Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition

2018 Immigrant and Refugee Rights Convening

We are excited to invite you to the third annual Statewide Immigrant and Refugee Rights Convening!

May 20-21, 2018
Hilton Harrisburg, Harrisburg PA

Register Today! Registration Extended Through May 16, 2018

We will be updating this page as we confirm workshops and speakers. See below for the full Schedule.

The theme of PICC’s 2018 Statewide Immigrant and Refugee Rights Convening is “Building Local Power.” In the face of an extreme anti-immigrant agenda at the federal and state levels, it is more important than ever to build alliances among immigrant and refugee communities and allies. Through local coalitions and partnerships we can build the power to defend our communities and fight for the policies we need.

This Convening will bring together members of the immigrant and refugee communities, grassroots organizations, advocates, and allies from across the state, and will include workshops, networking sessions, and opportunities to meet with legislators to educate them on issues important to immigrant and refugee communities.

Register Today!

All tickets include admission for both Sunday and Monday events and meals.

Group Registration: If your community-based organization is interested in bringing a group (5+), you can register online, or contact us directly.

Hotel Reservations: The 2018 Convening will be held at the Harrisburg Hilton just blocks from the State Capitol. The hotel is offering a discounted rate for Convening participants for both Saturday and Sunday nights. Please place your reservations online using the code ‘PICC’. Deadline to receive the discounted hotel rate is Sunday, April 29, 2018.

Scholarships: We are offering a limited number of scholarships to assist with transportation and hotel costs for those with limited financial resources. Apply today!

2018 Convening Schedule

Sunday, May 20
8:00am-9:00am Breakfast
9:00am-10:00am Opening Plenary
10:15am-11:15am Regional Breakouts

  • Western PA
  • Central & South Central PA
  • Eastern PA
  • Southeastern PA
11:30am-1:00pm Workshops – Session 1

  • Asian Refugee and Immigrant Community Organizing, Asian Americans United & VietLead
  • Don’t Put Kids in Jail: Why the State Should End Immigrant Family Detention in Pennsylvania, Shut Down Berks Coalition
  • Improving Outcomes and Enhancing Relationships through Language Access, Global Wordsmiths
  • Taller Comunitario de la Campaña de Escuelas Acogedoras / Welcoming Schools Campaign Community Workshop, PICC
  • PA Poor People’s Campaign: A Call for Moral Revival, MILPA & the Poor People’s Campaign
1:00pm-2:00pm Lunch
2:00pm-3:45pm Workshops – Session 2

  • Activating Allies: Creative Action to Engage Supporters to Advance Immigrant Justice, Aquinas Center
  • Founding a New Group: One Community’s Story, Immigrant Rights Action Group Doylestown
  • Driver’s Licenses for All Pennsylvanians:
    Organizing for Safer Roads & Communities Today, Movement of Immigrant Leaders in PA & New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia
  • The Economic Power of Immigrants: Past, Present, and Future, Ceiba
  • Youth Organizing Space
4:00pm-5:45pm Legislative Advocacy Training

  • Tiffany Lawson, Executive Director, Governor Tom Wolf’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs
  • Rommel Sandino, Northeast Regional Field Organizer, Immigration, Center for Community Change/FIRM
6:30pm-8:30pm Community Awards Banquet

2018 Community Leader Award: Lorena, Mother Formerly Detained at Berks Detention Center



2018 Youth Leader Award: Jeimy Ibarra, Casa San José


Monday, May 21
8:00am-9:00am Breakfast
9:00am-12:00pm Advocacy Day at the Capitol
9:00am-12:00pm PICC Membership Meeting (members only)
12:30pm-2:00pm Closing Plenary (Lunch)

Immigrant Power In Action: A Conversation

  • Jonathan Jayes-Green, Director, Undocublack Network
  • Olivia Ponce
  • Maria Sotomayor, Deputy Director, PICC