(Suggested donation of $10; RSVP requested for seating and food counts)
Connect with community and enjoy some light brunch while learning more about the complexities of Immigration issues from a panel of local experts. Join us to discover what actions you can take to make a difference.
Dr. Alina R. Méndez is Assistant Professor in the American Ethnic Studies department at the University of Washington, Seattle. She specializes in Mexican American history with a focus on migration, labor, and relational racial formation. Dr. Méndez received her PhD in US History from the University of California, San Diego and BA in Latin American History from the University of California, Berkeley. She is currently revising her dissertation into a book manuscript titled Cheap for Whom? Migration, Farm Labor, and Social Reproduction in the Imperial Valley-Mexicali Borderlands, 1942-1969. Her research has received support from the Ford Foundation, the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, the Fulbright Program, the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States, and the Archie Green Fund for Labor Culture and History.
Margaret O’Donnell, principal attorney of the firm Global Law Advocates, works with undocumented clients and their families in areas of immigration law. Her practice focuses on family-based permanent residence, waivers of inadmissibility, consular process for family members, visas for crime victims and battered spouses, and citizenship. She speaks throughout western Washington to community and church groups on immigration law topics, and frequently volunteers her legal services at free legal clinics. Margaret earned her bachelor’s degree from Purdue University, and graduated from Chicago-Kent College of Law with a Juris Doctor degree. She began writing plays in 2014, and founded Seattle Playwrights Salon in 2016 with fellow playwright Kate Danley to provide play development opportunities to emerging Northwest playwrights.
Monserrat Padilla has been organizing LGBTQ, immigrant and communities of color on the ground for over 10 years to build collective movement power. She is currently the coordinator of the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network, a powerful statewide coalition of over 150 organizations that are building the defense line to protect our immigrant and refugee community. She was a co-founder of the Washington Dream Coalition and has led national & statewide campaigns, including the victory on the Washington State Dream Act to expand eligibility for state aid in higher education.
Malou Chávez is Deputy Director of Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. More recently, she supervised NWIRP’s Family Services Unit in Seattle where she directly represented people in family-based visa petitions and in removal proceedings. Her prior work in NWIRP’s Moses Lake and Wenatchee offices focused on representing survivors of violence in rural eastern Washington obtain immigration relief. Malou received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and she is a graduate of Seattle University School of Law.
PLUS, catch a sneak peek teaser scene (or two!) from Mirror Stage’s upcoming Expand Upon: IMMIGRATION, featuring John Bianchi, Michael D. Blum, Marquicia Dominguez, Eva Estrada Campos, Shahbaz Khan, Duygu Erdoğan Monson, and Mika Swanson.
Admission is free. We request RSVPs for seating and food count.