Centro Latino Americano is looking for volunteers who are interested in receiving training to be Community Navigators to help our Latino community in Lane County. Please refer to the information below for more information regarding this new volunteer opportunity.
What is a Community Navigator?
Community Navigators are community members who receive specialized training to provide quality immigration information and services for their communities in an empowering and effective way. They are also liaisons between their community, legal service providers, social service organizations, and government representatives.
Who are Community Navigators?
They are community leaders, advocates, educators, mentors, and interpreters in their respective communities.
Why is this a necessary service?
Over 5 million immigrants are eligible for relief under President Obama’s executive actions (DAPA and DACA Extended). As a field, we don’t have capacity to provide traditional legal services at that scale. Demand may lead to price hikes, and it may also lead to the emergence of “notaries” who engage in fraudulent or unlawful practice of law (UPL).
What will your role be as a Community Navigator?
Your role will be to provide accurate information in your community (i.e. informational sessions after church, at school, or at your place of work, organizing in the community to defend or create pressure against the new administration’s actions, reporting victimization, etc), you will refer applicants to trusted legal service providers and community-based organizations, and are responsible for reporting victimization of immigrants by fraudulent “attorneys”.*
*At the moment, Centro Latino Americano is seeking accreditation by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) to be able to provide legal advice without an attorney. Because we do not yet have BIA accreditation is that we will not provide training on preparing legal documents and applications. Your role, therefore, will not be to assist with screening and applications under supervision by attorneys and BIA representatives. More information on this will follow in the months to come.
- Bilingual (english-spanish) speakers preferred but will also train monolingual Spanish speakers
- Bicultural (having personal experience in one or more cultures and traditions) or cross-cultural experience
- Experience with immigration issues in the United States (either personal, through family, work, or others)
- Connection to the Latino community in Lane County
*For those that are have some or none of the skills listed above but are hoping to lend a hand to our community, there will be opportunities to do different types of work, such as helping put materials together, helping set up community events, etc. If you are interested, please contact us so that we can send you some more information and set up an interview to determine in which capacity you can help Centro Latino and the Latino community in Lane County.
Required Training Sessions
All trainings will take place at Centro Latino Americano
1st Training: Wednesday April 5th from 5:30-7:00pm
- What does it mean to be a Community Navigator – Background & Introduction (module 1), Immigration 101 (module 2), and Administrative Relief (module 3)
2nd Training: Friday April 7th from 5:30-7:00pm
- Defending Administrative Relief (module 4), Victimization & Identifying Legal Help (module 5), and Screening (module 6)
3rd Training: Monday April 10 from 5:30-7:00pm
- Know Your Rights and DACA
4th Training: Wednesday April 12th from 5:30-7:00pm
- Family Preparedness Packets Training
5th Training: Thursday April 13th from 5:30-7:00pm
- Event Participation at Agnes Stewart Middle School Family Preparedness Packet Taller 1. We will be attending the first taller, or meeting, that Agnes Stewart Middle School will have for their families as an example of ways in which volunteers can help.
Interested? Please Contact Us!
Karla Schmidt Murillo
Community Navigator Organizer & Trainer
Centro Latino Americano