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Forced Sterilizations Continues ICE’s Practice of Dehumanization of Immigrants

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, September 28, 20

Contact: Margie Del Castillo

Press@vacir.org

 

Alexandria, VA – The Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights (VACIR) 

Healthcare worker Dawn Wooten made allegations of forced hysterectomies at a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility located in Ocilla, Georgia on September 14, 2020. Ms. Wooten who worked at the Irwin Detention Center (IDC) located three hours south of Atlanta, Georgia stated on the Chris Hayes show, “I had several detained women on numerous occasions that would come to me and say ‘Ms. Wooten, I had a hysterectomy. Why?”

The Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights applauds Ms. Wooten’s bravery and dedication to hold those accountable for egregious violations of human rights. 

Margie Del Castillo, the VACIR Board Chair, is calling for a full investigation into these serious allegations and demands justice for the women and people who have suffered forced sterilization. “This is not the first time we learned of cruel and inhumane treatment towards Black women and women of color at the hands of the United States government. Our society and communities must hold the Immigration and Customs Enforcement accountable for its numerous human rights violations. These latest allegations are the result of a system that has failed our communities, families, and every member of our society. We at VACIR hold Congress and the Trump Administration responsible for the neglect, incompetency, and overall failure of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It is beyond time to eliminate the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and replace it with a new system that reflects the ethics, moral compass, and affords the dignity and compassion the immigrant community deserves.”

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The Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights (VACIR) is a multi-racial and multi-ethnic coalition of organizations that exists to win dignity, power and quality of life for all immigrant and refugee communities.

 

2020 Census Mini-Grants

The U.S. Constitution mandates that a census be taken every 10 years to count all people—both citizens and noncitizens—living in the United States. Responding to the census is mandatory because getting a complete and accurate count of the population is critically important. An accurate count of the population serves as the basis for reapportionment for legislative representation, government funding for services, and many research studies. Immigrant communities have historically been undercounted.

 

The Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights (VACIR) is now accepting proposals for immigrant community outreach in Northern Virginia for the 2020 census. We define Northern Virginia as… An amount of $2,000 will be awarded to VACIR organizations in support of each project.

  

  • Organizations must be in good standing with VACIR, by being up to date with their membership dues.
  • Projects may educate community members about the importance on filling out the census form, identify and recruit leaders, and motivate residents to take action in support of the census.
  • Organizations must report on results after the project is complete.

 

Application Guidelines

All proposals must be emailed to Monica Sarimento (monica@vacir.org) by January 15, 2020. 

Complete proposals must include:

  • Proposal narrative and estimated timeline of activities (two pages maximum)
  • Budget narrative (250 word maximum)

Evaluation Criteria

  • General Proposal – Who you are and what you hope to achieve (40%)
  • Plan & Timeline – Is the proposal well thought out with a plan and clear results (35%)
  • Budget narrative – Budget (10%)
  • Is your organization in good standing with VACIR – (15%)

All funded proposals will be non-partisan, will not promote any political parties or candidates, and will be compatible with IRS 501(c)(3) status restrictions.

Reviewing, Funding, and Notification Process

All qualified proposals will be considered by a review panel and evaluated on the criteria outlined above. Final decisions on grant recipients will be announced via email on Wednesday, January 22, 2020.

 

2019/2020 VACIR Supervisor RFP

Request for Proposal: Grassroots Organization to Supervise Immigrant Organizers

The Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights (VACIR) is issuing a request for proposal (RFP) for a grassroots organization to supervise immigrant organizers . This is a eight-month grant of $20,000. The supervising organization will be working closely with the Executive Director of VACIR and four other VACIR organizations  in Prince William County. The selected organization will provide supervision and guidance to two immigrant organizers working in Prince William County, and meet regularly with them to ensure their success.

The organizers will be focusing on immigrant justice work. The Commonwealth laws and local ordinances in Virginia have been among the most anti-immigrant and oppresive in the nation. The focus of the organizers will be to identify immigrant justice supporters and build power within local communities. By achieving policy changes that immigrants themselves identify as priorities.

Requirements

  • The grassroots supervising organization must have at least five years of professional organizing experience.
  • The grassroots supervising organization must have hosted at least three organizing training events before.
  • The organization must be familiar with Voter Activation Network.
  • The organization must be in good standing with Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights and the Virginia Civic Engagement Table, by being up to date with their membership dues.
  • organization must show measurable results after nine months of supervising.

 

Application Guidelines

All proposals must be emailed to Monica Sarimento (monica@vacir.org) by September 18, 2019.  Proposals may not be over five pages.

Complete proposals must include:

  • Proposal narrative
  • Project Timeline (November 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020)
  • Project Budget narrative
  • Project Budget

Evaluation Criteria

General Proposal – Who you are and what you hope to achieve (40%)

Plan & Timeline – Is the proposal well thought out with a plan and measurable results (35%)

Budget narrative – Budget (10%)

Is your organization in good standing with VACIR – (15%)

All funded proposals will be non-partisan, will not promote any political parties or candidates, and will be compatible with IRS 501 C3 status restrictions.

Review, Funding, and Notification Process

All qualified proposals will be considered by a review panel and evaluated on the criteria outlined above. Final decisions on grant recipients will be made and announced in writing by September 30, 2019.

 

Official Rules

Your application must be submitted by September 18, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST to be considered. If you have any questions or inquiries, you can email Monica Sarmiento, a monica@vacir.org.

 

 

 

 

2019/2020 Organizing Grants RFP

The Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights (VACIR) seeks a request for proposal (RFP) to support a organizer positions in Prince William County, Virginia. VACIR will award three $15,000 grants.

Commonwealth laws and local ordinances in Virginia have been among the most anti-

immigrant and oppressive in the nation. The goal of this RFP is to organize immigrant justice supporters and build power within local communities. Organizers must work closely with immigrant communities in Prince William County and be attentive to addressing the needs and priorities identified by these communities.

Selected organizations will work with Tenants and Workers United on their campaign to eliminate the 287(g) agreement, and reducing discrimination against students of color in the Prince William County school system.

 

The organizer must serve in Prince William County, but the host organizations may be located anywhere in Northern Virginia. We expect organizing to be flexible and responsive to the needs of the community.

Application Guidelines

 

All proposals must be emailed to Monica Sarimento (monica@vacir.org) by September 18, 2019.  Proposals may not be over five pages.

 

Complete proposals must include:

  • Proposal narrative
  • Project Timeline (grant period runs from November 1, 2019 to July 1, 2020
  • Project Budget narrative
  • Project Budget

 

Evaluation Criteria

Proposal narrative – Who you are and what you hope to achieve (40%)

Plan & Timeline – Is the proposal well thought out with a plan and measurable results (35%)

Budget narrative – Budget (10%)

Is your organization in good standing with VACIR – (15%)

All funded proposals will be non-partisan, will not promote any political parties or candidates, and will be compatible with IRS 501 C3 status restrictions.

Review, Funding, and Notification Process

All complete proposals will be considered by a review panel and evaluated on the criteria outlined above. Final decisions on grant recipients will be announced via email September 30, 2019.

Deadline

Your application must be emailed by September 18, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST to be considered. If you have any questions or inquiries, you can email Monica Sarmiento, at monica@vacir.org.

 

2019/2020 VACIR Mini-Grant RFP

Request for Proposal: Organizing to Support Immigrant Communities

The Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights (VACIR) is accepting proposals for eight organizing projects in Northern Virginia. An amount of $3,000 will be awarded to Virginia organizations in support of each project.

 

All proposals must be in support of work already being done within one VACIR’s committees (local, state, or federal). Commonwealth laws and local ordinances in Virginia have been among the most anti-immigrant and oppressive in the nation. The focus of these grants is to organize immigrant justice supporters and build power within local communities.

 

The organizers must serve in Northern Virginia, but the host organizations may be located anywhere in Virginia.

 

  • Organizations must be in good standing with VACIR, by being up to date with their membership dues.
  • Projects may educate community members about issues that they care about, identify and recruit leaders, and motivate residents to take action.
  • Organizations must report on results after the project is complete.

 

Suggested Topics for Proposals byCommittee:

Local Committee: Opposition to law enforcement and ICE collaboration, deportation defense, and getting out the count for the 2020 census.

State Committee: In state tuition and driving privileges for all.

Federal Committee: Temporary protective status defense, Dream Act support, and comprehensive immigration reform support.

 

Please note that these are suggested topics. Your proposal may cover any scope of work currently being supported by any of the VACIR committee.

 

Committee Chairs:

Federal: Edgar Aranda-Yanoc, VACOLAO

State: Margie Del Castillo, VA LAN

Local: Luis Oyola, LAJC

 

Application Guidelines

All proposals must be emailed to Monica Sarimento (monica@vacir.org) by September 18, 2019. 

 

Complete proposals must include:

  • Proposal narrative which includes and estimated timeline of activities (two page maximum)
  • Budget narrative (250 word maximum)

 

Evaluation Criteria

General Proposal – Who you are and what you hope to achieve (40%)

Plan & Timeline – Is the proposal well thought out with a plan and clear results (35%)

Budget narrative – Budget (10%)

Is your organization in good standing with VACIR – (15%)

 

All funded proposals will be non-partisan, will not promote any political parties or candidates, and will be compatible with IRS 501 C3 status restrictions.

 

Reviewing, Funding, and Notification Process

All qualified proposals will be considered by a review panel and evaluated on the criteria outlined above. Final decisions on grant recipients will be announced via email in September 30, 2019.

 

Official Rules

Your application must be emailed by September 18, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST to be considered. If you have any questions or inquiries, you can email Monica Sarmiento, at monica@vacir.org.

 

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UFCW Local 400
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National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
Bread For The World
Emgage
Legal Aid Justice Center
Neighbor's Keeper
Sacred Heart Center
HOLA
SEIU 512
American Jewish Committee