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VACOLAO is ready to Defend the Rights of the Latino Community During the Virginia 2016 Legislative Session

For Immediate Release: January 13, 2016
Margie Del Castillo, (571) 436-5673, margie@latinainstitute.org
Leni Gonzalez, (703) 328-2616, gonzalezleni@aol.com

*VACOLAO is a member organization of VACIR

Arlington, VA— Today, January 13, 2016 marks the first day of the Virginia General Assembly legislative session. VACOLAO’s mission is to serve as a working alliance among organizations in Virginia that serve or support the interest of the Latino communities in order to empower the community and secure equal treatment, equal opportunity and equal representation for Latinos/Hispanics in Virginia. To that end, VACOLAO will announce their legislative agenda for the 2016 session of the General Assembly, which will include issues such as: driving privileges for Virginia immigrants, Medicaid expansion and raising the minimum wage.

WHAT: Press conference with leaders from the Virginia Coalition for Latino Organizations (VACOLAO) where they will discuss their legislative priorities for the 2016 Virginia General Assembly session.

WHERE: Shirlington Employment and Education Center; 2701 S Nelson St, Arlington, VA 22206

WHEN: Thursday, January 14th, 12:30 p.m.

WHO: Members of the Virginia Coalition for Latino Organizations (VACOLAO) and partner organizations.


The Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations (VACOLAO) is a non-partisan coalition of individuals and non-profit organizations serving the Latino/Hispanic community in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Para Distribuirse Inmediatamente

Margie del Castillo, (571)436-5673, margie@latinainstitute.org
Leni Gonzalez, (703)328-2616, gonzalezleni@aol.com

VACOLAO se alista para defender los derechos de la comunidad Latina durante la Sesión Legislativa 2016 en El Estado de Virginia

Líderes de la Coalicion de Organizaciones Latinas de Virginia (siglas en inglés VACOLAO) se reúnen en conferencia de prensa para anunciar su agenda legislativa para la sesión del 2016.

Arlington, VA- Hoy, 13 de enero del 2016 es el primer día de la Sesión Legislativa de la Asamblea General del Estado de Virginia. La misión de VACOLAO es servir como una alianza operativa entre las organizaciones que en Virginia apoyan y sirven los intereses de las comunidades Latinas para empoderar a la comunidad y asegurarse de que reciba un trato equitativo, una representación equitativa y las mismas oportunidades para todos los . Latinos/Hispanos de Virginia. Con este propósito, VACOLAO anunciará su agenda legislativa para el 2016; en esta agenda se incluyen temas tales como el privilegio de manejar/conducir para los inmigrantes de Virginia, la expansión de Medicaid y el aumento al salario mínimo.

QUE: Conferencia de Prensa con líderes de VACOLAO en la cual se discutirá las prioridades legislativas para la sesión del 2016 de la Asamblea General del Estado de Virginia

DONDE: Las oficinas de la organización Shirlington Employment and Education Center, localizadas en el 2701 Nelson Street South, Arlington, VA 22206.

CUANDO: Jueves. 14 de enero del 2016 a las 12:30pm

QUIEN: Integrantes de VACOLAO y otras organizaciones aliadas.


La Coalición de Organizaciones Latinas de Virginia (siglas en inglés VACOLAO) es una coalición no-partidista de individuos y organizaciones sin fines de lucro que sirven a la comunidad Latina/Hispana en el Estado de Virginia.

Immigrant Rights Groups, Labor, Faith, Families, and Members of Congress to Demand Obama Administration Put an End to Home Raids of Central American Immigrants

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, January 7, 2016
CONTACT: Carlos Vogel, (202) 239-2133cvogel@communitychange.org or Donna De La Cruz, (202) 441-3798ddelacruz@communitychange.org

(WASHINGTON)—Immigrant rights groups, along with labor, faith, families, and members of Congress, will hold a news conference in front of the White House on Friday, Jan. 8. 2016, to demand that the Obama Administration immediately put an end to their plan to continue to raid people’s homes, terrorize families and rip them apart.

The groups participating include: the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM); CASA, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC); the Service Employees International Union (SEIU); Church World Service (CWS); United We Dream (UWD); Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights; National Domestic Workers Alliance; and impacted families.

“We will not stand by and allow this to happen to families who came to the U.S. to escape extreme violence and poverty,” said FIRM spokesperson Kica Matos. “If these families are deported — and most of them would be women and children, they would be returned to places they fled to escape being killed, raped or tortured.”
Press Conference Details:

DATE: Friday, Jan. 8, 2016
TIME: 9:00 a.m. ET
PLACE: In front of the White House (Lafayette Park side)
SPEAKERS: Sulma Arias, Immigration Field Director, Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM)
                    Gustavo Torres, Co-Chair, Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM)
                    Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez
                    Jaime Contreras, 32BJ SEIU, Vice-President
                    Rev. Noel Andersen, Grassroots Coordinator for Immigrant Rights, Church World Services
                    Kamal Essaheb, Director of Policy and Advocacy, NILC
                    Greisa Martinez, Director of Advocacy, United We Dream (UWD)
                    Directly Impacted Family


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