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MFV Joins Hundreds of Organizations at the National Immigrant Integration Conference NIIC 2019

10.21.2019

For Immediate Release
October 20, 2019
Contact: Karina Martínez at karinam@mifamiliavota.org / 858-752-1262

MFV Joins Hundreds of Organizations at the National Immigrant Integration Conference NIIC 2019

Largest Immigrant and Refugee Integration Conference in the Nation Starts Sunday

Detroit, Michigan  — Mi Familia Vota will be working with leaders from hundreds of organizations nationwide on behalf of America’s immigrants and refugees at the National Immigrant Integration Conference (NIIC) in preparation for 2020. The three-day conference will feature plenary sessions with speakers such as U.S. Representative Jesús G. “Chuy” García, Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, Linda Sarsour, and Julissa Arce, among many others. Over 1400 community leaders are expected to attend.

Cristian Avila, civic engagement coordinator, for MFV will be discussing naturalization strategies and outreach during the NIIC. “Mi Familia Vota has been working on expanding the electorate and helping the Latino and immigrant community to actualize their political power by hosting citizenship information sessions, naturalization workshops, and educating the community on the utility of civic engagement – in addition to providing civic engagement opportunities – for over a decade. Through this work we are building our individual and collective voice while exerting our political power.”

Karina Martínez, director of communications for MFV, who will also be speaking at the NIIC, added, “We are proud to participate, lead, learn from, and collaborate with advocates from various fields who are working to defend the American Dream. This administration has increased our sense of solidarity and commitment to our work. Our efforts have resulted in the advances we have today, and while there is much work to be done, it’s encouraging to note that every conference participant is dedicated to making our country’s ideals a reality. The President’s anti-immigrant ideology and policies have fomented greater courage, innovation, and perseverance to fight for the opportunities that our communities deserve.”

The NIIC 2019 is being hosted in Detroit to honor the birthplace of movements from labor to African-American movements for racial justice. MFV will continue to lead these movements in the Latino community and to motivate voters to bring their values to the ballot box.

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Mi Familia Vota is a national civic engagement organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration, and voter participation. Mi Familia Vota has operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Texas.