El Corazón de Tejas logo El Corazón de Tejas-Central Texas Chapter of REFORMA

Central Texas Immigrants:
Issues They Face, Resources to Assist Them

Schedule of Events
Saturday, May 11, 2002
8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Austin Community College Rio Grande Campus

Registration is free, but space is limited to 200! Register Early!

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Check-in and Coffee

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Luis F. B. Plascencia, MAS/Public Policy
Chairman, Austin Commission on Immigrant Affairs
Government Department and Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Break and Refreshments

10:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. Panel Sessions I

Education & Libraries
Elva Garza, Managing Librarian - St. John Branch, Austin Public Library
Claudia Santamaria, Principal - J.J. Pickle Elementary
T.A. Vasquez, Parent-Teacher Specialist - J.J. Pickle Elementary

Maria Luisa Bautista, Inmigrantes Latinos en Acción
Josefina M. Castillo, Program Coordinator - American Friends Service Committee - Texas, Arkansas & Oklahoma (AFSC-TAO)
Heather Courtney, Producer and Director of "Los Trabajadores"

Health & Social Services
Nadine Pedusseau, Community Support Program Manager - Caritas of Austin
Anastasia Barber, Social Worker, LMSW-ACP - El Buen Samaritano
Shannon Jones, III, Assistant Director, Public Health and Community Services - Austin Travis County Health and Human Services Department
Cathleen Rodriguez, Unit Manager, Healthy Neighborhood Unit, Public Health and Community Services - Austin Travis County Health and Human Services Department

Sandra Battise, Housing Division Manager, Capital Area Housing Finance Corporation
Chris Garza, Program Specialist II, Austin Tenants’ Council

Immigration Law
Carmen Cortés-Harms, Chancellor, Consulate General of Mexico
Paul Parsons, Immigration Attorney
Nidia Salamanca, Legal Assistant/Pro Bono Coordinator - Political Asylum Project of Austin (PAPA)

Police & Safety
Laura Gomez-Horton, Social Worker, LMSW-ACP, Domestic Violence Counselor, SafePlace
Stanley Knee, Chief of Police - Austin Police Department
Henry Moreno, Police Officer - Austin Police Department
Manuel Renteria, Community Liaison, Immigrant Outreach Program - Austin Police Department

11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Panel Sessions II (Repeat of Panel Session I)

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Organization Fair and Refreshments

Non-profit groups and local agencies that offer services to the immigrant community will be available to answer questions and distribute literature.

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For more information, please call Jennifer Thomas at 512/974-7547 or

Thank you to our community partners:
Austin Public Library
Austin Community College - Rio Grande Campus
H-E-B Grocery Stores - Austin Community Outreach

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Page Author:  Sarah Bradley-Leighton
Created: February 2, 2002
Updated: May 8, 2002