Who we are: We are a grassroots, community based organization, federally recognized 501c3 tax-exempt human rights entity under IRS code.
Our mission is to foster leadership and provide tools for greater civic participation of immigrants in DC who do not speak English as their primary language in solutions that impact their lives. We mobilize the community to prompt systemic change to meet the goal of language justice in the District.
MLOV’s Core Values:
- Low-income immigrant communities have a rightful place in the District, a sanctuary city.
- “Sanctuary” must mean a place that is safe for EVERYONE. This means individuals that identify as black, Latino, immigrant, Muslim, transgender, queer, gender non-conforming, low-income and any combination therein that face discrimination and violence. It means being safe not just from ICE, but also from increased arrests, criminalization. It means freedom from poverty, under-resourced schools, lack of affordable housing, homelessness and under-quality healthcare.
- It is most proactive working with, rather than for, low-income immigrant communities. We must respect and follow the leadership of affected communities, including immigrants, workers, Muslims, people of color, poor people, queer people, and young people, who are the experts on their own lived experiences and are fighting for their own liberation. - Our City Council and Mayor have a responsibility to protect us from the harmful policies of the Trump administration. Current sanctuary policies do not go far enough in protecting all communities under attack, in all the ways we remain vulnerable.
We won’t let Trump divide us into "good immigrants" and "bad immigrants". We won’t let him divide our Black and Brown communities. We don't turn our back on our families and neighbors here!
Our workconsists of advocacy and community organizing. We advocate by administering the DC Language Access Coalition, which provides third-party consultation to DC government in order to ensure compliance with the DC Language Access Act of 2004.