Recent events in U.S. immigration policy have driven public attention to the southern border with Mexico. Family separations, same-day deportations, and challenges to due process have major consequences for the lives of thousands of people in both Mexico and the U.S., especially in the San Diego-Tijuana region.
Join Philanthropy California and the International Community Foundation to hear from individuals and organizations supporting deportees and migrants in Tijuana, B.C., Mexico through their challenging first days, months and even years. Some of these organizations are addressing new needs as a result of recent policies; others have been active for years and will speak about those who have been affected by family separation long before this crisis hit headlines. After watching the livestream along with NCG members, join us for a discussion with Emily Arnold-Fernández, the founder of Asylum Access. She will lead us through what we saw in the livestream on both sides of the border fence and what it can mean for philanthropy.
Join this Livestream to:
- Learn more about what happens to migrants after deportation.
- Gain a better understanding of the people and organizations involved in the crisis on our border.
- Experience Tijuana in real-time by joining a site tour of funders on both sides of the border fence.
Join us HERE from 2:30-3:30pm (PST) to listen, ask questions, and receive answers in real-time.
Emily Arnold-Fernández, Founder and Executive Director, Asylum Access
Emily Arnold-Fernández is the Executive Director of Asylum Access, the leading global refugee human rights organization. After learning that most refugees spend decades deprived of basic rights, Emily founded Asylum Access in 2005 to create a world where refugees can live safely, move freely, work and send children to school, and rebuild their lives.
Today, Asylum Access has impacted more than 2 million refugees worldwide, working intensively in 4 countries as well as at the global level to dismantle barriers to refugees' economic and civic participation and ensure all refugees have a fair chance at a new life.
Emily's achievements have earned her numerous accolades, including the Equality and Nondiscrimination Award from Mexico's National Council to Prevent Discrimination (2016); the prestigious Grinnell Prize (2013); and recognition by the Dalai Lama as one of 50 “Unsung Heroes of Compassion” (2009). She has been featured in the New York Times and published in Forbes, among other media.
Emily was selected as a Social Entrepreneur in Residence at Stanford University in Fall 2012, and served on the Advisory Board of Oxford University's Refugee Studies Centre from 2014 to 2017. She holds a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center and a Bachelor of Arts cum laude from Pomona College.
- Gilberto Martínez, Casa del Migrante
- Paulina Olvera Cáñez, Espacio Migrante
- Yolanda Varona, Dreamer Moms USA-Tijuana/Madres Soñadoras Internacional
- Spc. Hector Barajas-Varela, Deported Veterans Support House
- Daniel Watman, Friends of Friendship Park
The event is open to members of Philanthropy California – including Northern California Grantmakers, San Diego Grantmakers, and Southern California Grantmakers.
Registering for this event will give you registration for the in-person viewing and discussion in NCG's offices. If you would like to view the Livestream online, check this event page on August 7th for the link.
Thank you to International Community Foundation, a member of the San Diego Grantmakers, for organizing this livestream program for Philanthropy California members.