Economic Security for Immigrants: Innovative Workforce Approaches [Webinar hosted by GCIR]

Host Organization: Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees and Philanthropy New York


*This program is hosted by our partner, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR), who has extended an invitation to PNY members. Space is limited and will be granted on a first come, first served basis.*

We all benefit when immigrants can reach their full potential in our nation's workplaces. Yet between increased workplace raids and arrests, accelerated I-9 employer audits, and the resumption of Social Security Administration’s "No Match Letters" to employers, immigrants’ eligibility to work is increasingly being challenged. Moreover, for many immigrants in the workforce, limited English proficiency, a lack of domestically-recognized credentials, and/or insecure legal status leads to decreased wages and long-term earnings potential, as well as wage theft and other employer abuses. Despite these challenges and rising political hostilities, immigrants continue participate in the workforce at high rates in a wide range of capacities, from under-the-table employment in the service and construction industries, to entrepreneurial business pursuits, to roles in professions requiring advanced degrees.

At a time when many philanthropic stakeholders are invested in building welcoming communities and pushing back against harmful policies, it is important that immigrant inclusion strategies include a focus on immigrants’ ability to build fulfilling and family-sustaining careers.


  • Models of improving immigrant access to, and experience of, the U.S. labor market
  • Advocacy strategies used to expand workforce protections
  • How philanthropy can apply these lessons to their own work


  • Marcela Díaz, Executive Director, Somos Un Pueblo Unido
  • Jennifer Hernandez, Associate Secretary, CA Labor & Workforce Development Agency
  • John Hunt, Executive Director, Adult Community Learning, Division of Adult and Continuing Education (ACE), LaGuardia Community College, CUNY
  • Kevin Douglas (Moderator), Director of National Programs, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees

Registration is required by June 10th. This webinar is from Tuesday, June 11, 2019 -12:30pm to 1:30pm EDT.  

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