Helping Young Children and their Families Cope in these Times

A free bilingual workshop for childcare providers, teacher, and others who work with young children.

When: Thursday, March 16, 2017 7-8:30 pm

Where: Santa Cruz County Office of Education, 400 Encinal St. Santa Cruz

Call CDRC to register at: 831-466-5820.

Santa Cruz is processing the effects of the recent ICE raids throughout our community as well as the uncertainty of the national political climate. While all children are affected by the fear and worry in the air, families of our documented and undocumented immigrants are particularly vulnerable. This uncertain atmosphere has a profound effect on the children in our care.

Topics include:

Observing signs of distress in children

Talking with children about what they are experiencing

Teaching parents how to support their children

Caregiver’s legal responsibilities

Putting a plan in place for families in case of emergency.

Support for caregivers under current stress.

Sponsored by Santa Cruz Sanctuary, Santa Cruz County of Education, and Community Bridges. Please call CDRC to register – 831-466-5820.


Sanctuary Now and Then

The New York Times Retro Report looks ath the history of the Sanctuary movement

Faith on Tap: Sanctuary for Our Undocumented Neighbors

Sunday at 8pm -10pm
Garfield Park Community Church
111 Errett Circle, Santa Cruz


Open House for YARR: Your Area Rapid Response

YARR (Tu Respuesta Rápida Aliada)

Casa Abierta & Entrenamiento

Sabado 11 de marzo/Saturday  March 11 at 1 PM – 4 PM
Peace United Church of Christ
900 High St, Santa Cruz

More Details:


Immigrant Preparedness Forum/ Foro de Preparación para Inmigrantes

Download flyer: English  | Español spanish-immigration-preparednness-forum

As the first in a series of forums for our immigrant community, we are asking your help in spreading the word about the first one which will take place next week:

Wednesday March 8th, 6:00-8:00 pm
Nueva Vista Resources Center
113 Leibrandt Avenue, Santa Cruz

Representatives from Santa Cruz County Immigration Center, Sanctuary Santa Cruz, Proyecto de Tutela, and local counselors will provide guidance and advice. We will also have pro-bono notaries available for those who would like to finalize guardianship documents on the spot, and it is important that those who wish to do so bring their drivers license, government issued ID, or passport for this opportunity.

Estimadas organizaciones y miembros de la comunidad,
Estaremos ofreciendo una serie de foros para nuestra comunidad de inmigrantes, les estamos pidiendo su ayuda para anunciar nuestro primer foro que tomara acabo:

Miércoles, 8 de marzo, 6:00-8:00pm
Nueva Vista Centro de Recursos Comunitarios
113, Leibrandt Ave, Santa Cruz

Por favor mire el folleto adjuntado y distribúyalo en su sitio y comunidad.
Representantes del Proyecto de Inmigración del condado de Santa Cruz, Sanctuary Santa Cruz, Proyecto de Tutela, y consejeros locales proveerán dirección y consejos. También tendremos notarios gratis disponible para las personas que gusten finalizar sus documentos de tutela ahí mismo y es importante que para los que desean hacerlo favor de traer su licencia de conducir, identificación emitida por el gobierno o su pasaporte para tomar ventaja de esta oportunidad.

Si tiene alguna pregunta, por favor comuníquese conmigo.

Manténgase informado (Become informed)

know-your-rights-workshopKnow Your Rights Workshop/Conozca Sus Derechos
March 4, 2017 at 12:30PM / 4 de marzo 12:30pm
Watsonville Public Library, 275 Main St. Watsonville, CA

En un esfuerzo con la comunidad de Watsonville, el Centro de Familias de Trabajadores Agrícolas organiza un taller Know Your Rights para ayudar a informar y educar a la comunidad de indocumentados e inmigrantes. El abogado de inmigración, Doug Keegan, de la Junta de Acción Comunitaria dirigirá la presentación y discutirá la política y la reforma de la inmigración, el conocimiento sobre los indocumentados, las ciudades santuarias y las alternativas a la tutela legal.

In an effort with the community of Watsonville, the Center for Farmworker Families is hosting a Know Your Rights workshop to help inform and educate the undocumented and immigrant community.

Immigration attorney, Doug Keegan, of the Community Action Board will be leading the presentation and discussing immigration policy and reform, knowledge about being undocumented, sanctuary cities and alternatives to legal guardianship.

ICE Raids and Aftermath

Coverage of the fallout from the 2/13 ICE Raids

Univision: Operativo conjunto entre ICE y la policía de Santa Cruz 

KPIX: Santa Cruz Officials Outraged at Feds’ Role in Gang Raids

KION: Santa Cruz Police Denounce Federal Operation Involving Immigration

Highly Militarized ICE Raids on California’s Central Coast

Feds, Santa Cruz police trade jabs after February gang busts

Santa Cruz police chief blasts Homeland Security over secret ICE raid

URGENT: Emergency mobilization for Tuesday, 1/31 for a Sanctuary State

sanctuary-handsOur compañeros at the Day Worker Center (Centro Jornaleros) here in Santa Cruz need our help to turn out people in support of SB 54- California Values Act.

The Centro is an important part of our sanctuary community. They are taking the lead to send vanloads of people to Sacramento on Tuesday, January 31 to help pass SB 54 making California a strong Sanctuary State. These teams will have to leave VERY EARLY Tuesday morning.

Please contact Mireya Gomez at (831) 588-2994 if you can join immigrant worker activists from our community for a day of solidarity action in Sacramento. Transportation and food will be provided.

Let us know if you are able to serve as a driver and/or as a team leader. Drivers will need to pick up and return rental vans, and team leaders will make reminder calls on Monday night.

Deported DREAMer moms and US Vets to Join Dialog at Border Wounds Event

Sunday 2 pm: The Impact of Deportations on Immigrant Families – share widely.

Meet Deported DREAMER Moms (San Diego Tribune) and Deported US Veterans (NPR Morning Edition) of Tijuana and other parts of Mexico… and join us in dialogue about how to build a support system for families affected by deportation.

Speaking from the Deported Vets Bunker in Tijuana, they will be joining local immigrant community leaders, advocates and faith leaders at:


BORDER WOUNDS: the impact of deportation of immigrant families

2-4 PM Sunday January 29 Resurrection Catholic Church 7600 Soquel Ave, Aptos

The purpose of this event is to kick off fundraising for a Compassionate Fund for emergency assistance to families affected by deportation.  If you have no money come anyway… there is much good work to be done!

Deportations have already traumatized hundreds of families in our communities and it is a shame that we have no support resources in place for them.  Let’s become a stronger sanctuary community!

1/23 Public comment in Santa Cruz and Watsonville City Council meetings

On Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, we need your support during public comment in both Santa Cruz and Watsonville City Councils.

In Santa Cruz, at 5:30pm, we will be reporting a complaint by an immigrant family concerning racist harrassment on the part of city staff. We will also be urging the City Council to establish EXEMPLARY policies to ensure that we “sustain trust and safety” in the era of Trump.

In Watsonville, at 7:30pm, we will be urging the City Council not only to adopt a declaration of sanctuary but also to review and reform police and other department policies to “sustain trust and safety” in the era of Trump.