HHC Hosts "Immigrant Rights and Keeping Families Safe" Training Event
An important training session for service providers on "Immigrant Rights and Keeping Families Safe" was held on Tuesday, June 6th at the Holyoke Health Center, 230 Maple Street, Holyoke, MA from 2:30 - 4:00PM. Holyoke Health Center, Holyoke Public Schools and the ACLU Immigrant Protection Project sponsored this event, whose purpose was to prepare our programs to offer the best support and advice to our patients, clients or students and their families. Fifty four individuals attended this event from different agencies. There was a second training program held from 4:30 - 6:00PM for the general public. As a result of this event, two community members had the opportunity to have a private conversation with a lawyer and scheduled a follow up appointment.
"Things are moving very rapidly in this new environment, and as we hear about patients staying away from health care and other needed services, potential inquiries directed at health care providers and schools, the potential of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers entering our facilities, and so on, we need to have accurate and helpful information and contacts available to us", says Ana Jaramillo, Program Supervisor of Holyoke Health Center. This training event helped to provide information and create a small community of support for everyone, and affected families to access if needed.
"We must be vigilant in finding ways we can engage collectively, become activists in defense of our patients, school families, and community, and build bridges leading to the safe haven within our agencies' walls", says Jaramillo.
For more information about this training, please call Ana Jaramillo at (413) 420-2860 or Chris Craig at (413) 420-2111.