The Denver Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs invites you to join us in celebrating Welcoming Week. Denver, along with Welcoming America, other partnering cities and nonprofit organizations around the nation work to build a welcoming and sustainable community for all our residents. Welcoming Week, September 14-23, is a national celebration with a series of events bringing together immigrants, refugees, and U.S.-born residents to share the benefits of and create a community – a City – where EVERYONE is valued and welcome.
This year, the Denver Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs is pleased to host:
The Newcomers: A reading w/Helen Thorpe and Panel Discussion
Tuesday, Sept 18, at 6:00 pm
Helen Thorpe, award winning journalist and author of Just Like Us: The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America, Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War, will read from her book, 'The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom'. The Newcomers follows the lives of twenty-two immigrant teenagers in an English Language Acquisition class at South High School.
A panel discussion with immigrant and refugee students will follow.
Paperback books will be on sale.
Please like 🏽 us: Denver Agency for Human Rights & Community Partnerships
FB link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2129449730463207/
Wednesday, September 19, at 5:30 pm
Webb Building (east side off Colfax)
Join us at the Webb Building at 5:30 pm, for a Banner Reveal as the City & County of Denver reveals a new welcoming banner. Special thanks to OneColorado and ProgressNow. Then, walk on over to McNichols to view the Our Immigrant Stories Exhibit and enjoy the reception.
Our Immigrant Stories: Reception & Exhibit
Wednesday, Sept 19, at 6:00 pm
McNichols Civic Center Building
144 W Colfax Ave, 80202
The Denver Housing Authority and theDenver Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs, present an exhibit celebrating the diversity, strength, and determination of Denver residents. DHA's PhotoVoice Project combines photography, dialogue, photo exhibits and social action to increase awareness and appreciation of different cultures. Other works by young people that participate in ArtStreet depict each artists view of immigration.
Exhibit opens Monday, September 17 on the first floor of the McNichols Civic Center Building.
Please like 🏽 us: Denver Agency for Human Rights & Community Partnerships &Denver Housing Authority
FB event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/291015618355544/
For information or to request a language interpreter, call (720)913-8451 or email:Maria.Corral@DENVERGOV.ORG.
For sign language interpreter or cart services, email: SIGNLANGUAGESERVICES@DENVERGOV.ORG.
Check out this link for more information about Welcoming Week and events around the country:https://www.welcomingamerica.org/programs/welcoming-week
This is by no means a complete list, if you have events you would like to share, please send them toMaria.Corral@DenverGov.org.
Read More for a list of Welcoming Week Events happening in and around the Denver metro area.
General – Multiple Events
Thursday, September 6The Mexican Cultural Center and Manuel Cordero invite you to the Opening Reception for the Exhibit "Del Sur al Norte", a collection of art pieces. Exhibit Runs from September 6 - December 14, 2018 - open Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Saturday, September 8Join us (the Denver Asian American Pacific Islander Commission) as we host our first Resource Fair! This event aims to connect Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, immigrants, and refugees with healthcare, education, immigration, housing, and legal resources! Please register: https://daapic-resourcefair-9-8-18.eventbrite.comRise for climate justice and join the national mobilization to demand a clean and renewable energy future that protects communities most impacted by climate change and pollution – work to lift up the voices of workers and communities of color.The Denver Art Museum’s Friendship Powwow is a celebration of the vitality of American Indian cultures. One of the DAM’s longest-running events, the 29th Annual Friendship Powwow and American Indian Cultural Celebration will feature American Indian dancers, drum groups, hands-on activities, booths hosted by artists and community groups, and more. Everyone is welcome and general admission is free.
Sunday, September 9Fiestas Patrias is a joint Mexican Independence celebration with Entravision and Mi Casa Resource Center held annually at Denver Civic Center Park. Enjoy music, food and so much more. Mi Casa benefits by receiving 50% of all beverage revenue from the event.
Tuesday, September 11
Thursday, September 13In collaboration with Lockheed Martin and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, this exhibit will feature images captured by satellites that will highlight the human connection to the universe through the power of color and its interpretation. Images of the universe will also have a cultural tie-in with the prophecies of the Aztecs and the way the ancient civilization interpreted the universe as represented through a selection of prints from the Codex Borgia (the Aztec manuscript written before the Spanish conquest of Mexico). Exhibit: September 13, 2018 – February 23, 2019
Saturday, September 15
Monday, September 17Join us for lunch with David Firestein, the founding Executive Director of the China Public Policy Center and former American diplomat. We will discuss the current state of U.S.-China relations with a special emphasis on China's profound effect on the world economy and America's response to it.
Thursday, September 20
Friday, September 21Recognizing public safety is ensured via community and Department of Safety partnership and collaboration, Director for a Day is an opportunity for community learns to learn more about Denver’s Department of Safety and meet with Executive Director of Safety Troy Riggs and Chief of Police Paul Pazen among others. Sign up on this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YBBM52Y. The lunch will feature a delicious, diverse cuisine provided by immigrant/refugee owned restaurants.
Saturday, September 22Please join Mayor Michael B. Hancock, his Cabinet and department heads as they come together for their quarterly neighborhood Cabinet meeting. Hear a first-hand account of what is happening in your community and around the city. Following the meeting, all attendees will have the unique opportunity to engage in a one-on-one dialogue with the Mayor and his leadership team.
Friday, September 28
Saturday, September 29Back by popular demand, Unveiled and Unguarded offers an opportunity for women of all faiths in our community to come together with our sisters to learn about the role of veiling in Islam; why some women wear the veil, and some do not. Hear stories of faith and resiliency from our community—and have the opportunity to ask candid questions and learn in a safe, feminine space over a delicious shared meal. Expect powerful conversations!!
City Launches Denver Immigrant Legal Services Fund to Aid Immigrants in Removal Proceedings and DACA/DREAM Act Assistance
Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs Brings on Community Integration Coordinator - La Oficina de Asuntos de Inmigrantes y Refugiados incorpora a la Coordinadora de Integración Comunitaria
20 projects include affordable home repair, a celebration of military interpreters, a music and dance festival, and resources for women and children
The Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs and the Immigrant & Refugee Commission today announced the winners of the third annual Denver Immigrant Integration Mini-Grant Program. Designed by the community for the community, the mini-grants fund projects whose goal is to break down barriers between Denver’s welcoming communities and the immigrants and refugees working to make a home here.
“Denver is and always has been a welcoming, open and safe city,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “Everything we do works toward that end, including these mini-grants, which allow us to support community efforts that welcome immigrants and refugees into our neighborhoods and help build bridges where they matter most.”
The Denver Immigrant Integration Mini-Grant program provides twenty small grants to community groups that are raising each other up, creating spaces to share, learn and create real connections.
“This grant project reveals how much Denver residents are committed to developing community connections, highlighting the value we all place on creating bridges between our immigrant and receiving communities,” said Jamie Torres, director of the Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs. “Residents are transforming their own personal understandings and providing space for all to feel welcome, valued and part of this city.”
The Immigrant Integration Mini-Grant program was praised by the White House Taskforce on Immigrant Integration in 2015 under President Barack Obama and has been replicated in several other cities across the country as a best practice for channeling community creativity for greater immigrant integration goals.
The 20 mini-grants for 2017 include funding for five projects that demonstrated success in previous grant cycles and have been renewed and 15 new projects that are receiving funding for the first time, for a total of $20k in grants awarded.
Among the successes from previous years are:
The new projects for 2017 include:
For a complete listing of the 2017 mini-grant recipients, please visit the Immigrant Integration Mini-Grants webpage by clicking here.
Join a community meeting to discuss our vision of a proactive sanctuary policy for immigrant community members here in Denver. Representatives from the Mayor's office and the City Attorney's office will also be in attendance.
The Meyer Law Office, PC, Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, American Friends Service Committee, Metro Denver Sanctuary Coalition, Padres y Jóvenes Unidos, Colorado People's Alliance, Mi Familia Vota, and Together Colorado are hosting this meeting, which will take place on Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 6pm - 8pm at the Denver Inner City Parish (1212 Mariposa Street, Denver, CO 80204).
Share the event with a flyer in both English and Spanish.
Today, Denver officials from the city, state, county courts and public school system sent a letter to the local Acting Field Office Director for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) requesting ICE agents respect “sensitive locations” when carrying out their duties, especially at or near Denver schools or in Denver courthouses.
The letter comes on the heels of the Department of Homeland Security indicating on Tuesday that “it can’t promise that immigrants in the United States illegally won’t be arrested if they come forward to report they have been a victim of a crime or a witness to one” according to the Associated Press.
The letter, signed by Mayor Michael B. Hancock, all members of Denver City Council, Denver County Court Presiding Judge Theresa Spahn, District Attorney Beth McCann, Denver Public Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg and Denver City Attorney Kristin Bronson, expresses concern that recent ICE enforcement actions are inconsistent with current policies adopted by ICE in a memorandum dated October 24, 2011 and titled “Enforcement Actions at or Focused on Sensitive Locations.”
Mindful of the fear and trepidation voiced recently by immigrant and refugee communities about interacting with law enforcement on public safety matters, the letter requests that ICE conduct its enforcement actions in accordance with the 2011 memorandum. Denver officials in their letter also request that ICE take certain measures around these sensitive areas so as not to potentially put by-standers at risk, hinder the prosecution of crimes or compromise police-community relationships vital to public safety.
See attached letter.
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