MIMA Community Matters: Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs

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February 2019

Meet MIMA!

To kick off 2019, we’d like to introduce you to MIMA’s newest team members.

Angel Silva

Angel Silva, Grants Program Manager

Angel Silva is our newest team member, joining MIMA just after the start of the New Year! Angel manages a large federal grant that helps refugees access vocational training and job upgrades. He is also developing new programs to service Baltimore’s New American communities and is seeking grant opportunities to bring those programs to fruition. Prior to his current role, Angel worked as a student organizer in California, as the policy literacy coordinator for Cal State Northridge’s undocumented student resource center, and as the social media and content specialist for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. Angel is excited to be a new Baltimore resident and has made it his goal to bike as much as possible throughout the city once it gets warmer.

Mark Losha

Mark Losha, Language Access Coordinator and
Baltimore Corps Fellow

Mark joined MIMA in September 2018 to implement language access programming across city agencies. Mark’s work will ensure that New Americans whose English abilities are limited can receive the same quality of service through city agencies as their English-speaking peers. Prior to joining MIMA, Mark was an AmeriCorps Site Coordinator for a literacy program in Baltimore City Schools. Before moving to Baltimore in 2015, Mark lived in Cameroon (his home country) and worked with international development organizations like the U.S. Peace Corps.

Katie Miller

Katie Miller, Senior Program Coordinator Katie.Miller@BaltimoreCity.gov

Katie has been with MIMA since May 2018 when she completed an OSI Community Fellowship. In her current role, Katie coordinated the New American Leadership Institute (a six-week civics academy), manages and is expanding MIMA’s social media presence, and assists with the planning of the annual Baltimore Immigration Summit. Katie is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Guyana 2012-14) and moved to Baltimore in 2014 for the Peaceworker Fellowship that allowed her to pursue her Masters in Geography & Environmental Systems at UMBC.

MIMA en Español: Codigo de Alerta Azul y Consejos de Salud

Codigo de Alerta Azul y Consejos de Salud

Code Blue and Safety tips

Snapshot of Our Community: Baltimore Day in Annapolis!

Baltimore Day

Join Mayor Pugh, City Agency Directors, & City Delegation Members (elected officials representing Baltimore in the Maryland House & Senate) in Annapolis on February 4 to discuss legislation and funding that could affect Baltimore City. Baltimore Day will take place in the Miller Senate Office Building (11 Bladen Street, Annapolis) in Conference Rooms 1 & 2 from 6 to 8 PM. Dinner will be served. 

Please RSVP to Mayor.EventRSVP@BaltimoreCity.gov. MIMA will be present and we hope to see you, too!

Partner Spotlight: Maryland Department of General Services


The Maryland Department of General Services (DGS) works with non-federal organizations (such as nonprofits, schools, and local government) to provide them with surplus resources and equipment from the federal government – at no cost through their Federal Surplus Property Donation Program! DGS works with organizations to determine what their needs are and to transfer equipment to the organizations in need. Some examples of surplus equipment are:

  • Electronics (computers, communications equipment, etc.)
  • Furniture (desks, chairs, etc.)
  • Motor vehicles, boats, airplanes
  • Clothing
  • Medical equipment supplies
  • Hand and machine tools, appliances, hardware, construction equipment, generators, etc.

For more information visit: https://dgs.maryland.gov/Pages/SurplusProperty/Federal.aspx and to apply, visit: https://dgs.maryland.gov/Documents/SurplusProperty/FederalApplication.pdf and email it to bradley.thomas@maryland.gov after completing the form

National Happenings: Citizenship Question Blocked by Federal Judge

On January 15th, Mayor Pugh issued the following statement in response to Judge Jesse Furman’s rule against the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the next decennial count. 

“This decision by the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York is an affirmation of who we are as a nation and what we are not. It is essential that each and every resident of our City and communities be counted. So much depends on a full and accurate counting in terms of federal dollars, essential services and congressional representation. The defeat of this attempt to undercount our residents is not only welcome but a cause for celebration.

While the legal battles to remove the Citizenship question are not over, I remain committed to ensuring that every Baltimorean is counted and can confidently participate in the upcoming Census. I support the State of Maryland’s lawsuit to remove the citizenship question, a trial which will begin this month. Each of us has a right to be counted, and Judge Furman’s decision is a critical step in defending that right.”

Maryland’s trial challenging the citizenship question began on January 23rd and is expected to conclude this week. Read more.

Calendar of Events

Free Drop-In Art Activities at Walters
Every Saturday and Sunday in February from 11am to 4pm
Walters Art Museum
600 N. Charles St., Baltimore MD 21201

Exhibition: Pero que deseo tan absurdo
Open Now Until February 22nd, 2019
1601 W Mount Royal Ave, Baltimore MD 21217

Romare Bearden Family Day
February 2nd –  11am to 3pm
Reginald F. Lewis Museum
830 E. Pratt St., Baltimore MD 21202

Walk-in Tour (Español): Grandes amores y traíciones
February 2nd – 1pm to 2pm
Walters Art Museum
600 N. Charles St., Baltimore MD 21201

Sunday Family Art-Making Workshops – Investigating Textures
February 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th – 2pm to 5pm
Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore MD 21218

Baltimore Day In Annapolis
February 4th – 6pm to 8pm
Miller Senate Office Building
11 Bladen Street
Conference Rooms 1 & 2
Annapolis, MD 21401

Birthright Citizenship and the Politics of Early Black Baltimore
February 7th – 5pm to 6:30pm
Milton S. Eisenhower Library, Johns Hopkins University
3400 N Charles St, Baltimore, Maryland 21218

Shriver Hall Concerts Discovery Series: Mafalda Santos & Sahun Hong
February 9th – 3pm
Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore MD 21218

South Asian Students at Hopkins Presents: Dil Se 2019
February 9th – 6pm to 8pm
Shriver Auditorium, Shriver Hall
3400 North Charles Street, Baltimore MD 21218

Lunar New Year Celebration
February 10th – 11 am to 4 pm
Walters Art Museum
600 N. Charles St., Baltimore MD 21201

MICA Presents: Artist Talk with Miguel Luciano
February 11th – 4pm
Fred Lazarus IV Center – Auditorium
131 W North Ave, Baltimore MD 21201

Citizenship: A MICA Community Show
February 13th – 5pm to 7pm
Decker Library
1401 W Mt. Royal Ave, Baltimore MD  21217

Talking About Race: Plessy v. Ferguson and America’s Journey from Slavery to Segregation
February 13th – 7pm to 8:30pm
Church of the Redeemer
5603 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21210

Amigos Pequeñitos: Aves de Invierno
February 15th – 10am to 11am
Patterson Park Audubon Center
2901 E Baltimore St, Baltimore, 21224

Viajeros Verdes: Aves de Invierno
February 16th – 10am to 11am
Patterson Park Audubon Center
2901 E Baltimore St, Baltimore, 21224

Peabody Preparatory Academy Strings
February 16th – 11 am to 12pm
Walters Art Museum
600 N. Charles St., Baltimore MD 21201

Black History Month at the Walters: Searching for Shaniqua
February 17th – 2pm to 4 pm
Walters Art Museum
600 N. Charles St., Baltimore MD 21201

The Rotunda Lunch Concert Series – Grayson Moon
February 22nd – 12pm to 1:30pm
Baltimore City Hall Rotunda
100 Holliday Street Baltimore, MD 21202

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Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs
100 N. Holliday Street, Room 250
Baltimore, MD  21202