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.
Since the U.S government started accepting applications for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) in August thousands of undocumented youth have applied. DACA would make it possible for eligible youth to receive a work permit and be protected from deportation for 2 years after which they would have to renew their permit. Unfortunately one of the biggest barriers for young people in our community to apply is the cost of $465 in fees.
Therefore Juntos, in partnership with the Hispanic Federation, recently awarded five scholarships to some of the strongest youth leaders and fighters in our community. This scholarship pays for their DACA application in full.
The Juntos scholarship recipients are
Here at Juntos we would like to congratulate all of our youth for their tremendous power and dedication. Adelante!
Juntos Youth Recipients of DACA Scholarships
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
BREAKING NEWS: USCIS announces guidelines for Deferred Action application process.
Therefore, Juntos will be having an Information session on Deferred Action to answer any questions the community might have .
When: Wednesday, August 15th, 2012 at 6pm
Where: Juntos’ office, 2029 S. 8th St. on the corner of 8th and Snyder in South Philadelphia
Come and bring of a friend if you or anyone you know might be eligible or just would like to know more. Presentation and information will be in Spanish.
Flyer, Can you be considered for Deferred Action?
Basic Information Brochure On Deferred Action
NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED BEFORE AUGUST 15th!! You must wait to submit until then and if you do your request will be returned.