JUNTA advocates for changes in the area of immigration policy and workers’ rights to create a system that recognizes that immigrants make significant contributions to their respective communities. We want to organize a civic community that supports the rights of all immigrants to lead healthy, productive and wholesome lives, irrespective of their legal status.
JUNTA believes that the best way to create change is to empower affected communities to demand change themselves. Alongside allied organizations, JUNTA seeks to organize communities of color and mobilize them to demand policy changes from governments and other systems. We direct our community organizing towards a variety of issues that affect Latinos and low-income residents of New Haven, as explained below.
What We Do
JUNTA works on public policy issues in the area of immigrant and worker’s rights at the national, state and municipal levels. JUNTA has worked in coalition with civil rights and human rights groups on issues directly related to immigration status, including access to driver’s licenses, the passage of Connecticut’s in-state tuition bill, and the broader comprehensive immigration reform movement. JUNTA also works on issues beyond immigration policy that still directly impact immigrants and other marginalized communities, including violence, police brutality, exploitation, and the criminalization of communities of color.
We have worked with the city of New Haven and across the state on a number of initiatives aimed at protecting public safety and improving the relationship between new immigrant communities and native residents, including:
Here at Junta we know that one of the #1 issues on the minds of our community members is basic safety — safety not only from crime, but from state violence and forced family separations. This is why we have supported legislation such as the Trust Act, which was passed in Connecticut in 2013 and which limits our state’s participation in the
federal government’s Secure Communities program, protecting thousands of undocumented immigrants without criminal records from unfair scrutiny by law enforcement. We also raise our voices in the Not One More movement, calling on President Obama to halt deportations in light of the threat they pose to families living here in the United States and the threat towards individuals’ safety and sometimes their very lives when they arrive back in their country of origin. Ni una más deportación.
Junta has long-advocated for Comprehensive Immigration Reform on the federal level, because legislative inaction on this issue is complicit in active, ongoing violations of human rights. The system is broken, and there are many deeply-rooted issues that must be fixed to create a just and effective system of immigration in the United States. We support the DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), as we have witnessed the meaningful change this program has created for young people and their families in our community. We also support the ideas for the DACA+ and DAPA (Deferred Action for Parental Accountability) programs, and despite the Supreme Court’s recent decision, we will fight on for justice for immigrant families. Sin papeles, sin miedo.
Know Your Rights: JUNTA offers workshops and educational forums aimed at informing immigrants of their rights. Workshop topics include rights education in the areas of housing, criminal justice, deportation defense, workers’ rights, quality healthcare and education, and other civil and human rights issues.
Junta understands the intersection of the issues of race, immigration, and labor, and we advocate for worker’s rights. We do this by advocating for policy that protects workers from wage theft, and by offering Know Your Rights information and workshops (see above).
For more information about the Advocacy program at Junta, please contact Ana Maria Rivera-Forastieri, Director of Advocacy and Program Development at 203.787.0191, or