LAYC Advocates for Immigrant Justice

The hostility of the current presidential administration has created a continual assault on the communities that LAYC serves, particularly immigrant populations. We discussed the new environment surrounding immigration issues with LAYC’s Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers’ Community Schools coordinator, Tatiana Sandoval, herself a Dreamer facing the uncertain future of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA:…

Six Common Questions about DACA

Do you know the facts? LAYC staff and youth were devastated at the cancellation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. It is our hope that in the coming months the US Congress will find a permanent solution for these young people. In light of this change, we hope to answer a few…

HuffPost DREAMers Live Stream

LAYC’s Live Stream Interview on Huffington Post and the Future for DREAMers

The Huffington Post invited LAYC to participate in a live stream interview on their LatinoVoices Facebook page on the future of DREAMers. On December 1, HuffPost reporter Jessica Carro interviewed LAYC staff and youth DREAMers who have benefited from President Obama’s Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals Program, known as DACA. She offered LAYC the opportunity…

Joint Letter — Latin American Youth Center (LAYC), Urban Alliance, Higher Achievement: Uncertainty, Urgency, and Unending Love

One week after the Presidential election, our three organizations are grappling with what the results mean for our young people and their families. The hard-working youth we serve have been disenfranchised and failed by systems of education, employment, public safety, healthcare, and more. Our organizations provide the support and opportunities young people need to achieve…

Testimony: Federal Immigration Raids Resolution of 2016

Testimony Presented to the District of Columbia Committee of the Whole On PR 21-617, Sense of the Council Regarding Federal Immigration Raids Resolution of 2016 By Lori Kaplan, President & CEO, Latin American Youth Center November 17, 2016 My name is Lori Kaplan and I am President & CEO of the Latin American Youth Center…