Philanthropy Now podcast: How Silicon Valley is supporting immigrants in our community

In SVCF's Philanthropy Now podcast series, we explore trends in the world of philanthropy, social impact initiatives in Silicon Valley and beyond, and look at how SVCF promotes innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems.

Gina Dalma Zulma Maciel
Gina Dalma
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Zulma Maciel
Office of Immigrant Affairs, City of San Jose

In this episode, SVCF's Gina Dalma, vice president of government relations, talks with Zulma Maciel from the City of San Jose's Office of Immigrant Affairs about immigration issues and the Due Process for All Act.

Gina and Zulma discuss the current fears in our immigrant community here in Silicon Valley, for undocumented and visa-holding immigrant families alike. Specifically, they discuss the critical need for legal services that can represent our community members should they become the subject of an immigration case. (SVCF has long supported legal services for immigrants and has granted more than $14 million to Silicon Valley nonprofits working to offer services for immigrants.)

Gina and Zulma also discuss the "Know Your Rights" campaign, which aims to teach immigrant familes their rights in a situation where Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) may ask them for documentation. They wrap up by covering Senate Bill 6, California's "Due Process for All Act." This critical bill would implement true due process for all people in California courts and would go a long way to fund and provide legal services for immigrant families dealing with legal and immigration issues. SVCF's board of directors unanimously approved supporting this Due Process for All Act.

What you will learn

  • How recent federal decisions about immigration have affected Silicon Valley's immigrant community
  • What the Office of Immigrant Affairs is doing to build legal and community support for immigrants in San Jose and beyond
  • How Zulma's office is partnering with other organizations (including SVCF) to find pro bono legal services for immigrants 
  • The rights of families to withold documentation and remain silent in some situations with ICE officers
  • How Senate Bill 6, the "Due Process for All Act," will expand the protections of immigrants in court and ensure they receive due process

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