The Public Charge Policy: AAPI Immigrant Families at Risk

Thu, August 09, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

 AAPIP Policy & Advocacy Webinar Series 

The Public Charge Policy: AAPI Immigrant Families at Risk

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Please join Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) and Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF)  for an informational webinar on Thursday August 9th from 4-5pm EDT/1-2pm PDT/10-11am HST to learn more about the proposed “public charge” regulation impacting Asian American and Pacific Islander families, and how funders and communities can respond.  

The Trump Administration is expected to propose an immigration regulation re-defining the “public charge” requirement for individuals applying for permanent residence (“green cards”). This proposed regulation could impact 3.8 million Asian American and Pacific Islander immigrants' access to healthcare, economic security, early childcare access, food, and other safety nets. The expected public charge regulation is already resulting in a chilling effect on the utilization of public benefits by immigrants and their U.S. born children.


Jonathan Blazer, Senior Program Officer, Four Freedoms Fund

Rosemary Veniegas, Senior Program Officer, California Community Foundation

Carolyn Wang Kong, Senior Program Officer, Blue Shield of California Foundation

Bonnie Kwon, Director of Network Innovation, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum

Moderator: Christen Lee, AAPIP

Biographies of Speakers

Jonathan Blazer is a Senior Program Officer at the Four Freedoms Fund. He worked for twelve years in related positions at the ACLU’s national office and at the National Immigration Law Center, supporting legal and policy initiatives to defend and advance the rights of immigrants at the state and local levels, while connecting these efforts to national campaigns. Jon spent six years as a legal services attorney in Philadelphia, where he specialized in public benefits law and founded the Language Access Project of Community Legal Services. He was also a national coordinator of the American Friends Service Committee’s immigrants’ rights initiative. Immediately prior to joining the Four Freedoms Fund, he was a Special Assistant to California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, serving as his immigration advisor.

Rosie Arroyo is a Senior Program Officer at the California Community Foundation, working on immigration and early childhood issues. Rosie joined CCF as a Joan Palevsky Fellow for the foundation’s El Monte Community Building Initiative and was board/community relations liaison. Before that, Rosie was program director at the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund.

Rosemary Veniegas is a Senior Program Officer at the California Community Foundation, working on health issues. Rosemary was an Assistant Research Psychologist with the Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine in the University of California Los Angeles Department of Family Medicine, where her work addressed the implementation and evaluation of evidence-based programs and practices in community and public health settings. She is currently a commissioner with the Los Angeles County Hospital and Health Care Delivery Commission, representing Supervisorial District 1.

Carolyn Wang Kong is a Senior Program Officer at the Blue Shield of California Foundation, leading the Foundation’s Collaborating for Healthy Communities initiative. Prior to joining the foundation, Carolyn was the project director for Medi-Cal strategy and operations at Kaiser Permanente in Northern California. She has also served as practice leader of language access for Kaiser Permanente and was responsible for developing a strategy to meet the needs of 350,000 limited-English-speaking members in Northern California. Her accomplishments include the deployment of video interpreting services in 21 hospitals and emergency departments, implementation of a document-translation service, and development of web-based training programs for clinical and non-clinical staff.  Earlier in her career, Carolyn served as a cultural and linguistic services consultant at the Alameda Alliance for Health and led research on cultural and linguistic services at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.  She has also served as a board member and co-chair of the Finance Committee for the California Healthcare Interpreting Association.

Bonnie Kwon is the Director of Network Innovation at the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, deepening relationships, networks, and mobilization capacity amongst community-based organizations and individuals through cultivating leaders, storytelling, and other strategies that move hearts and minds for health equity. Under the Obama Administration, Bonnie was the Deputy Regional Director for the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, advising a network of over 200 federal officials on how to build community relationships through emphasizing linguistic and cultural tailoring. During her time in D.C. and as an organizer, she also founded a worker center for low-wage restaurant workers.

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