Events / COVID-19 and Criminal Justice

Webinar: Critical Initiatives By Local Governments to Support Immigrant Communities During the COVID-19 Crisis

Past Event
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
1:00 PM — 2:00 PM ET

While local governments across the country are facing precarious economic impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic and harsh federal immigration policies continue, local leaders are providing bold leadership to stand up for immigrants in our communities. This webinar highlights how government leaders partnering with Vera are supporting their immigrant communities through inclusive initiatives, including supporting immigrants in detention, and through supporting legal defense funds.

This webinar is hosted by Vera’s SAFE (Safety & Fairness for Everyone) Network, now a network of 18 diverse local jurisdictions dedicated to the goal of providing publicly-funded universal representation for people facing detention and deportation.

Moderated by:

  • Annie Chen, SAFE Program Director, Vera


  • Atim Otii, Director of the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, Denver, CO
  • Edmundo D. Lijo, Assistant City Attorney, City Attorney’s Office, St. Paul, MN
  • Lidiya Girma, Senior Policy Analyst, County Manager’s Office, Ramsey County, MN
  • Michelle Maziar, Director, Atlanta Office of Immigrant Affairs
  • Nubia Willman, Director of the Office of New Americans, City of Chicago
  • Nora Adriana Preciado, Director of the Office of Immigrant Affairs, City of Los Angeles