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Legal Fair Sat. April 6, 2019

Join us at the Legal Fair this Saturday, April 6 at Jordan Mathews High School at 910 E. Cardinal St., Siler City
The Legal Fair will offer 7 workshops (see below), an Expo of legal services, consulates and  agencies, AND free consultations with attorneys.
Childcare is NOT available. Delicious tacos will be on sale. Questions? Call us at 919-742-1448
PROGRAM: 
11:30 AM       Registration & schedule free consultations with attorneys (appointments  on a first-come, first-served basis)
 1:00 PM         Opening & Welcome

                 Ilana Dubester, Executive Director, The Hispanic Liaison
                 Mike Dasher, Chair, Chatham County Board of Commissioners

1:30 PM         Plenary Session ~ Dialog with Law Enforcement Leaders

Law enforcement leaders will share information and answer questions from the audience.
                    Sheriff Mike Roberson, Chatham County
                    Sheriff Tracy Carter, Lee County
                    Interim Police Chief Jeanne Miller, Siler City Police Department

Simultaneous Workshops ~ 2:45 to 3:45 PM
Know Your Rights & Legislative Update           

Information about ICE raids, immigrants’ rights and pending anti-immigrant legislation in North Carolina.

 Family Law 

Information about divorce and child custody issues.

 Tenant’s Rights

Information about tenant’s rights and fair housing laws.

Simultaneous Workshops ~ 4:00 to 5:00 PM
Dialog for Immigrant Allies

Information about immigration laws, the recent ICE raids and how allies can support immigrants’ rights.

Latinx Youth Dialog 

A safe space for Latinx youth to talk about issues that affect their lives, learn about resources and strategies for taking action to advance immigrants’ rights.

Emergency Planning & Powers of Attorney

How to protect your family in case of deportation and powers of attorney. If you want a power of attorney, you must attend this workshop to register for the free legal clinic on 6/15/2019.

 

 

Presentation to Siler City Commissioners

You’re invited to an important meeting with the Siler City Town Commissioners on Monday, April 1 at 7pm sharp.

During the past 2 years, The Hispanic Liaison, in collaboration with the Town of Siler City and many other organizations, have participated in a program of UNC’s Latino Migration Project. The goal was to develop recommendations to the town to improve access to the services and opportunities from the Town of Siler City.

At this meeting, we’ll present our recommendations to the town commissioners. Please join us to learn more and to show your support for our efforts. Spanish interpreting will be provided. Call us at 919-742-1448 if you have any questions.

Liberation Not Deportation

Please help families impacted by the ICE raids to reunite with their loved ones.  We have raised $36,000 and only need $4,000 more to reach  our goal!

In just one week this February, ICE detained 297 immigrants in NC; the majority were from our region. Your donation will help families in Chatham, Lee, Orange, Durham, Randolph and Wake counties.

 
The Liberation Not Deportation Fund is a joint effort between The Hispanic Liaison and El Centro Hispano to help families directly impacted by the ICE raids pay for legal representation. The fee to hire an immigration attorney ranges from $5,000 to $15,000.  
Can we count on your generosity to help these families? Thank you!
You may donate via Facebook or mail a check with memo Liberation Fund to:
Hispanic Liaison
200 N. Chatham Ave.
Siler City, NC 27344
 
If you know someone who needs help, please ask them to call:
The Hispanic Liaison (919) 742-1448 or
El Centro Hispano (919) 687-4635

A Heartfelt Thank You!

Our heartfeld gratitute to each of the 142 generous donors who responded to our call for help this February. Together, they contributed $13,960 for The Hispanic Liaison to empower the Latinx community and advance the rights of immigrants. 

We are honored for their generosity and solidarity with our community and organization.  As a small organization,  all donations truly makes a difference.

Some updates on our efforts:
  • We are currently helping 15 families impacted by the ICE raids and more are calling for help every week. ICE arrested 297 immigrants across NC in just one week, the majority were detained in our region.

Hispanic Liaison
200 N. Chatham Ave.
Siler City, NC 27344

Mil gracias for your support!
We hope to see you our 3rd LeGAL FAIR on Saturday, April 6 in Siler City from 1 to 5:30 PM.
It’s free and open to the public. Want sponsor or volunteer at the Fair? Click  here!

Congratulations to the winners of our special drawing!
For each $100 donated, the donor’s name was entered into the drawing.
We had 98 entries! A BIG thank you to Shakori Hills and the Basnight Family!

Martha Hernandez of Raleigh won 2 full- weekend passes to Shakori Hills Music Festival this spring!

 

Rachel Valentine of Chapel Hill won the photo-op with Rameses, the UNC ram mascot!

Show The Love this February

SHOW YOUR LOVE and  SOLIDARITY   this February

In just one week this February, ICE arrested 270 immigrants in our region; 25 were detained at a workplace raid in Sanford. Many Chatham families were impacted.

We are heartbroken by the panic and suffering in our community and have huge tasks ahead.

We’re helping families impacted by the raids and are planning our 3rd Legal Fair on Saturday, April 6 to offer free consultations with immigration attorneys and inform our community about their rights. That and a lot more with only 3 staff members.  

An ICE official stated that this is our “new normal” and that theywon’t turn a blind eye to other undocumented family members or friends in the wrong place at the wrong time.” 

We are here to defend our community for the long haul. 

“The time is always right to do what is right” ~ MLK
Can we count on you for $500, $250, $100 or $50 for our cause? Every dollar helps!
Click the “donate now” button or mail your contribution to: 

Hispanic Liaison
200 N. Chatham Ave.
Siler City, NC 27344

In 2019, with your support we will:
  • Support families impacted by ICE raids and help them secure legal representation.
  • Empower Latinx high school students to excel in school and pursue a higher education
  • Help DACA youth renew their applications
  • Offer free consultations with immigration attorneys at our 3rd Legal Fair on Sat. April 6 in Siler City (more info soon)
  • Keep our community informed about their rights
  • Help 700 adults and children access vital services
  • Host the Hispanic Heritage Fiesta on 9/14/19 to celebrate our cultural traditions
We are offering 2 PRIZES thanks to generous donors

For every $100  you give we will enter your name into a drawing to win one of these.
1st prizewinner’s choice:

A personal photo-op with Rameses, the UNC ram mascot

TWO 4-day tickets to Shakori Hills Music Festival from May 2 to 5, 2019

With your help, we accomplished a lot last year!
  • Partnered with families from Johnson’s Mobile Home Park and secured a settlement from Mountaire Farms including $8,300 in financial compensation for each of the 28 families who were evicted from their homes.
  • Orgullo Latinx Pride youth program empowered 37 Latinx high school students in Chatham to excel in school, pursue a higher education and develop their leadership skills.
  • Contributed $10,000 in legal fees to help families fight unjust deportations.
  • Just launched a new REGIONAL LEGAL DEFENSE FUND in partnership with El Centro Hispano for families impacted by the recent raids. Visit our Facebook page to contribute to this fund!
  • Hosted 2nd Legal Fair with 170 participants offering 45 free legal consultations with immigration attorneys, workshops and an expo of legal services and nonprofits.
  • Awarded $2,125 in DACA renewal scholarships to 10 Chatham youth.
  • Hosted our largest Hispanic Heritage Fiesta with over 1,000 participants, 47 outreach booths, parade of traditional outfits and many performances!
Thank you for your solidarity!

Honest talk about youth mental health

Orgullo Latinx Pride members, Cesia, Lenore and Noemi made the front page of the Chatham News + Record .  We are proud of our youth for their candid and brave conversation about mental health issues impacting Latinx youth in our community . These issues are near and dear to our heart, Orgullo Latinx Pride works to empower our youth to overcome anxiety, depression and low self-esteem.  For more information about our youth group, please contact Selina Lopez at 919-742-1448 or selina(at)evhnc.org.

Youth group in solidarity with the Migrant Caravan

In less than two weeks, our youth group Orgullo Latinx Pride raised $202 to help families from the Migrant Caravan arriving in NC. The youth organized a raffle offering 3 prizes: $100 cash, two $25 gift cards, and a candy-filled piñata. Tickets were sold at $1 each.  The funds were used to purchase basic provisions for the families and their children. We partnered with Raleigh in Solidarity with Migrant Families to distribute the provision to the migrant families who were released from detention centers.

Youth representatives Lizbeth Ramos and Kevin Manzanarez, along with Selina Lopez, our Youth Program Manager, traveled to Raleigh to drop off the donations before Christmas. The raffle winners were announced on Wednesday, December 19 via Facebook Live.

Dubester honored by the West Chatham NAACP

Congratulations to our executive director, Ilana Dubester, for the Outstanding Citizen Award from the West Chatham NAACP at their Humanitarian Awards Banquet on December 8, 2018 in Siler City. Ilana and our whole team are proud of this recognition for our advocacy work in the community. Congratulations Ilana, we are lucky to have a fearless leader like you!

Award winners: Boy and Girls Club- Wrenn Center Siler City (3rd from left), Outstanding Citizen-Ilana Dubester (center) Hispanic Liaison of Chatham County, Outstanding Youth Leader-Melody Dark, Vice-Principal-Jordan Matthews High School (5th from left)

Thank you Fiesta Volunteers!

We celebrated our wonderful Fiesta 2018 volunteers with a dinner on December 3 at Peppercorn in Siler City.  The fabulous Chef Elena Gonzalez and Juan Carlos Estrada prepared a delicious taco dinner and pastel 3 leches for dessert.

A huge THANK YOU to our volunteers for contributing amazing ideas, energy, talents and time to organize a beautiful Hispanic Heritage Fiesta. Thank you also to Mountaire Farms for donating the chicken for our dinner.

If you’re interested in helping with Fiesta next year, call us at 919-742-1448 or email janet@evhnc.org. Happy Holidays!

New service ~ notary public every Tuesday

Our volunteer Todd Bishop is now a notary public! Todd is available on Tuesdays from 2 to 6pm at our office in Siler City. Thank you Todd for helping our community!
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