Protecting Students and their Families from the Threat of Deportation

Protecting Students and their Families from the Threat of Deportation

Session Type(s): Training

Training Tag(s): Movement Health & Operations

More than 750,000 individuals adjusted their immigration status through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The AFT and its partners across the country are on the frontlines fighting to keep families and communities together while President Trump keeps his campaign promise targeting undocumented and refugee immigrants. Join us for a candid conversation about immigration and ICE raids. Learn about the tools and resources available to community members, allies, and schools to help undocumented students prepare and fight back against the attacks and defend DACA.

This training is for all audiences.


Elana Levin


Elana is Director of Online Organizing for Make the Road Action– the political arm of NY’s largest participatory immigrant organization, Make the Road NY. Make the Road builds the power of Latinx and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services.

She is co-founder of Organizing 2.0, a conference that teaches online organizing skills to union locals, community organizations and grassroots campaigns.

She is also a columnist and podcast host with, the comics blog for people who care about politics and is organizing for a more inclusive geek community.

Elana writes about the labor movement, online organizing and superhero comics at @Elana_Brooklyn

Other sessions: A Whole New Woooorld: Organizing in Pop Culture Communities

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Cesar Moreno Perez


César Moreno Pérez is the Associate Director of the Human Rights and Community Relations Department at the American Federation of Teachers-a union representing 1.6 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators. Mr. Moreno-Perez currently oversees the AFTs work on immigration, unaccompanied and refugee children, US child labor, and is an integral part of the team that guides the AFTs policy and programs for families and educators of English Language Learners (ELLs). Part of his portfolio includes strategic partnerships with National Hispanic, AAPI and immigrant rights organizations. He has led several national and statewide issue campaigns on social and economic justice issues. Prior to joining the AFT national staff, he was the co-executive director for the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute and the Deputy Executive Director for the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA). Mr. Moreno-Perez has been on several delegations investigating civil rights violations in South Africa, South and Central America, Europe, Cuba and Mexico. Mr. Moreno-Perez is a native of the central valley of California and a graduate from the University of California Berkeley. He serves on the LCLAA national executive board; Maryland Governor’s Commission on Hispanic Affairs; advisory board of National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators and was the US Representative and immediate past President of the Youth Committee of the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas- the regional body of the Global Labor Federations-ITUC.

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