Leading Together
Annual Conference | Dallas, TX | April 23-26, 2017

The Future of Immigration and the Role of Philanthropy

Immigration Site Session IconThis event is a preconference session at the 2017 Annual Conference.

Against the backdrop of the Trump administration’s push to reform key policies, immigration has emerged as a critical issue prompting national-level discussion and debate. The immigration preconference event will examine and explore immigration from a multitude of perspectives.

This experience will begin with a panel discussion on the current "State of Affairs" of immigration in the United States including discussions on refugees and securing the southern border. An "Academic Look into Immigration," will feature in-depth information on emerging trends, key analysis, and the economic implications of immigration.

The day will progress into a discussion with Sister Norma Pimentel, recognized by Pope Francis for her efforts in helping Central American children as they crossed the Rio Grande in search of a better life and future. Sister Norma will offer a first-hand account of her experiences and will provide a human perspective to the debate.

In the afternoon, participants will travel to Catholic Charities Fort Worth enabling donors to witness the positive impact their generous contributions have made. An overview will be given by Catholic Charities President, Heather Reynolds, followed by a tour around campus visiting Immigration Services, Refugee Services, the Children’s Assessment Center, and the Hope Center.

This site session is made possible with the partnership of Hispanics in Philanthropy.

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Agenda

10-11 a.m.

Immigration - State of Affairs 

Coinciding with the administration’s first 100 days in office, will offer an overview of recent immigration developments and will include discussions on refugees, securing the southern border, and other immigration initiatives by the Trump’s administration. Panelists will provide insight into key legislation and will navigate the questions of what lies ahead and how does the country coalesce around immigration policies moving forward.

11-12 a.m.

Academic Look Into Immigration 

Will feature an overview of immigration more broadly in the United States, including in-depth information on emerging trends, key analysis, economic implications.

12-1 p.m.

Story from the Field & Lunch

The day will progress into a discussion with Heather Reynolds and Sister Norma, recognized by Pope Francis for her efforts in helping Central American children as they crossed the Rio Grande in search of a better life and future. Sister Norma will offer a first-hand account of her experiences and will provide a human perspective to the debate. Heather Reynolds will provide an overview of the Catholic Charities of Forth Worth do and how they help the immigration community.

1:15-2 p.m.

Travel to Catholic Charitites of Forth Worth (CCFW)

2-2:25 p.m.

Local Impact of Immigration Funding 

Overview of CCFW Services

  • Populations served: Refugees, immigrants, victims of trafficking, asylees, unaccompanied children, and unaccompanied refugee children
  • Services offered and how they work together

2:25-4:15 p.m.

CCFW Services Tours

Immigration Services

  • Experience the client intake process
  • Take the civics test required for citizenship
  • Hear from an immigration attorney: Teaching English-as-a-second-language and civics classes 

Refugee Services

  • Experience the client intake process 
  • Hear from a client: Arriving in the U.S.
  • Overview of the Match Grant program 

The Children’s Assessment Center

  • Tour the children’s shelter and learn about services to unaccompanied minors
  • Hear from a client: Arriving in the U.S. alone 
  • Overview of a child’s journey after leaving

The Hope Center

  • Experience a warm hand-off from the Hope Center to general case management
  • HopeX intervention (CCFW research study)
  • Overview of Working Families Services
  • Hear about a client’s journey out of poverty 

4:20-4:50 p.m.

Quetions and Answers Panel Discussion

Ask questions about that might come up ealier on the tour.

4:50-6 p.m.

Wrap Up and Return to Hotel