Be part of the Movement for Immigration Reform this 2013!
JUNTOS is a community-led organization that fights for human and immigrant rights. We invite you to come and find out what we achieved in 2012 and what we will be working on in 2013.
What: Juntos’ Open House
When: Sunday, January 20 at 2:00 PM
Where: JUNTOS auditorium, 2029 South 8th St.
We will have food and childcare available.
The organization has undergone several changes over the past two years. In 2011 a new era began for JUNTOS under the direction of Erika Almirón as Executive Director and months after, Miguel Andrade and Adriana Arvizo joined the staff as organizers. 2012 has been one of the most active years in JUNTOS. The organization faced a package of anti-immigrant laws, massive cuts in the School District of Philadelphia, police and ICE (Immigration Customs Enforcement) abuse against the Latino immigrant community and the lack of support for undocumented youth in the community.
hlights of JUNTOS in the last year!
That’s why JUNTOS led the campaign ‘Pennsylvania: America Starts Here, the Hate Stops Here‘ and managed to defeat the 20 anti-immigrant laws similar to the ones in Arizona and Alabama. Also the group of parents from JUNTOS through protests and speeches to the City Council was able to, in a time of crisis and cuts, to stop the lay off of interpreters or bilingual staff in schools.
Also, Fuerza, JUNTOS’ youth group was able to secure two positions of counselors specifically dedicated to supporting young immigrants on their way to college.
At the same time, after President Obama announced he would give work permits to undocumented youth who meet certain requirements JUNTOS organized a briefing attended by over 200 young people and helped 600 more families to acquire their permit throughout the year.
JUNTOS also published a report of abuses made by police and ICE against the Immigrant-Latino community in Norristown PA, the second largest city with more Latinos after Philadelphia and is currently organizing the community to improve the conditions of that community and t0 stop the abuses.
At their offices JUNTOS offers referrals to different health institutions, lawyers and other needs that the community may have.
In 2012 JUNTOS helped nearly 700 families to refer them to available services that are affordable and reliable.
The work at JUNTOS in 2013 will continue and will focus on college access for youth in our community, the fight against the closure of the schools where our children attend, the fight for comprehensive immigration reform and stop the collaboration between immigration authorities and the police.
This is an exciting time here at Juntos! After an amazing year and many victories for our community we are read to take the next step and we are looking to hire a consultant as a curriculum specialist. If you are interested in working with us or know someone who would please send us a cover letter, resume or CV, and a 1-2 page proposal to be considered to Erika Almiron at Erika@VamosJuntos.org
Below is a PDF of the job description, please take a look at it and share widely with all of your contacts.
Download (DOCX, 35KB)
This fall, Juntos celebrates 10 Years of Building Community Power as workers, parents, youth, and immigrants and we would love for YOU to join us!
Order tickets via Eventbrite:
Come enjoy performances by our talented local musicians, honor community leaders with us, and enjoy delicious appetizers provided by local restaurants, representing cuisines from across Latin America. The evening will also include a silent auction, and presentation of photographs documenting the history and faces of Juntos. This is a family-friendly event and there will be activities for children.
Proceeds from the fundraiser will support our work to continue to fight for our human rights in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania as immigrants and to build more leaders to take action to change our lives.
We look forward to celebrating with you!
If you are unable to attend the event but would like to support our work, please consider making a donation via our Paypal account: http://vamosjuntos.org/make-a-donation/
Adults – $20
Students/Seniors (65+) – $10
Children (10 and under) – Free
On Wednesday, September 19th, Juntos held a Truth Commission in Norristown to address concerns within the Latino community regarding worsening relations with the local Norristown police. With close to 100 people present at the event, Juntos Leaders read aloud written testimonies from Latino community members from Norristown from a “white paper” report which included 8 individual cases ranging from incidents of racial profiling, harassment and unjust detention by local police and ICE officials.
The report ended with a list of community recommendations that were put out as a path to build better relations with officials and the Latino community. Some of the recommendations are as follows;
- “We ask that the Norristown Police Department immediately stop racial profiling community members and asking for “papers.” There is no law in the state of Pennsylvania that allows for this, and it is a clear violation of peoples’ civil and human rights.”
- “We ask that local checkpoints not be used as immigration checkpoints.”
- “We ask that the Norristown Police Department undergo training on how to best work and build with Latino and immigrant communities.”
- “We ask that the information of family members detained be released to loved ones as soon as possible to avoid confusion and fear in the community. Families have a right to know where their loved ones are located.”
- “Almost 1 in every 3 people in Norristown is Latino and we ask that the Norristown Police District support hiring practices that allow the force to be reflective of that population in race and language.”
To read the community White Paper in it’s entirety CLICK HERE
Taking these recommendations into account, Municipal Councilwoman Linda Christian and town administrator David Forrest, who were both in attendance at the event, committed to look into the reported cases of abuse and also committed to have a follow-up meeting with Juntos and community members to build working relationships between the Latino community and Norristown local police.
In the meantime Juntos has created a hotline where people can call in and leave a message documenting their own personal experiences of abuse with police and ICE officials.
The number people should call is
Here is a report done by Univision 65 on the event