All children have a right to a free public education, regardless of their actual or perceived immigration or citizenship status or that of their parents.
Education leaders, teachers, students, and families, have asked questions about guidance that was released by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that limits immigration enforcement actions from occurring at schools and other “sensitive locations.” This DHS guidance is at: https://www.cbp.gov/bordersecurity/sensitive-locations-faqs.

To respond to those questions, the U.S. Department of Education has worked with DHS to prepare this fact sheet, intended to help
parents, families, educators, and other school staff understand the DHS guidance.
In general, DHS has explained that immigration enforcement actions may not occur at or in “sensitive locations.”

These locations include:

Schools, such as known and licensed daycares, preschools and other early learning programs; primary schools; secondary schools; post-secondary schools up to and including colleges and universities; as well as scholastic or education-related activities or events.

School bus stops that are marked and/or known to the officer, during periods when children are present at the stop.
Medical treatment and health care facilities, such as hospitals, doctors’ offices, accredited health clinics, and emergent or urgent care facilities.

 Places of worship, such as churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples.
 Religious or civil ceremonies or observances, such as funerals and weddings.
 During public demonstrations, such as a march, rally, or parade.

Will enforcement actions ever occur at sensitive locations?
DHS has explained that immigration enforcement actions may occur at sensitive locations in limited circumstances, but should generally be avoided. DHS officers and agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) may conduct an enforcement action at a sensitive location only with prior approval from an appropriate supervisory DHS official, or if the enforcement action involves exigent circumstances related to national security, terrorism, or public safety, or where there is imminent risk of destruction of evidence material to an ongoing criminal case.

What should I do if I believe an enforcement action has taken place that is inconsistent with this guidance?

DHS has explained that there are a number of locations where an individual may lodge a complaint with DHS about a particular immigration enforcement action that may have taken place in violation of these or other policies. You may find information about these locations, and information about how to file a complaint, on the DHS website at https://www.dhs.gov/, the CBP website at https://www.cbp.gov/, or ICE website at https://www.ice.gov/.
You may contact ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) through the Detention Reporting and Information Line at (888)351-4024 or through the ERO
information email address at ERO.INFO@ice.dhs.gov, also available at https://www.ice.gov/webform/ero-contact-form. The Civil Liberties Division of the ICE
Office of Diversity and Civil Rights may be contacted at (202)732-0092 or ICE.Civil.Liberties@ice.dhs.gov
You may contact the CBP Information Center to file a complaint or compliment via phone at 1-877-227-5511, or submit an email through the website at
Where should I report discrimination if I believe it is taking place in my school?
Anyone with information about discrimination occurring in schools, including discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin (which may include citizenship or immigration status), may file a complaint by contacting the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights via http://www.ed.gov/ocr, ocr@ed.gov,
800-421-3481 or TDD: 800-877-8339 (for language assistance contact 800-USA-LEARN (800-872-5327)) or by contacting the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil
Rights Division, Educational Opportunities Section via http://www.justice.gov/crt/edo, education@usdoj.gov, 877-292-3804, or TTY: 800-514-0383.

~Laura S. Nata
Programs Supervisor of
Families Helping Families of Jefferson &
Louisiana Parent Training and Information Center
201 Evans Road, Bldg. 1, Suite 100 Harahan, LA 70123
504.888.9111 (ext) 209 (fax) 504.888.0246 (toll free) 1.800.766.7736

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Louisiana Association for Public, Community, & Adult Education (LACPCAE) UnConference, February 3rd

Dear Directors and Administrators,

This is just a reminder about our upcoming Region I LAPCAE Unconference.
Please forward this information to your staff and any other interested parties!

On Feb. 3rd, 2017, we will be meeting to:
discuss LAPCAE’s new three tiered strategic plan
recruit members for advocacy, professional development, and fund development subcommittees
discuss WIOA partnerships & what to expect from WIOA-implementation
learn about changes to TABE 11 & 12
give feedback about the yearly conference in August
and to network and share resources with other LAPCAE members.

The UnConference will be an annual meeting to encourage greater member participation in the LAPCAE organization and to create a local platform for membership to be heard and help move LAPCAE forward.
This free event will last from 9:00am – 12:00pm. Continental breakfast will be provided.

We hope to see you there!
Chyna Andrews
LAPCAE Reg. I Representative

Click her to register

Jesuit Social Research Institute (JSRI) Loyola University of New Orleans: Requesting Town Hall Meetings with Senator Bill Cassidy

Hi all,

Please join us in requesting that Senator Bill Cassidy hold a town hall meeting with his constituents in southeast Louisiana. Senator Cassidy’s office phones have been going to voicemail, and in some offices the mailbox is full. Constituents deserve an opportunity to make their voices heard. Cassidy has scheduled town halls in rural northwest Louisiana. Those in the southeastern part of the state want an opportunity as well.

Click here to sign.

Thank you! We’ll keep you updated on the outcome.


SNAP (food stamps) Outreach Training, February 15th

Hi everybody,

I will be hosting another SNAP (food stamps) Outreach training here at Second Harvest on Wed, Feb. 15th, and I would like to invite anyone interested to please attend!

As a SNAP Outreach Partner, you will help applicants with the online application for SNAP benefits, or simply provide guidance and answer questions about what the process should look like. You never have to determine eligibility, but you’re offering much-needed access to a federal program that has the potential to provide 20 TIMES more food to families in need than the boxes from a food pantry alone.

Questions to ask: Are you looking to be more knowledgeable about SNAP as a resource for your clients? Are you already offering SNAP informational materials and looking to offer more hands-on assistance? Do you have internet access and a private room/area in which you could offer SNAP application assistance? How many people are interested in/able to get trained from your organization?

Please RSVP to me by Monday, Feb 13th if you or anyone from your organization is interested in attending this training!

SHFB SNAP Outreach Training
Wed, Feb 15th
Second Harvest Food Bank, 700 Edwards Ave NOLA 70123
Light refreshments will be provided! You only need to RSVP to me, and bring a laptop if you are able.

I look forward to seeing some of you there!


Elizabeth Bobo
Bilingual Program Coordinator—Orleans Parish
504.729.6352 Direct | 504.259.9358 Cell
504.229.7411 Fax

DeltaCorps Position: “Child Nutrition & Garden Educator “


Do you know someone who is looking to become a DeltaCorps Member? Below is an opportunity to share:

Service Position Summary:
The Child Nutrition and Garden Educator will serve within our child hunger programming in schools and partner agencies in Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines, and St. Bernard Parishes to deliver nutrition and gardening education. They will also improve and maintain our Aquaponics garden system, and develop and deliver related nutrition and gardening education programming. Ideal candidates will have a passion for social justice and be able to provide a peer-led, engaging environment. Orleans Parish faces staggering levels of food insecurity and poverty. Second Harvest is attempting to end hunger by targeting its root causes – income, education, wellness, and access to healthy foods. The school pantry program currently improves access to food for students and their families, and the DeltaCorps member will serve to increase access to healthier, local produce through both our aquaponics garden and relationships with local growers, to develop and implement nutrition and gardening education programming within identified school pantry programs, and to increase access to wrap-around social services within identified school pantry programs.

Essential Functions of Position:

· Using Community Based Participatory methods, assess interest and needs for gardening and nutrition education, as well as resources and services, with at least 4 participating school pantries. The service member will be given training and resources as needed to achieve this duty.

· Conduct outreach to local growers to inform them of school pantry produce program and assess interest in a partnership.

· Develop and implement gardening curriculum in Second Harvest’s aquaponics garden and at identified school pantries.

· Implement nutrition education curriculum at identified School Pantries and Kids Café sites.

· Coordinating wrap-around social service providers to attend school pantry times and locations.

· Attend to Second Harvest’s aquaponics garden by improving systems and maintaining production of fresh produce on site to be used in child meal programs and at school pantries.

· Use program development and evaluation methods (training provided).

· Attend weekly 1:1 meetings with Assistant Program Manager to report on progress and discuss service activities.

· Communicate regularly and promptly with the Assistant Program Manager.

· None of the above duties involve supplementing, duplicating, or displacing staff or volunteers per 45 CFR §2540.100 (e) – (f).

· The service member will be serving youth and kids in schools. DeltaCorps has determined that the probability of access to vulnerable populations is so great that all members will receive the three part NSCHC: NSOPR, FBI, and required state components (residence and state of service, as necessary).

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:

· Strong interpersonal and communication skills and an interest in working with diverse populations.
· The ability to serve independently in a dynamic environment
· Attention to detail and the capacity to produce accurate work is essential.
· Excellent written and oral communication skills
· Intermediate-level knowledge of MS Office applications with the ability to generate outreach materials such as business letters, flyers, pamphlets, etc.
· Exceptional telephone and email etiquette, appointment setting, and follow-up skills.
· Willingness to work nontraditional, flexible work hours.
· Ability to handle travel within targeted parishes; must have reliable transportation, valid driver’s license, and current auto insurance.
· Commitment to company mission and values.

· Agrees to provide information to establish eligibility and to complete a National Criminal History Check.

· Knowledge of hunger and poverty issues.
· The member agrees to provide information to establish eligibility and to complete a National Criminal History Check as outlined in 45 CFR §2522.202.

Academic and Experience Qualifications:
High school graduate, GED or will complete GED by end of service.
Experience in gardening and interest in nutrition education required. Experience working in a community setting, preferably in one or more of the following areas: social justice, public health, advocacy, or community organizing. Ideal candidates will be representative of the community they will be serving.

Commitment Required:
The member’s term of service will begin January 3, 2017 and end December 31, 2017. The member will be required to complete 1700 service hours during this 1 year term of service.
Member Evaluation:
The member will report to the Assistant Program Manager on weekly progress using evaluation and performance measures to be outlined in an action plan and communicated in the first week of service. The final performance measures are outlined as goals in the Service Position Summary; in addition, the member will be evaluated ongoing with metrics based on outputs needed to achieve activities outlined in the action plan. The member will also receive ongoing feedback on less measurable requirements, which will be reflected in a quarterly performance review. The member will be required to evaluate and report on programmatic objectives, activities, and outputs, as well as data collected from assessments, in monthly reports and in a final report. Second Harvest requires the member to complete bi-weekly timesheets.

Second Harvest requires all new staff and service members to complete an Employee Onboarding (meeting with all department managers), to review policies and procedures with HR, and to complete ServSafe training, which is conducted on site during service hours.
In addition, the service member will train on Community Bases Participatory Research (CBPR) and evaluation methods and data analysis, and will cross-train on internal reporting systems, as well as various special programs as needed.
Service member will train with existing staff on aquaponics delivery system and nutrition education, as needed.
Training hours meet the requirements of 45 CFR §2520.50.

AmeriCorps Program Benefits:
· DeltaCorps service members receive a $12,530 living allowance for their 1 year, 1700 hour term of service, to be paid in bi-weekly installments of $482. Upon completion of the service term, the service member will receive an educational award of $4,775. The service member will also receive the following benefits: health insurance, workers compensation, student load deferment, SNAP and childcare assistance if eligible, mileage reimbursement for offsite events and meetings, and uniform.

How to Apply
Email resume and cover letter to jobs@secondharvest.org.
Type “Child Nutrition & Garden Educator ” as the only content in the subject line of your email.

Jasmine Meyer, MPH, NDTR
Assistant Program Manager
504.729.2840 Direct / 504.418.7186 Cell

The SNAP Story Bank Project, February 9th

Sakeenah Shabazz is an Emerson National Hunger Fellow at Loyola’s Jesuit Social Research Institute, and she has been working on a SNAP Story Bank Project, putting a face to the state of SNAP (food stamps) in our state. She has traveled far and wide across Louisiana collecting stories in English and Spanish for this project, and there is no doubt it will be compelling and powerful to see.

What: SNAP Story Bank Project
When: Thurs, Feb 9th 6:30PM-8:30PM
Where: (evening program) Loyola University New Orleans (6363 St. Charles NOLA 70118), Thomas Hall (facing St. Charles), Whitney Room



Tulane’s Center for Public Service: Racial Reconciliation and Equity Institute

Racial Reconciliation and Equity Institute
In collaboration with the Center for Restorative Approaches and Equity in All Places, Tulane’s Center for Public Service is offering an institute for community leaders who are interested in learning more and practicing dialogue about racial reconciliation and equity in the workplace. During eight 3 hour sessions and one 8 hour session scheduled for Thursdays: February 9 and 23; March 9 and 23; April 6 and 20; May 4 and 18 between 11:30-2:30 and June 8 between 9AM-5PM and based in the Broadmoor neighborhood, community agency representatives will use dialogue and interactive activities to delve into constructs and concepts of race: definitions, history, and institutional frameworks. The sessions will include mindfulness exercises, thought-provoking dialogue, speaker presentations by scholars, professionals and community leaders, videos, poetry, hands-on experiential educational activities, social gatherings, community building, meals, skills/knowledge component and “homework” assignments intended to help better understand issues of racial reconciliation and equity. Read full description here. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis until January 30, 2017. Apply here.
Thank you for your consideration and feel free to contact me with any questions before submitting your application.
Warm regards,
Amanda Buberger
Assistant Director, Academic Community Engagement
Tulane University’ s Center for Public Service
301 Alcee Fortier Hall
6823 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118-5665
o: (504) 862-8058
c: (504) 473-6290
f: (504) 862-8061

Dialogue on Race

The DOR Original Series is a six session series. Participants are required to attend the first session, and to commit to five of the six sessions. The series will be held weekly, per the schedule above.

To register and pay: http://dialogueonracelouisiana.com/
If you already registered then this is only a reminder.
The cost for the entire six-week Series is $25.00. Payment can be made online or at the time of registration. Click the Event button, then select Series Registration.
The series is limited to 15 participants.
For more information contact Maxine Crump
info@dialogueonracelouisiana.org or call 225-274-6902