Women and LGBTQ Leaders in the Immigration Debate: Louder, Prouder and More Effective Than Ever

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 -
3:00pm to 5:00pm PDT
Philanthropy New York
1500 Broadway, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10036



The Trump Administration is advancing policies that would beat back advances made by immigrants to America with extraordinarily broad and wide-ranging executive orders that have been the object of massive public protests and precedent-setting litigation.  Despite the executive orders’ stated goals of increasing national security, if enacted, the orders would not only have the likely effect of setting back United States diplomacy and image among millions of displaced people around the world, the orders would also have the effect of breaking up families and place thousands of immigrants and refugees at risk of life-threatening danger, especially those most vulnerable both here and in their countries of origin: women, girls, and LGBTQ people.

Despite the risks, immigrants and refugees are speaking out. They continue to find safety, support, and space for healing within their communities – and increasingly from within other groups of marginalized communities that recognize their common cause. Immigrant young women, girls, and gender nonconforming youth are leading efforts to engage and organize their communities and build coalitions to advance resiliency, wellness, and action for change. They are uniquely equipped to address the immediate challenges created by the executive orders and resulting Immigration & Customs Enforcement raids, along with the long-term implications this and future oppressive policies impose on immigrant and refugee communities’ safety and well-being.

Join us in a conversation developed by Philanthropy New York’s Funders for Gender Equity and Grantmakers Concerned for Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) to learn from some of the groups on the front lines about what they are facing, how organizations are preparing for the unknown, and how philanthropy can facilitate immigrant and refugee communities’ rapid response and long-term resilience against racism, xenophobia, and other forms of discrimination.


  • Challenges groups on the frontline are facing, particularly threats to women, girls, and LGBTQ people
  • The status of sanctuary cities in the current political climate
  • Advocacy and organizing strategies immigrant rights organizations are focusing on in the current climate, including building solidarity and coalitions across communities of color
  • Mental health needs for communities directly affected by discriminatory policies
  • Shifts in funding strategies and ways to coordinate rapid response



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     A special thanks to GCIR members and funders for their support in making this program possible.