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Policy Implications for Immigrant and Refugee Communities

Thursday, March 23, 2017
2:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Joan Palevsky Center for the Future of Los Angeles at California Community Foundation
281 S. Figueroa St., Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Members: $0.00
Non-Members: $100.00
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Recent months have brought dramatic shifts in federal policies that deeply affect Southern California’s immigrant and refugee communities. These policies have broad impact on the vulnerable populations we serve every day as grantmakers, regardless of whether we specifically fund “immigration or refugee issues.”

The expansion of immigration enforcement personnel, expedited deportation with no access to immigration courts, reduced protections for unaccompanied children, decreased refugee admittance, and the upcoming revised travel ban are just some of the policies rapidly changing the lives of Southern Californians. We'll hear from several experts in the field:

  • Meymuna Hussein-Cattan, Co-Founder/Executive Director, Tiyya Foundation
  • Greisa Martinez Rosas, Advocacy Director, United We Dream Network
  • Duane Muller, Philanthropic Consultant
  • Diego Sepúlveda, Dream Summer Manager, Dream Resource Center
  • Karen Tumlin, Legal Director, National Immigration Law Center
  • Martin Zogg, Executive Director, International Rescue Committee

At this briefing, we'll learn about potential implications of these policies on the diverse families and community members philanthropy serves. We’ll also explore the economic impacts of deportation. According to the Center for American Progress, the proposed efforts could prompt a $4.7 trillion cumulative loss in GDP over a decade.

We hope you can join us to learn how funders can leverage the latest updates to shape our community investments as we respond to this fast-moving, high-stakes policy environment.


Event held in partnership with Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees



Meymuna Hussein-Cattan, Co-Founder/Executive Director, Tiyya Foundation @tiyyaFDN

Meymuna Hussein-Cattan and her mother, Owliya Dima-Hussein, are co-founders of The Tiyya Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing community support & educational opportunities for refugees and displaced American families in Orange County and Greater Los Angeles. Meymuna was born in an Ethiopian refugee camp in Somalia, in 1980; her parents having fled Ethiopia in the early 1970s due to civil unrest. She received her B.A. in Social Sciences from the University of California, Irvine, her M.A. in Organizational Management from Antioch University - Los Angeles, and she holds a certificate from Cal State Dominguez Hills in Administration & Grant Writing. 



Greisa Martinez Rosas @Grei_sa, Advocacy Director, United We Dream Network 

Originally from Hidalgo, Mexico, Greisa Martinez immigrated to the U.S. with her family at an early age and grew up in Dallas, TX as an undocumented immigrant. She has organized immigrant youth and workers for the passage of pro-immigrant policies at the local and national level for the past 9 years. She co-founded the Council for Minority Student Affairs at Texas A&M University, the first undocumented youth-led group in the University’s 100 year history. She founded the Texas Dream Alliance and was a fellow with the League of Young Voters.



Duane Muller @dmlmuller, Philanthropic Consultant

Duane Muller is a philanthropic consultant offering her public and private sector clients advice on strategic planning, communications and outreach, public policy effectiveness, and advocacy efforts. Prior to establishing her consulting firm, The Playa Group, LLC, Duane spent a 20-year career in the federal government, where she served at the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Department of Energy, and for the U.S. Congress. Duane has worked in over 20 countries and is a recognized climate change capacity building expert and a Contributing Author and Expert Reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report.   A native Californian, Duane received her Master’s degree in Political Management from George Washington University, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Diplomacy and World Affairs, and German, from Occidental College.


Diego Sepúlveda, Dream Summer ManagerDream Resource Center @Dream_RC

Diego Sepúlveda is a relentless advocate for justice. Through his lifelong work, he has marched through the streets with community and through the halls of the Capitol to advocate for LGBTQ justice, immigrant rights, worker rights, environmental justice, college affordability, and accessibility. Sepúlveda has been featured on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, National Public Radio, KCET, Equality California's #Health4All efforts, and by the California Museum through their "We Are All Californian" Exhibit in Sacramento, CA. He is a graduate of UCLA and currently serves as the Dream Summer Program Manager at the UCLA Labor Center.



Karen Tumlin @KarenTumlin, Legal Director, National Immigration Law Center 

Karen Tumlin focuses on promoting the rights of low-income immigrants. She litigated the constitutional challenge to Arizona’s anti-immigrant SB 1070 law, and has testified before Congress on immigrants’ rights issues. Before joining NILC as a Skadden Fellow in 2005, she clerked for Judge Dorothy W. Nelson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Prior, she worked as a research associate at the Urban Institute, where she coauthored studies on immigration, welfare, and language access issues. She also spent a year as a Luce Scholar in Bangkok, Thailand, where she conducted a study on child trafficking in the region for the U.N. International Labor Organization. Tumlin holds a juris doctor degree and a master of public policy from the University of California at Berkeley.


Martin Zogg @martinzogg, Executive Director, International Rescue Committee

Martin Zogg started his nonprofit career with IRC in 1992 as its Country Director in Yugoslavia, where he did the start-up for IRC’s Belgrade office as the war in Bosnia & Herzegovina began. Thereafter he was a Refugee Affairs Officer for the United Nations in the West Bank and Gaza and was the long-time Director of International Operations for International Medical Corps, where he managed IMC’s relief operations around the world. He rejoined IRC in 2012 to lead its Southern California operations.  He is the current chair of the State Advisory Council for Refugee Assistance and Services and the past chair of the Refugee Forum of Los Angeles. 




SCG members: no cost to participate
GCIR members: no cost to participate
Eligible non-members: $100

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Current SCG members, GCIR members, and grantmakers eligible for SCG membership

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