The Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara presents: Immigrants’ Stories – America’s Promise, an online educational forum on Thursday, Jan. 28

Are you interested in learning more about immigration policies and how they impact Santa Barbara? Then join the Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara for an informative and compelling online educational forum, Grants in Action: Immigrants’ Stories – America’s Promise, on Thursday, January 28, 2021, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Attend this forum to learn about the important work of the Santa Barbara Immigration Legal Defense Center (ILDC) and how a $65,000 Women’s Fund grant to partially fund an immigration attorney has helped advance their work. The forum is being moderated by Mikki Andina, Ph.D., a member of the Women’s Fund Research Committee, and a retired anthropologist and public health nurse. Claribel Madueña, Esq., Attorney and Certified Specialist in Immigration & Nationality Law, will begin the program with a brief history of immigration policy and practices in the U.S. and will join in a panel discussion with Julissa Peña, Executive Director, ILDC. Maria Vega, Esq., the ILDC’s first full-time immigration attorney, will speak about the work of ILDC followed by an interview of a current ILDC client providing a personal perspective. 

The forum offers insights about immigration and attendees may submit questions to the panelists. The event is open to Women’s Fund members, their guests, and the general public.  Advance registration is now open at:


ABOUT THE WOMEN’S FUND OF SANTA BARBARA:  The Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara is a volunteer-led collective donor organization that enables women to combine our charitable dollars into significant grants addressing the critical needs of women, children, and families in south Santa Barbara County. For more information go to

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