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Senator Lara on the Health for All Act - Plus an Update on Unaccompanied Minors

Friday, August 21, 2015
9:00am - 11:00am PDT
Joan Palevsky Center for the Future of Los Angeles
281 S Figueroa St, Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90012
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Following last year’s program on the unaccompanied migrant children crisis, we are excited to announce that the Hon. Ricardo Lara (@SenRicardoLara), California State Senator, will join us to provide an update on Senate Bill 4, known as the Health for All Act.

On June 19th, legislative leaders made history by reaching a budget deal that includes a $40 million allocation to cover 170,000 immigrant children through Medi-Cal. Introduced by Lara, this bill is a major part of efforts to cover all Californians, regardless of immigration status.

Join us to learn from Senator Lara about what Senate Bill 4 could mean for unaccompanied minors in need of health care services.
Next, a panel of experts will share the latest on coordinated efforts to address these children's short term and long term needs, including legal services, basic needs, and health services:

  • Marta A. Alquijay, Mental Health Clinical Program Head, Children’s Systems Of Care, Department of Mental Health, Los Angeles County
  • Efrain Escobedo, Vice President of Civic Engagement and Public Policy, California Community Foundation (@calfund)
  • Elena Fernandez, Behavioral Health Director, St. John's Well Child and Family Centers (@wellchilddotorg)
  • Judy London, Directing Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, Public Counsel
  • Linda Lopez, Chief, Office of Immigrant Affairs, Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

We’ll also hear about California Community Foundation’s latest data and mapping resource about unaccompanied minors.

We hope you can join this fascinating conversation with Senator Lara and other experts on the status of health care needs of unaccompanied minors being released to the Southern California region.

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Ricardo Lara
California State Senator

Senator Ricardo Lara was introduced to politics in college when he organized against Proposition 187, a measure that would have denied public services to the children of undocumented immigrants such as the ability to attend public schools. Today, he is one of the most influential Senators, chairing the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee. He has authored several first-in-the nation laws that recognize and invest in immigrant communities such as the California DREAM Loan Program, which helps undocumented students apply for loans to complete their higher education goals. Supporting California’s entrepreneurial spirit, Ricardo’s bill to update and expand access to professional licensing rules, regardless of immigration status, will stimulate local economies and create jobs. Under his leadership as Chair of the Latino Caucus, the legislature passed AB60 to allow undocumented Californians to obtain driver’s licenses. In the summer of 2014, he organized a fact-finding delegation to visit the Central American unaccompanied minors being held in Ventura County and was instrumental in securing $3 million to be directed toward non-profit organizations providing legal representation to these children. A champion for civil and immigrant rights, Lara has authored ground-breaking measures that includes AB 1575, a measure that identifies, eliminates and prevents the charging of illegal student fees violating a student’s California constitutional right to a free public education and AB 1486 which helped Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS) retain the $154.6 million in federal economic stimulus grant awarded by the US Department of Commerce and maintain over 2,000 jobs in the state. Lara's record in public service has been recognized at the local, state and national levels. President Barack Obama awarded him a “Champion of Change” at the White House and The Los Angeles Times named Ricardo the “Point man in the push for immigrant rights” in California. Upon winning his election in 2012, he made history by becoming the first openly gay person of color elected to the California Senate.

Who May Attend:
Current SCG members and grantmakers eligible for SCG membership.

SCG members: register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register)

Eligible non-members: register online. If you do not have an SCG account, contact us

SCG members: free
Eligible non-members: $100 per session

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