Join NAVIGATE MN for a great fun night bringing hundreds of people together to celebrate our work and recognize outstanding Latinos who will receive a Minnesotanxs 
SPONSOR this great event
email team@navigatemn.org
We have an amazing keynote speaker Rosa Clemente. A native of the South Bronx, Rosa is one of the most raw, honest, political, social, and cultural voices in the country. From Harvard to prisons, Rosa has spent her life dedicated to scholar activism. She is currently a doctoral student in the W.E.B. Dubois department of UMASS-Amherst. Throughout her scholarly career, Rosa has been a constant on the ground presence through the many political struggles facing Black and Latinx people in the 21st century.
WHERE: Metropolitan State University
WHEN: September 22nd, 2016 6:00pm
What: Gala, Keynote and Awards

suggested contribution of $15


This is the opportunity to highlight individuals, groups and orgs doing the work that advances our community. Nominate people, we want to elevate them in a platform honoring their vision and love for our community.




New Report on the Economic Impact of DACA and DAPA Released

A new report produced by Dr. Katherine Fennelly at the University of Minnesota examining the economic impact of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) is now available.

Sponsoring organizations of the report include the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota (ILCM), LatinoLead, the Minnesota Business Immigration Coalition, the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, and the Minneapolis Foundation.

The full report is available here.

On the 4th anniversary of DACA.

DREAMers and allies will be celebrating the fourth year anniversary of President Obama’s Deferred Action, a program that in a few short years has dramatically reframed the immigration debate and the presidential election in 2016.

The 2014 presidential announcement to expand DACA and the creation of DAPA filled our community with hopes for a path out of the shadows and into prosperity without fear for our familias. As we know the 2012 DACA opened up career paths, educational opportunities, and a path for social mobility for more than 664,000 people across the nation. In Minnesota, the numbers are above 5000 with more youth becoming eligible as they reach their 15th birthday.

While the success of the program is undeniable, it would be lying to you to say that with a High School Diploma and a DACA approval we/you are all set. And in the land of the most serious racial disparities, that is far from the truth. It is also necessary to bring investment to equitable funding and accessibility to title IX for undocumented students as well as eligibility to medical insurance.  For mixed status families, the complexities also get real as we know more than half of our undocumented comunidad will remain in limbo, deportable and going more into the shadows as we’ve seen the deportation machine will not stop anytime soon. Additionally, systemic racism in the form of the education disparities, wage gaps, and lack of opportunity for social mobility calls for all of us to roll up our sleeves and bring solutions to the table, on our terms. We are determined to keep building a powerful intersectional base to win the permanent changes our community deserves. So as we wait to hear the ruling from the Supreme Court, we in Navigate have done deep soul searching and have laid out a plan based on our relationship and trust we have from our comunidad.

As we continue to grieve our hermanxs in Florida and hold space for healing, we cannot turn our eye to the awaken xenophobia, Islamophobia, homophobia and the reactionary demonstrations of terror and violence embedded in white supremacy. Fellow organizer Marisa Franco reminds us “There are many around us, amongst us who are deeply uncomfortable with some of us getting a little more out of this life. With some of us getting to be a little more whole, a little more ourselves, a little, more, free. And the reactions come in blood, they come in sinister laws, they come in hurtful words. None of us is safe, therefore none us can afford silence. And above all, we must never be fooled into thinking they are simply coming for the other”.

Additionally, the (un)intentional silencing of our Latinx community from the Minnesota non- profit mainstream and politicians remind us once again that we have been taken for granted way too long. We need to be heard, y para eso hay veces que uno tiene que gritar.

This is why are determined to keep building our powerful, resourceful, justice oriented and intersectional critical base that will continue to give meaning to the demographic change and that will remain faithful to our comunidad, that will speak verdades del corazon, that will advance with community with fierce love, sabiendo que lo que ganamos, y lo que somos lo defendemos con uñas y dientes.

En la lucha

Emilia González Avalos


Recordando/Remembering Orlando

Our thoughts and prayers are with our Muslim, Latinx & Queer friends in Orlando and elsewhere. We must do everything in our power to prevent these atrocities from taking place again and we must create spaces of welcome and love, spaces of safety and caring.

Please join us for the following events:

June 14, 2016 – Saloon Latino Night13435474_10206169186860068_1680719153435742445_n

As many know, it was Latino night at Pulse. The majority of those k illed were Boricuas, Latinxs, Queer men and women of color.

Como muchos saben, era de noche latina en la barra Pulse. La mayoría de los que murieron eran Boricuas , Latinxs , hombres y mujeres de color parte de la comunidad LGBT+.

Evento en Facebook event page.


June 17, 2016 – Orlando: Celebrating Queer People of Color

We will celebrate in community the Celebrationlives of all those who perished in the Orlando shooting. Lets be among friends, our music and remember those who died.

Vamos a celebrar en la comunidad la vida de todos aquellos que murieron en el tiroteo de Orlando. Vamos a estar entre amigos, nuestra música y recordar a los que murieron.

June 23, 2016 – Vigil/Vigilia for OrlandoVigil June 23, 2017

Join us for a vigil to remember those who perished during the Orlando shooting. Bring a candle.

Acompáñenos en una vigilia para recordar a aquellos que murieron durante el tiroteo de Orlando. Trae una vela .


June 26, 2016 – Pride Parade/Desfile de OrgulloLatinx Pride 2016

Walk with us. We need our queer community of color to come and join us and hold the names of those who perished during the Orlando shooting. We will have t-shirts (sign up here). Though please wear a white t-shirt in case we do not have enough. We are meeting T 10am around 3rd ave and 3rd street downtown Minneapolis. More here.

Camina con nosotros . Necesitamos nuestra comunidad LGBT+ de color a venir y unirse a nosotros y ser parte del desfile. Tendremos los nombres de aquellos que murieron durante el rodaje de Orlando. Ayudanos a llevar uno de los nombres. Tendremos camisetas. Aunque favor use una camiseta blanca en caso de que no tenemos suficiente. Estamos reunidos en torno tercera avenida y 3ª calle del centro de Minneapolis.

Facebook page/Pgina de facebook aqui.





NAVIGATE MN -Job Announcement
Program Coordinator.
Who we are:
NAVIGATE is a leadership development program for young adults in Minnesota facing financial, social and legal barriers to achieve their dreams through changing unjust systems. Through NAVIGATE, these young adults help their community and themselves by working to access college education, jobs and legal status.
NAVIGATE-MN is currently seeking a dedicated part time Program Coordinator for our education component, someone who is passionate about immigration justice and education equity!

Job Description
Education Program Coordinator
The Navigate program coordinator – education component- provides cultural competent, relevant and critical information on navigating K-12, college access and success to the Latino diaspora and professionals who serve this multicultural and multiracial community centering low-income, first generation, mixed status/undocumented/DACA students and their families.
Ideal program coordinator is a bilingual (Spanish/English) individual who has a deep understanding in racial disparities/structural racism, racial, education, and immigration justice, asset based community building strategies, and popular education models.

General Responsibilities
• Collaborates with Director to establish and maintain program goals, conduct program assessment, curriculum and presentation reviews and identify development and capacity building activities. Develops and implements ongoing improvement strategies to support program development and standards.
• Serve as a spokesperson for the organization. Remain informed on policy issues and current events impacting our work, as well as effective messaging on these issues
• Uses independent judgement to prioritize project to ensure efficiency, program success and community experience
• Provide presentations and workshops to schools, colleges and other stakeholders
• Maintain and develop relationships with diverse education programs, schools, colleges, universities and organizations that offer career development and social mobility opportunities
• Developing program to support student and families to create strategies for their education path.
• Support students in financial aid and college application process in community forums, small sessions and 1-1 settings
• Collaborating and connecting with partner organizations and education institutions in order to bridge students and families to their resources
Perform other duties as required and assigned
Essential job Functions:
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Possess strong organizational skills and pay attention to detail.
• Ability to work with a diverse student, faculty and community is essential.
• Ability to execute those physical activities required to perform the essential functions including, but not limited to, regular sitting and being mobile; continual communicating both in person and on the telephone; regular keyboarding; regular reading of both print and digital material; and all other activities required to perform essential functions.
• Individual must possess valid MN DL and reliable transportation
Other Requirements:
• Commitment to racial and immigration justice and ability to communicate and interact effectively with people of all ages and diverse background.
• Proven ability to work effectively as a team player; highly motivated, focused and results oriented.
• Ability to exercise discretion and tact in all interpersonal contacts, and to maintain confidentiality at all times.
• Ability to manage multiple tasks according to required deadlines, and maintain composure under high stress conditions.
• May be required to work occasional evening/weekend hours.

The Navigate Program Coordinator must support NAVIGATE’s mission and vision. They must operate within the organization’s policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and the code of ethical behavior.
-Employment Logistics
15-20 hours per week
Wage: $15/Hour
Anti-Discrimination Policy and Commitment to Diversity
We believe that diversity is strength, and we are committed to maintaining an inclusive, multicultural network. We are an equal-opportunity employer and welcome all qualified applicants.
To Apply
1. Please seek more information about our learning community before taking the time to submit an application: http://www.navigatemn.org/
2. Qualified, passionate applicants should send their resume and cover letter by 4/20/16 to: team@navigatemn.org

Community Forum- Foro Comunitario

Nuestra comunidad tiene muchos recursos ahora como DACA, Advanced Parole y oportunidades de agilizar la residencia permanente cuando tienes petición familiar, ademas el MN Dream Act con recursos financieros para la educación superior, pero ahora con la elecciones presidenciales y la muerte del Juez Antonin Escalia, tenemos que estar alerta.

Ven y ponte al dia sobre todo de inmigracion y ten la oportunidad de conectarte con recursos comunitarios y visita una universidad y conoce representantes de universidades.

Tambien conoce el nuevo programa piloto de la Oficina de Educación Superior- Occupational Grant.

Se puede registrar aqui: REGISTRO
Desayuno y almuerzo incluidos.

Our community has many resources now like DACA and MN Dream Act, but there is a lot of uncertainty with the presidention election under way and the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. We have to be alert.

Join us get the latest around immigration and get a chance to connect with community resources, get a college tour and meet representatives from vaious colleges and universities.

[Want to bring your community resource? Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1AA95fnuGpqU6E8RVmah3caUQ2moAm0S68E-n34Gfs0I/viewform]

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We the (undocumented) People’s Platform – Caucus Resolutions 2016

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Resolutions: Driver’s Licenses for all (download)

Whereas the safety of Minnesota’s roads is of paramount concern for everyone, and

Whereas it is imperative that all drivers be properly tested, licensed, and insured, and

Whereas access to safe and affordable private and public transportation is essential for access to education and economic opportunity as well as the daily needs of Minnesota residents, and

Whereas access to private forms of transportation is particularly essential to residents in rural areas of Greater Minnesota where there are unsatisfied needs of transportation available, and

Whereas Minnesota extended a universal right to a driver’s license to all Minnesota residents who were capable and qualified to pass a knowledge and practical driving test in this state until 2003 when the rights of some Minnesotans were revoked based on legal immigration barriers,

Whereas groups as diverse as the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Minnesota Agri-Growth Council, the United Commercial and Food Workers Union and a steadily growing number of religious organizations in the State have joined in voicing support for restoring an equal right to apply for a Minnesota driver’s license to all Minnesotans of driving age, and regardless of immigration status,


The State of Minnesota should act now to support the addition of a valid foreign-issued passport and foreign birth certificate, translated into English, to the list of documents that will be accepted as a proof of identity on the Minnesota Driver’s License application,

And that the ________________ Party supports restoring driving rights to undocumented Minnesotans.


Access to Health Insurance download

Whereas Immigration continues to be a politically divisive issue. We firmly believe immigrants, whether documented or not, should have access to quality health care, and

Whereas affordable health services for all immigrants is essential to ensure a basic human rights, as well as promote cost-effective, preventive health care for the whole U.S. population, and contrary to common belief or political rhetoric, giving undocumented immigrants access to insurance is an evidence-based way to actually reduce health care costs, and

Whereas several socioeconomic factors indicate that immigrants (both documented and undocumented) are at greater risk for poor health, and current legislative policy and the new health care reform legislation continue to pose obstacles to the accessibility of health services for both documented and undocumented immigrants, and
Whereas due to the lack of health insurance, immigrants working in occupations with high fatality rates (transportation, material moving, construction) and a higher rate of workplace injury (construction, painters, roofers) are particularly vulnerable to health and financial crises should they have an accident or acute onset of disease and need extended medical care, and

Whereas we believe in a Minnesota where all people feel valued and secure. Where the work we do is valued, and where we have the power to prioritize what matters most to us. Where families have time to laugh and play. Where people care about each other, and for each other. Most of all, a state where this is true for all families – not just white communities who can afford it, and

Whereas Minnesota is nationally considered a leader in health care systems and policy.

Whereas Governor Dayton’s bipartisan healthcare financing task force recommended a study of long term financing models including “Instituting a publicly-financed, privately delivered universal health care system”, and

Whereas, the current system under the Affordable Care Act leaves 30 million Americans uninsured and fails to control spiraling costs, increasing deductibles, premiums, and co-pays that make insurance unusable for many.

Whereas the US pays at least 150% more than any other developed country for healthcare, and has worse outcomes on population health to show for it.


The State of Minnesota should act now to support and implement a single payer (publicly financed, privately delivered) health care system that includes Minnesota non citizens that have been excluded from ACA

And that the ________________ Party supports an inclusive single payer health care system


Resolution: Immigration Enforcement (download)

Whereas we believe our neighbors should be able to live in our community free from fear, regardless of their immigration status;

Whereas our immigration enforcement system locks up hundreds of thousands of immigrants unnecessarily every year, exposing families around the U.S. to inhuman confinement conditions and holding individuals without judicial review all at the expense of American taxpayers;

Whereas we believe our law enforcement is under a constitutional obligation to ensure anyone in custody is held with a warrant.;

Whereas we believe our law enforcement must protect the constitutional rights of all Minnesotans, regardless of immigration status;

Whereas we support local law enforcement decisions to limit cooperation with federal immigration when cooperation would violate the constitutional rights of immigrants in our state;

Whereas we support local and state policies that approach detention of immigrants as the last resort;


The ________________ Party supports the call for an end to unconstitutional immigrant detention and support local and state policies that approach detention of immigrants as the last resort.


Resolution: Immigration Reform download

Whereas we are a nation of immigrants, and we should strongly believe in an immigration system that maintains healthy and vibrant communities, while promoting respect, dignity and permanent protections, and

Whereas there are almost 12 million undocumented immigrants in the US and close to 90 000 undocumented Minnesotans, that are being denied basic rights and protections, and

Whereas the number of deportations is at a record with individuals being deported daily tragically separating thousands of families, and

Whereas immigrant reform must create a process respecting human dignity and family unity, including protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ) families, and
Whereas the process to be created must include opportunities to law offenders that do not represent threats to national security or have been convicted of serious crimes, and
Whereas the families vs felons narrative for immigration relief is divisive and incomplete given the relevant conversations on police accountability and racial profiling, and

Whereas groups as diverse coalition of public and private sectors, and a steadily growing number of religious organization in the State and across the nation that have joined in supporting the foundation of keeping families together and giving immigrant families in Minnesota and across the nation the dignity and respect that they deserve by creating a pathway to citizenship for all immigrants,
Congress should act to create a fair, humane pathway to citizenship for almost 12 million undocumented immigrants that is broad and inclusive and not continent upon border security measures of prospective immigrants; Comprehensive Immigration Reform is long overdue and we ask that the federal government and leadership to commit to the passage of meaningful reform.
And that the ________________ Party supports Comprehensive Immigration Reform with a fair humane pathway to citizenship for almost 12 million undocumented immigrants.


MinnesotaCare for DREAMers


Persons who currently have DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) can now receive MinnesotaCare health insurance if they are income-eligible. The webinar above was conducted on December 29, 2016, and all information is accurate as of that date.

ILCM and partners have worked with the MN Department of Human Services to clarify that DACA status is an eligible status to qualify for MinnesotaCare. Beginning January 1, 2017, if you have DACA and meet the other MNCare criteria – you can enroll! Follow ILCM’s Facebook page for updates and additional information.

Deferred Action immigration status has existed for over 40 years as a federal immigration status. And Deferred Action status has existed for many years as a status that qualifies an individual for MinnesotaCare under state law. Beginning in 2012, DACA confers the same deferred action immigration status to a new group of long-term, young immigrants between the age of 15-30, who came to the U.S. as children and who affirmatively apply for and receive approval by USCIS. Including DACA-approved Minnesotans as eligible for MNCare with other deferred action Minnesotans is consistent with current Minnesota law.

2015 NAVIGATE Conference|Conferencia (Gratis/Free)


 7 DE NOVIEMBRE 2015 – 9AM.
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NAVIGATE is a leadership development program for immigrant young adults in Minnesota facing financial, social and legal barriers to achieve their dreams through changing unjust systems.