Localingua’s slogan is “Local versions of your global efforts.” During the month of March, we have been getting involved with our local Northeast Ohio community regarding the global effects of our country’s changing immigration policies. We want to be connected to the community, and be ready to help our local organizations with any translations or interpreting assignments that they need to support their efforts.
Mario attended a meeting with City of Cleveland, Mayor Jackson, Council President Kelley, and Joe Cimperman from Global Cleveland gave a press conference on how the city plans to respond to recent legislation passed by the U.S. federal government. Northeast Ohio is home to many immigrant populations from an array of places such as Latin America, the Middle East, and Europe, and these Cleveland heavily depends on these communities as a part its local economy.
Eva took part in "Craft Beer & Conversation: Immigration and Refugees" this weekend in Tremont where a discussion was held with other citizens in the community about immigration and how to better address the situation of illegal immigrants and refugees. The topics discussed included what should happen when illegal immigrants are detained, how and when to grant citizenship, and further education on how the application process for visas and citizenship works.
Mario and Eva also headed up to Lakeland Community College for the Hispanic Success Knowledge Exchange, where successful professionals and students came together to discuss the needs of Hispanic students and what could be done to support their learning experiences. Many Hispanic families are now living in a stressful time when families have been separated (or they fear this outcome) and the children of these families suffer. The speakers on the panel emphasized the importance of support from the community and making these families and children feel safe and welcomed through interaction with them.