build on this moment as an opportunity for unity. While our webinar series has come to an end, our work to continue shifting narratives about migrants and migration continues.


We thank those who were able to join the series of dialogues. If you missed  the conversations, we invite you to watch the recordings below. 

Note: When you click on the link, look for the globe icon at the bottom of the screen to activate the interpretation in English or Spanish

Note: Available in English and Spanish

Note: Available in English and Spanish

A special thanks to our partners and collaborators on this webinar series, The Latino Policy Forum, Center for Immigrant Progress, National Immigrant Justice Center, and The Resurrection Project. See below a robust list of resources that were shared throughout the three webinars: 


New Life Centers

Welcome to IL (The Latino Policy Forum & The Resurrection Project)

  • The Latino Policy Forum convenes the Welcome to IL coalition, a biweekly meeting with different stakeholders to learn about everything that is going on with this humanitarian crisis and share resources. If anyone is interested in attending, please email [email protected].
  • The Latino Policy Forum has also compiled a list of resources for new arrivals. They can be found here.

Benji Hart

National Immigrant Justice Center 

Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights 

  • ICIRR will also be offering opportunities for community members to take action and get involved. Sign up for our email list to stay in touch: https://p2a.co/csudyth 


Center for Immigrant Progress 

  • The Center for Immigrant Progress has a podcast called Through Immigrant Eyes. You can listen to this podcast on YouTube and Spotify
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