Humanizing Immigration: Policy Updates and Coordinated Responses at the California Border

Thursday, July 18, 2019 -
10:00am to 12:00pm PDT
The California Endowment Center for Healthy Communities

Join Southern California Grantmakers, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR), and Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) for a conversation on unprecedented challenges presented by record breaking numbers of asylum-seeking families at the southern California border, and on-the-ground updates from leaders at the local, state, national levels.

After spending two decades chronicling the migration of unaccompanied immigrant children to the United States, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sonia Nazario understands that the debate over immigration in America cannot be reduced to black or white, right or wrong. In her visual presentation, Nazario will share the importance of humanizing immigration — of getting to the roots of why families are migrating in numbers greater than ever and how the U.S. response is exacerbating the situation.

In California, as San Diego is the largest land border crossing in the world, it is more important than ever for our communities to respond strategically to humanitarian issues arising at the border. Until the deep-rooted causes of migration are addressed, we are no longer faced with a one-time crisis, but a situation that will require resilience, innovative solutions, and long-standing infrastructure.

What has been observed on the ground with increasing national attention on migration? Which policies and practices can funders support to ensure humane treatment of the vulnerable migrant population? What are the consequential effects of border issues on local communities? A panel of experts will reflect on how recent national policies are playing out across the country and in California, the role and responsibility required of state government, and the latest on coordinated efforts to address short and long-term challenges.


  • Moderator: Vy Nguyen, Director of Special Projects and Communications, Weingart Foundation
  • Martha Arévalo, Executive Director, Central American Resource Center
  • Norma Chávez-Peterson, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego & Imperial Counties
  • Javier Hernandez, Director, Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice
  • Sonia Nazario, Journalist and Author of Enrique's Journey
  • Marcela Ruiz, Chief of the Immigration and Refugee Programs Branch, California Department of Social Services 

GCIR, HIP, NCG, SCG and SDG, members: No cost to attend
Eligible Non-members: $100

Who May Attend
Current SCG members, GCIR, HIP, NCG, SDG and eligible non-members

Registration: Link
GCIR and HIP: please contact Bethanie Milteer at [email protected]
NCG, SCG and SDG, members: register online.
Eligible non-members: If you already have an SCG account, log in to register.
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact us at [email protected]

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity, please contact our programs team at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.