Since the founding of the Sound Alliance, the well-being of immigrant communities and families has been a primary concern to our member institutions. Immigrant workers and families are part of all our institutions. Sound Alliance actions have especially focused on dismantling inequities experienced by immigrants of color, and those who are undocumented.
After 1 ½ years of providing Know-Your-Rights training, largely intended for an advocate and ally audience, we saw our work at a transition point. Earlier this year we began intentional relationship building with the staff of Centro Rendu, the Latinx Program of our member institution St. Vincent De Paul Society. In our meetings over the last several months, we have heard stories of the compounding impacts of the pandemic, immigration status, and economic instability on immigrant youth.
We are actively engaging in research that will help bring about solutions to issues created by the digital divide and that will create the space and freedom for immigrant youth to thrive. We worked to get the governor to create the Washington Workers Relief Fund and now want to work with our members to access those resources. If you are interested in learning more about this work, please contact Roberta Ray at [email protected] or Rosalinda Aguirre at [email protected]