Know your Rights Workshop captivates large audience

Publish Date: 
Mar 13, 2017

On Saturday, March 4, 2017, the Sociology Department in collaboration with Mi CASA, Immigration Law Office of Magnolia Zarraga, Adriana Melgoza from the Watsonville Law Center, and Daisy Leon from the Service Learning Institute at CSU Monterey Bay, organized a Know Your Rights Train-the Trainer workshop for professionals in Santa Cruz and Monterey County. Over 160 participants attended the workshop representing agencies such as Head Start, Read to Me Project, Monterey County Health Department, Monterey County Rape Crisis Center, Catholic Charities, NAACP, Central Coast Citizenship Project, Whites for Racial Justice, Baktun 12, Boys and Girls Clubs of Monterey County, Mercy Housing, to name a few. This illustrates community leaders and advocates’ commitment in responding to the needs of immigrant communities - work that they are already doing.

The goal of the Immigration Know Your Rights Community Leaders Workshop was to assist service providers, educators, non-profit organizations, and community leaders on how to conduct their own Know Your Rights workshops in the immigrant community. Trustee Erica Padilla-Chavez and I had the honor of welcoming the attendees. At the training, participants learned about immigration policies and deportation, current immigration legislation, Mexican consular services, and legal and referral services. An art workshop and self-care were also part of the training.

The training was a success! Overwhelmingly, participants expressed positive remarks.

“We often focus on the "college" part of community colleges, and for good reason: we gather for inquiry, scholarship, teaching and learning,” said Hartnell College English Professor, Dr. Peter Gray directing comment to Dr. Hortencia Jimenez who organized the event. “However, with your leadership this past weekend, I am reminded again of the importance of attending to "community" as an important, foundational concept in our educational enterprise here at Hartnell.” 

Dr. Jimenez issued a certificate of appreciation to the facilitators and the interpreter of the training: Elizabeth Rubalcaba, Daisy Leon, Magnolia Zarraga, Adriana Melgoza, Blanca Zarazua, Lupe Jaime. (Missing in photo are Dr. Marnie Glazier and Sara Sturtevant.)

A community forum will follow on April 23, 2017 at the Student Center.