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Youth Program Offerings in 2024

We are currently recruiting for two upcoming youth programs, our Immigrant Youth Mentorship Program for refugees and asylees ages 15-24 in D.C., and our Summer Youth Program for rising 6th-12th graders in D.C.

MLOV Response to the State of the Union (SOTU)

In this year’s State of the Union address, President Biden’s discussion on immigrants was predominantly centered around his proposal to bolster border security. This singular focus overlooks the diverse array of concerns that weigh on immigrant families across the United States.

MLOV Launches New Immigrant Youth Mentorship Program

For many young individuals who have arrived in the United States as refugees or immigrants, the journey to a new homeland is marked by prolonged periods of displacement and numerous challenges.

Hiram Cortez appointed new MLOV Executive Director

The MLOV Board of Directors is extremely pleased to announce we have appointed Hiram Cortez as our new Executive Director, effective February 13, 2023.

Let’s keep immigrant families housed for the holidays - and beyond

Immigrant families in the US do whatever it takes to pay their bills. We dip into our savings, we borrow money from our friends and neighbors, we even hold back on food if it means our landlord has no reason to attempt an eviction. Which is why STAY DC, for all its flaws (and it had many), was such an incredibly impactful program for DC immigrants: it provided a way out for immigrant families to pay their rent and begin recovering from the economic pain of the pandemic. 

DC Budget Wins for the People, But Still More Work Ahead

Last Tuesday, Council passed the largest budget in DC history to help thousands of residents have a stable livelihood as the pandemic continues to rage. These transformative victories could not have been possible without the organized power of the people, rising up to demand that this budget reflect the needs of the most vulnerable.

Supporting Essential Immigrant Workers

Essential workers are heroes. They risked their lives throughout the pandemic to keep the rest of us safe. Now it is long past time for essential workers to receive compensation for their hard work. Essential workers deserve more than praise, they deserve hero pay. 

Nuevos menores no acompañados se reúnen con sus familias en DC

Es la frase repetida que se siempre y desde niño había escuchado y que refería a las opciones de vida próspera que se viviría por miles de inmigrantes en los Estados Unidos. Salir de nuestras tierras y dejarlo todo todo como única opción de vida y por diferentes causas y razones. No solo con lágrimas dejamos nuestro país a nuestras espaldas a sabiendas que posiblemente no volveremos a ver seres queridos, amigos y nuestras comunidades.

Reflections on Anti-Asian Violence: Where do we go from here?

Many Languages One Voice stands in solidarity with the Asian-American and Asian communities. Our mission is to support communities to mobilize and enact systemic change. In order to do this, we must build communities that are united. 

We're Helping Families With Economic Relief....Again!

In partnership with the Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative (FSFSC), MLOV will be working to provide residents excluded from Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) with a $1,000.00 cash card or deposit. Undocumented immigrants, excluded workers, street vendors, and reentry residents pay be eligible.

MLOV Condemns Violent Attack on Immigrant Communities by Trump Administration; Rallies District Immigrants to Speak Out for #SanctuaryDC Local Protections.

On January 25th 2017, Trump signed two egregiously violent Executive Orders that would ramp up immigrant detention, threaten the funding of safety net services for our District’s low-income communities, refuse entry to the United States for the most vulnerable refugees from predominantly Muslim countries, and place our families under even greater risk of surveillance and unequal treatment under the law.

WHEN WE ORGANIZE WE WIN: #Matchbox5 Reach Settlement with Company for Unjust Firings

In a time where victories can feel few and far between, we are pleased to announce that the #Matchbox5 have reached a settlement with Matchbox to resolve their claim that Matchbox fired them in retaliation for defending their rights at work.

Trump Administration Ends DACA

This morning at 11 a.m. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that Trump and his administration has decided to end DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). This means that the Department of Homeland Security will stop accepting new DACA applications.

Organizing and Growing During the Pandemic

Immigrant communities of color in Washington, DC have been hit hard this year. Our members continue to be disproportionately impacted by the economic and health effects of the pandemic. Adults and youth face financial distress due to the closure of non-essential businesses, restaurants, schools, and childcare facilities.

Correct link to support DACA renewals!

As we noted in our prior blog post, last week Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that Trump and his administration has decided to end DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). This means that the Department of Homeland Security will stop accepting new DACA applications.

YOU made it possible at our annual fundraiser "Double The M-LOVe"!

On April 12, MLOV held its annual fundraising event with the participation of friends and allies who share our values, principles and objectives.

MLOV was invited to participate at the panel on "Resisting Displacement in the “Cappuccino City""

MLOV at the invitation of The "National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development" CAPACD, participated in the panel of experts on internal forced displacement due to urbanization processes and development of the city the event called ""Resisting Displacement in the "Cappuccino City"

MLOV Inmigración Y Santuario

Inmigración significa para MLOV mas que un concepto, es un sentimiento y un ideario colectivo, significa la confluencia de culturas, idiomas y muchas maneras de concebir nuestro mundo, significa también la construcción de una sociedad que se dignifica con la variada mezcla de grupos y familias que proviniendo de diferentes lugares buscamos un futuro digno sin importar ningún tipo de estatus.

Summer of Youth Empowerment

Summer Institute for Student Organizers (SISO) is a six-week leadership training with the intention of bringing political education with hands-on training for English Language Learner (ELL) immigrant youth in the District.

SISO Summer 2018

Monday, June 25 marked the first day of our annual Summer Institute for Student Organizing (SISO), which provides DC English Language Learner and bi/multilingual immigrant youth with the tools to become organizers!

Sanctuary DC 2018 Candidate Forum

On May 5th the #SanctuaryDC Candidate Forum took place at All Souls Church, along with our co-sponsoring organizations: All Souls Church, ACLU-DC, Asian Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project, Cameroon American Council, CARECEN, CentroNia, Ethiopian Community Center, Family Values At Work, Justice for Muslims Collective, Latin American Youth Center, ONE DC, Peacebuilding Connections, Standing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)-DC, SanctuaryDMV, National Day Laborers Organizing Network, and the National TPS Alliance.