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Responding to Challenging Times: Immigrant Well-being and Access to Services

The Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative (BIMI) is excited to invite you to "Responding to Challenging Times: Immigrant Well-being and Access to Services" on Friday, December 6 at 9:00-12:00 in 109 Moses Hall at the UC Berkeley Campus.

Since the court has (temporarily) blocked the changes to the public charge rule—and because the challenges that immigrants face go well beyond it--we aim to have a broader discussion about immigrant well-being and access to services in a climate where the federal government is trying to chill out the use of services or use service-seeking to deny secure migration status. BIMI will highlight key findings from our recent policy reports, profile research conducted by Berkeley researchers, and share our new interactive service-mapping website. We will also invite local stakeholders to share their challenges and responses to ensure immigrant well-being.

We would very much welcome your participation in the public event. The workshop will allow you to network with relevant stakeholders, learn about evidence-based strategies to improve access to immigrant services, and share what your organization is doing to ensure immigrant well-being.

We sincerely hope you can join us on December 6.

Please let us know if you will be able to attend or send someone on your behalf by filling in this registration form.

During this event we will launch:

- "Responding to the Public Charge Rule: Immigrant Well-Being and Access to Services” – A policy report examining the impact of changes to the public charge rule, other barriers to services, and advice on how to ensure the ongoing access to immigrant services
- “Welcoming Communities? Immigrant Access to Services in the Bay Area's Mid-Sized Cities” – A policy report focusing on ways to improve immigrant’s access to health and legal services in mid-size cities and suburbs in the 9-county Bay Area.
- Mapping Spatial Inequality Interactive mapping website which illustrates where to access legal and health services for immigrant community members and highlights communities with the largest mismatch between the need for and availability of immigrant services. 
We are looking forward to meeting you on Friday, December 6.

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We would like to thank our donors and partners for their generous support to make the launch of the reports, the interactive web map and this launch event happen.

  • Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society (HIFIS)
  • CITRIS and the Banatao Institute
  • The Unger Family Foundation
  • The Institute of Governmental Studies
  • The Berkeley Collegium Grant
  • The D-Lab

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