Community Notebook: Community Resource Fair

Free live scans, legal consultations and 'Know Your Rights' training will be available

Twenty local organizations will provide information on immigration resources available to community members at a community resource fair in East Palo Alto on Sunday afternoon.

The fair is hosted in partnership with Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto, Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN), Faith in Action Bay Area, Catholic Charities of San Mateo County and St. Francis of Assisi Church. The event will provide resources for community members in East Palo Alto as well as Santa Clara County.

Starting at 3 p.m., Community Legal Resources in East Palo Alto will offer free record clearance support and live-scan screenings for community members who want a copy of their criminal records. Live scans use electronic fingerprinting to identify an individual and his or her records. Two worker rights attorneys and a public defender will be on hand as part of a record expungement clinic that accompanies the live scan. Interested community members should bring a valid government-issued form of identification.

From 4 to 5 p.m., SIREN will provide a "Know Your Rights" training in English and Spanish, including an overview of the current immigration landscape as well as guidance in the event of a raid. SIREN and Catholic Charities of San Mateo will have attorneys on site for legal consultations and other immigration-related questions.

Other participating organizations include Dreamer's Road Map, East Palo Alto YMCA, Ecumenical Hunger Program, Ravenswood Family Health Center and Nuestra Casa.

Representatives from the Mexican Consulate in San Jose will also provide passport renewal services., a national bipartisan organization focused on immigration advocacy, is supporting the resource fair in an outreach capacity.

"Enthusiastic partners" were the main driving force behind bringing the event together, according to Northern California Organizing Associate Sara Orton.

Orton said the planning stages for the event took place over the last few months.

"All these organizations were really both excited and hardworking in their commitment to serving the community of East Palo Alto," she added.

Families are welcome; there will be free food and music, and child care will be available. The first 200 people at the fair will receive free T-shirts.

The event will be held on Sunday, July 23, from 3-6 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church at 1425 Bay Road, East Palo Alto.


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1 person likes this
Posted by fcservices
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Jul 21, 2017 at 5:11 pm

Our thanks to Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto, Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN), Faith in Action Bay Area, Catholic Charities of San Mateo County and St. Francis of Assisi Church for heading up the organizing of this event. We're looking forward to being part of the resource fair with information about mental health and domestic violence survivor services available from Caminar and its Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley division.

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