We all benefit when immigrants can reach their full potential in our nation's workplaces. Yet between increased workplace raids and arrests, accelerated I-9 employer audits, and the resumption of Social Security Administration’s "No Match Letters" to employers, immigrants’ eligibility to work is increasingly being challenged. Moreover, for many immigrants in the workforce, limited English proficiency, a lack of domestically-recognized credentials, and/or insecure legal status leads to decreased wages and long-term earnings potential, as well as wage theft and other employer abuses. Despite these challenges and rising political hostilities, immigrants continue participate in the workforce at high rates in a wide range of capacities, from under-the-table employment in the service and construction industries, to entrepreneurial business pursuits, to roles in professions requiring advanced degrees.
At a time when many philanthropic stakeholders are invested in building welcoming communities and pushing back against harmful policies, it is important that immigrant inclusion strategies include a focus on immigrants’ ability to build fulfilling and family-sustaining careers. In this webinar, we will hear from practitioners about models of improving immigrant access to, and experience of, the U.S. labor market. The conversation will also feature an exploration of advocacy strategies used to expand workforce protections, as well as how philanthropy can apply these lessons to their own work.
- Marcela Díaz, Executive Director, Somos Un Pueblo Unido
- Jennifer Hernandez, Associate Secretary, CA Labor & Workforce Development Agency
- John Hunt, Executive Director for Adult Community Learning, Division of Adult and Continuing Education (ACE), LaGuardia Community College, CUNY
- Kevin Douglas, Director of National Programs, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees