For Immediate Release

Contact: Natali Fani-González,, 202.787.1813


Dozens of Latinos and immigrants from at least 10 states convene in Washington, DC to attend immigration forum, Congressional visits


Washington, DC – This Monday afternoon, a group of experts representing a range of perspectives on immigration policy will gather at American University Washington College of Law to evaluate the current state of our broken immigration system and how it has severally impacted families nationwide, share their assessment of where we are now in the immigration debate in Capitol Hill, and how civil society can successfully advocate for a humane and effective update of our immigration policies.

“Deportations and detentions are at their highest rates ever, and anti-immigrant rhetoric continues to skew the policy proposals on immigration reform,” stated Oscar Chacón, executive director of the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC). “We must come together to change the tone and look for the practical solutions that we desperately need.”

NALACC, a network of community-based, Latino and Caribbean immigrant-led organizations across the United States, is convening several dozen immigrant leaders to participate in Monday’s forum called  “Lifting Latino Voices: A Community Dialogue on Immigration Policy.”

The organizations participating come to Washington, DC from at least 10 states, including: California, Massachusetts, New York, Illinois, Nevada, Nebraska, Florida, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Texas.

“Immigrants from Mexico and Central American countries make up the vast majority of people being placed in detention and subsequently deported at the rhythm of over 1,100 people per day; this is one of the main reasons that motivates NALACC members to come to DC and speak up about the reality in our communities across the nation,” concluded Mr. Chacon.

The forum will be followed by Congressional visits the next day, where participants will be sharing with congressional representatives their immigration principles based on the forum findings.

For more information about the forum, please visit NALACC’s website: