Latino and Immigrant Advocacy Groups Discuss the Tensions Between Historically Marginalized Communities 

February 21, 2024
Interviews available
Yanci Nuñez | [email protected] (312) 866-0312
Samantha Ruvalcaba | [email protected] (312) 235-4612
Sylvia Ortiz-Cooper | [email protected] (312) 753-8175




Part three of the webinar series will address the inequalities that long-term undocumented immigrants and Black and Brown communities are facing in the United States as Migrants Arrive.



CHICAGO — On Thursday, February 22, 204, Alianza Americas, the Latino Policy Forum, Center for Immigrant Progress, The Resurrection Project, and the National Immigrant Justice Center, will host Part III of our three-part webinar series titled “Contextualizing the Migrant Crisis Narrative,” an effort from Latino and immigrant advocacy groups to broaden understanding of multiple and complex factors that migrants from Latin America and the Caribbean confront when deciding to come to the United States. This webinar series arrives at a critical moment as Congress and the White House continue negotiations around proposed changes to immigration policy that will have detrimental impacts on migrant communities and those rightfully seeking safety and a dignified life in the United States. 


Part III: Addressing the Tensions Between Historically Marginalized Communities, takes place this Thursday, February 2 at 9:30 am CT. The arrival of more than 35,000 migrants to Chicago from border states has put the welcoming city to the test. The arrival of new migrants, in addition to the more than 11 million undocumented people who have been living in the U.S. for years, has exposed the serious flaws in the social policies meant to promote the well-being of all people that comprise U.S. society today.


Join the conversation to learn how communities and organizations are working hard to build dialogue and solidarity and learn how you can support newly arrived migrants and advocate for long-term immigrants while supporting your community. Leading the discussion are panelists Eréndira Rendón, vice president of Immigrant Justice at The Resurrection Project, Benji Hart, interdisciplinary artist, author, and educator, Matt Demateo, Executive Director, New Life Centers of Chicagoland; and Bill Fletcher Jr., trade unionist and writer. The conversation will be moderated by Sylvia Puente, President and CEO of the Latino Policy Forum. 


Click here to register for the February 22 webinar 


Panelists will be available for interviews immediately following each event. 


This will be a conversation in English with simultaneous Spanish interpretation.


About the Series


Part I: A Deep Dive into the Causes of Migration


Part II: Chicago’s Response and Lessons Learned 




About Alianza Americas

Alianza Americas is the premier transnational advocacy network of Latin American migrant-led organizations working in the United States, across the Americas, and globally to create an inclusive, equitable and sustainable way of life for communities across North, Central and South America.


About the Latino Policy Forum

The Latino Policy Forum is the only organization in the Chicago area that facilitates the involvement of Latinos at all levels of public decision-making. The Forum conducts analysis to inform, influence and lead. Its goals are to improve education outcomes, advocate for affordable housing, promote just immigration policies, and engage diverse sectors of the community, with an understanding that advancing Latinos advances a shared future. For more information, visit


About Center for Immigrant Progress

The Center for Immigrant Progress is a grassroots organization led by young leaders passionate about social justice and immigrant rights. Our mission is to build communities that provide protection, education, and social and economic opportunity for immigrant children and families. Our vision is an immigrant community that is self-empowered, and civically engaged to transform social structures that benefit all people. For more information, visit


About The Resurrection Project

The Resurrection Project (TRP) builds trusting relationships to educate and propel individuals, immigrants, and families to achieve their social and economic aspirations, stable homes, and equitable participation in their community. TRP is a leading provider of affordable housing, financial education, and immigration services on Chicago’s Southwest side.

During the past three decades TRP has worked to improve the lives of individuals and families by creating wealth, building assets, and engaging residents to be catalysts for change. Rooted in the Pilsen community, TRP’s impact now extends across the City of Chicago and through the State of Illinois; we are making steady progress towards leveraging and preserving more than $1 billion in community wealth by 2025. To learn more about our programs and services visit us at   

About the National Immigrant Justice Center

Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) is dedicated to ensuring human rights protections and access to justice for all immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers.

With offices in Chicago, Indiana, San Diego, and Washington, D.C., NIJC provides direct legal services to and advocates for these populations through policy reform, impact litigation, and public education. Since its founding three decades ago, NIJC has been unique in blending individual client advocacy with broad-based systemic change.

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