National Conference Explores Immigrant Integration

Yesterday the National Immigrant Integration Conference (NIIC) wrapped up in Los Angeles, California. This year’s conference was hosted by the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) and the National Partnership for New Americans. Workshops and plenary sessions focused on various issues related to the economic opportunities presented by immigrants, strengthening education services, challenges faced by immigrants in the healthcare system, and how to use the arts, culture, and media in organizing, advocacy, and communications strategies. One of the conference tracks focused on how immigrants are received in communities throughout the U.S. – workshops explored themes such as overcoming backlash and fostering greater understanding about global migration issues, promoting diversity, and how to best communicate about the changing demographics in American society. The last day of the conference featured a series of workshops and panels about how to defend and implement President Obama’s newly announced executive order on immigration. Learn more about NIIC and mark your calendars for the next conferences, 2015 in New York and 2016 in Tennessee!