The goal of the Advocacy / Culture & Engagement focus area is to connect and empower community members.
The work includes promotion of cultural awareness, activities include cultural and large-scale special events such as the annual Latin Fever Ball, Compañeros Awards Luncheon, State of Latinos Conference and Latino Student Art Contest; Hispanic Heritage Month Campaign; Civic Engagement Program; Membership Program; Latino Community Needs Assessment; and LAA app.
As a nonprofit that serves the needs of Atlanta’s Latino immigrants, we see firsthand the challenges and problems that our families face day in and day out. Using this knowledge, we work to influence decision makers as they craft public policies that affect our families. We see ourselves as a nexus between our families, whose voices may not be heard, and policymakers.
Our advocacy efforts center around building relationships and partnerships, public education and lobbying. Our goal is to play an important role in shaping policies that affect the lives of Latino immigrants.
Through our advocacy efforts, we are bringing attention to issues that are highly aligned with our mission to empower Latinos to achieve their educational, social and economic aspirations. These issues include:
Making immigrants feel welcome in Georgia and ensuring they have access to services
- Immigration Reform
Comprehensive immigration reform and a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants who live in the United States
Access and in-state college tuition for youth who are eligible for the immigration relief program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
Employment opportunities and just working conditions for all Latinos
- Humanitarian Aid
Immigration relief, legal resources and assistance for unaccompanied children who are arriving from Central America
CULTURE AND ENGAGEMENT
Resources/Tool Kits for DACA Recipients
Preparedness and rapid response
An up-to-date guide for Georgia immigrant families in case family members are detained or deported:
An eight-point guide to preparing a family emergency response plan in case of deportation:
A short guide to how arrests and convictions separate families:
Georgia Budget & Policy Institute
A February 2017 report finds that the 47,000 DACA recipients and those immediately eligible for DACA are vital to Georgia’s economy. “Deporting the 47,000 young Georgians either enrolled or immediately eligible for DACA could shrink the state’s economy by an estimated $1.7 billion a year,” says the study.
GBPI Immigration Report GBPI Immigration Report 2
Center for American Progress
A June 2017 study looks at how DACA is making positive contributions to the lives of young immigrants by improving access to opportunities in higher education and in the workforce.
An August 2017 survey of 3,063 DACA recipients in 46 states shows that 91% of respondents are currently employed and that 69% moved to a job with better pay after receiving DACA. The survey also finds that among respondents:
- 97 percent are currently employed or enrolled in school
the average hourly wage of respondents increased by 69 percent since receiving DACA, rising from $10.29 per hour to $17.46 per hour
- 65% reported purchasing their first car
- 16% purchased their first home after receiving DACA
- 45% are currently in school, and among these, 72% are pursuing a bachelor’s degree or higher
- Among those who are currently in school, a robust 94 percent said that, because of DACA, “I pursued educational opportunities that I previously could not.”