Baltimore’s Vulnerable Immigrants and Refugees

Baltimore’s Vulnerable Immigrants and Refugees

Thursday, January 24, 2019, 12:00 - 2:00 PM

At a time when harsh immigration policies are disrupting our community, separating children and parents, and increasing detention and deportation, Baltimore City is seeing the success of the first year of work with the Safe City Baltimore Fund and other efforts to bolster immigrant and refugee students.

In 2017, Open Society Institute Baltimore and the City of Baltimore Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs established the Safe City Baltimore Fund to educate immigrant communities in Baltimore about their rights, provide access to lawyers for individuals with viable claims to remain in the United States, and connect individuals facing deportation with defense attorneys. Safe City Baltimore also coordinates existing pro bono resources to make these critical resources more easily accessible, all of which helps to #KeepFamiliesTogether in Baltimore.

The initiative was awarded funding by the Vera Institute of Justice as part of its Safety and Fairness for Everyone (SAFE) Network. The SAFE Network is a diverse group of a dozen cities and counties across America dedicated to providing publicly-funded universal representation for people facing deportation and to build evidence for its effectiveness.

All Maryland Philanthropy Network members are encouraged to join us to hear a status update about current issues affecting immigrants and refugees locally, the impact of the Safe City Baltimore Fund, and other examples of innovative programs impacting immigrant and refugee students in our region. 

Our speakers will be:
  • Catalina Rodriguez Lima, Director, Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs 
  • Corey Lazar, Senior Program Associate, Vera Institute of Justice
  • Brittany DeNovellis, Coordinator, Baltimore City Community College Refugee Youth Project 
  • Eric Haber, Social Worker, The Newcomer Project at Baltimore City Public Schools

This program is for members and invited guests only; lunch will be served.