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True Sanctuary: SF City of Hope

Thursday, September 28th, 2023, 6:00 to &;30 PM

         Free, Virtual Event. RSVP Now.

Dear GLIDE Staff,

Join GLIDEs Center for Social Justice and explore truths around Sanctuary Cities, their history and why it was created and where we are today.

Refugees and immigrants are one in every three San Francisco residents and are a vital part of our city’s heart and identity. In 2019, 45% of undocumented immigrants had been U.S. residents for more than 10 years.

Join those on the front lines to discuss why San Francisco’s historic Sanctuary ordinance is crucial to upholding our values of equality and inclusion, and to building safe strong communities.

GLIDE’s Center for Social Justice works to influence public policy and perception on justice and human rights. Our policy advocacy, community organizing, experiential education, and thought leadership seeks to drive social change by amplifying community voices, influencing mindsets, creating new cultural practices, and transforming institutions of power.

Host: Olga Talamante

Is the Executive Director Emeritus of the Chicana Latina Foundation (CLF). She became the first Executive Director of CLF in January 2003 serving in that position until March of 2018.  She received her BA from UC Santa Cruz and Honorary Doctorate Degree from the University of San Francisco. She is widely respected for her community activism and leadership in the Chicanx, Latin American solidarity, LGBTQ, Immigrant, and progressive political movements.

She currently co-chairs the Caravan for the Children coalition advocating for the children separated at the border.

Panelists include:

Lariza Dugan-Cuadra

In her role as Executive Director, Lariza is committed to continuing the Central American Resource Center –CARECEN SF’s 38+ years empowering and responding to the needs, rights and aspirations of Latinx, immigrant, and under-resourced families in the San Francisco Bay Area –building leadership to pursue self-determination and justice.

Prior to joining CARECEN SF in 2012, Lariza managed community building initiatives and public service grants at the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development. In the late 90’s early 2000’s at KQED–Education Network she implemented early education, media literacy and Latin@ outreach initiatives. In 2003 she founded Puentes Consulting focused on new media, cultural content review and community development initiatives aimed at lifting the intellectual, economic, cultural and civic contributions of migrants to the social fabric of this nation and countries of origin.

She serves as Board Treasurer of Alianza Americas[1]– A transnational network of 50+ immigrant-led organizations across the United States and Latin America; She is a member elected Concilio Member of the San Francisco Latinx Parity and Equity Coalition, and 2023 How Women Lead, Latina Cohort Fellow.

She earned a Bachelor’s in Humanities with emphasis in Community Development & a Minor in La Raza Studies. She attended City College of San Francisco, San Francisco State University and New College of California.

Sarah Souza

Sarah Souza serves as a legislative aide to S.F. Board President Aaron Peskin, on the Immigrant Rights Commission and chairs the Language Access Committee. She is a member of IFPTE Local 21 and the vice president of the San Francisco chapter of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement AFL-CIO. She is committed to fighting for immigrant rights, economic justice, and advancing equitable solutions to empower the most disadvantaged communities including representation in government. She is an Assembly District 17 Delegate and is on the CADEM Rules Committee, as well as a member of the Chicano Latino Caucus of the California Democratic Party.

As a result of her advocacy and joint efforts with statewide coalitions, the Governor signed the expansion of Earned Income Tax Credit to immigrant workers. In 2019, she was appointed as the first Dreamer to represent San Franciscans on the DCCC. As co-chair of SF Commissions for All, she led campaign efforts to pass a charter amendment to allow all San Franciscans, regardless of immigration status, to serve on local boards and commissions. Overall, Sarah Souza wants to bring an intersectional approach to policymaking and change systems that fail to respond to the most vulnerable communities in San Francisco.

Sofia S. Rios Dorantes

Sofía (she/her), began volunteering with the Amigos De Cleto collective in Mexico in 1998. Sofía served LGBT and heterosexual HIV+ communities. In 2001 she fled Mexico to North Carolina and eventually San Francisco, California to seek asylum.She came to El/La Para TransLatinas looking for services. She was part of the volunteers of the same organization. Sofía was first hired by El/La in 2018 as a Data Specialist where she received Salesforce training, making her the first Certified Latina Transgender Data Specialist. Since then, she has risen through the ranks to become the first Deputy Director at El/La, demonstrating the mission and vision of El/La Para TransLatinas.

She is an indigenous Transgender Woman from San Gabriel Chilac, Puebla, Mexico. She is proud of her roots in speaking Nahuatl as well as Spanish and English.

Hope you could join us!

Center for Social Justice