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Serving Undocumented Communities in Disaster and Beyond
Join us on May 18th at 10am for a virtual panel discussion hosted by 805 UndocuFund to discuss lessons we've learned in serving undocumented communities that fellow nonprofits, school/government agencies and philanthropy can apply in working with their undocumented immigrant clients. We’ll also explore how disasters illustrate underlying socio-economic factors and systemic barriers that must be addressed before, during, and after disaster. Spanish and Mixteco translation provided.
Welcome by Maria Melo, Executive Director of 805 UndocuFund, and Vanessa Vanessa Bechtel, CEO at Ventura County Community Foundation.

-Maricela Morales, Executive Director, CAUSE
-Genevieve Flores- Haro, Associate Director, MICOP
-Dr. Michael Méndez, Assistant Professor of Environmental Planning and Policy at the University of California, Irvine

Gloria Soto, Executive Director, Future Leaders of America

805 UndocuFund is a 501 c(3) and began in 2018 as a massive joint effort among three trusted immigrant-serving Central Coast organizations to respond to the Thomas Fire: Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project (MICOP), Central Coastal Alliance United for A Sustainable Economy (CAUSE) and Future Leaders of America.

Together these organizations, alongside philanthropy partners like the McCune Foundation and the Ventura County Community Foundation, raised, case-managed, and distributed more than 8 million dollars in direct aid to undocumented victims of the Thomas, Hill, and Woolsey wildfires; Montecito mudslides; numerous smaller wildfires that afflict the region each year; and the prolonged impact of COVID-19.

Disaster aid from the state and federal governments continues to be a critical part of the disaster response and recovery process, and yet undocumented residents — who are estimated at 10% of the population in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties — are still ineligible for millions of dollars in support.

May 18, 2022 10:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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