MIMA July Newsletter

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July 2019

New Police Policy on Immigration Status

Mayor and Commissioner Harrison

On July 2, 2019, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young joined Police Commissioner Michael Harrison to announce a new police policy that delineates how the Police Department will avoid collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on civil immigration matters. “Policy 1021 Immigration Status” specifies that enforcement of immigration law is not within the purview of Baltimore City Police. Additionally, Baltimore City Police officers should never ask a Baltimore City resident about their immigration status, and no officer should make an arrest based on an administrative (noncriminal) warrant from ICE.

This policy became active on July 13, 2019, further ensuring that Baltimore Police would not participate in recently threatened increases in immigration enforcement. Mayor Young reaffirmed his support for Baltimore’s immigrant community in light of recent threats from the federal government, stating, “Immigrants who call Baltimore home should not live in fear of family separation and deportation, and I will continue to do all that is in my power so that all Baltimore residents, including immigrants, feel safe and welcome in our city.”

MIMA en Español

Mayor Young invites you to his Annual Back to School Rally! / ¡Alcalde Young les invite a su evento de regreso a clases!

El evento anual del Alcalde para celebrar el regreso a clases sucederá el sábado, el 3 de agosto desde las 11:00am hasta las 3:00pm. Este evento llevará a cabo al frente del municipio, ubicado en 100 N. Holliday Street. Participantes se podrán beneficiar de los siguientes servicios y recursos sin costo:

  • Mochilas y útiles escolares (estudiantes deben estar acompañados de un adulto)
  • Vacunas por el Departamento de Salud (se requiere el registro de vacunas de su hijo/a)
  • Alimentos frescos proporcionados por el Banco de Alimentos de Maryland (traiga una bolsa)
  • Música en vivo
  • Recursos para toda la familia
  • ¡Y mucho más!

El evento de regreso a clases no requiere registración, y toda la familia está bienvenida. ¡Esperamos que vengan y se diviertan!

Para más información o si desea sugerir temas, por favor comuníquese con nosotros al correo electrónico mima@baltimorecity.gov

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Snapshot of Our Community

Save the Date - Muevetón + Baby Fest!


­This year, Muevetón and Baby Fest are joining forces for one big, fun-filled event for the whole family! Muevetón + Baby Fest will take place on Saturday, September 21st in Patterson Park near the Pulaski Monument (corner of Linwood & Eastern Avenue). The event kicks off with a FREE 5K at 9 AM. After the 5K, check out Zumba and other fitness demos, have a snack, visit the Kids Zone with your little ones, and take advantage of the many family resources and health screenings that will be available.

If you are a service provider who would be interested in hosting an activity or sharing a resource, you can indicate your interest here. You can also sign up to volunteer here.

If you plan on attending, please RSVP via the Facebook event & share with your networks!

Partner Spotlight

Newcomer Enrollment Services at City Schools

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Did you know that Baltimore City Schools has enrollment staff specifically dedicated to serving newcomer families? These staff members can assist immigrant and newcomer students and their families as they navigate the enrollment process and can also address barriers that newcomers may face at their local schools. Erin Pierce-Inouye is the lead staff member for these services, located at the District’s Administrative Offices at 200 E. North Ave. Erin is a long-time City Schools ESOL instructor, and she is well-prepared to serve Baltimore’s newest neighbors. She can be reached at WelcomeCenter@bcps.k12.md.us or 443-642-4481. If your family or a family you know needs assistance to enroll newcomer students, please visit or call. Stay tuned for more information as services expand, and special thanks to City Schools for taking this critical step toward better serving newcomer youth in Baltimore!

National Happenings

Supreme Court Blocks Citizenship Question 

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As per the Supreme Court’s decision and the President’s recent remarks, the 2020 Census will NOT include a question on citizenship. Baltimore City had opposed the addition of the question due to the likely undercount of immigrant communities. On June 27, the Supreme Court determined that the Administration’s justifications for including the citizenship question were insufficient, leaving opportunity for the Trump Administration to provide adequate rationale. However, on July 11, the President announced that the question would not be included on the Census. Special thanks to all the elected leaders and advocates who fought to ensure an accurate count for Census 2020.

Grant Opportunities

Chesapeake Bay Trust - Outreach and Restoration Grant Program: The grant program encourages outreach and community engagement activities that increase stewardship of natural resources and on-the-ground restoration projects and that engage the community in the restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers. Grants range from $30,000 - $75,000, and applications are due August 22.

The Fund for Change: The Fund supports groups that organize underserved individuals and communities and influence policy makers by advocating for social change. Grant applications are due on September 1, and decisions are made when the Board of Directors meets in December. The average grant size is $10,000-25,000.

France-Merrick Foundation: The Foundation focuses on civics and culture, community and economic development, conservation, education, health and human services, and historic preservation, and funding is aimed at increasing organizational capacity in those areas. Interested organizations should submit a Letter of Inquiry to info@france-merrickfdn.org by August 26.

Zanvyl and Isabelle Krieger Fund: The Fund prioritizes efforts focusing on prevention/ treatment of intergenerational complex trauma, advocacy/community organizing, and crisis response with a focus on immigrants/refugees/asylum seekers. Complete grant applications are due on September 1. New applicants should submit a Letter of Intent to Brooke Hisle at bhisle@associated.org or mailed to 101 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore 21201.

Calendar of Events

Bystander Training
July 29, 6:30PM – 8:00PM
ERICA, 4 E. University Parkway

Highlandtown First Friday Art Walk: Literary Night!
August 2, 5PM – 9PM
Highlandtown Arts District, 3700 Eastern Ave.

Mayor Young’s Back to School Rally
August 3, 11AM – 3PM
War Memorial Plaza, 100 N. Holliday St.

Partner Training: Increasing Latino Home Ownership in Baltimore with ITIN
August 7, 12PM – 4PM
Southeast CDC, 500 S. Highland Ave.

AFRAM Festival
August 10 -11
Druid Hill Park, 3001 East Drive

Films on the Pier: Crazy Rich Asians
August 14, 8:30PM – 10:30PM
Broadway Pier, 1701 Thames Street

Soccer without Borders Baltimore: 10 Year Anniversary
August 15, 6PM – 9PM
Brown Advisory, 901 S. Bond Street

7th Annual Muslim Food Fest
August 17, 12PM – 10PM
Islamic Society of Baltimore (ISB) / Al-Rahmah School, 6631 Johnnycake Road

Flicks from the Hill: Black Panther
August 22, 9PM – 11PM
American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway

Baltimore Community Education: Migrant Detentions and ICE
August 23, 7PM – 9PM
Guerilla Theatre Front, 3522 Bank Street

August LPN Resource Meeting
August 26, 12PM – 1:30PM
Sagrado Corazon de Jesus/Sacred Heart of Jesus, 600 S. Conkling Street

1000 Lights Water Lantern Festival
August 31st, 5:30PM – 9:30PM
Canton Waterfront Park, 3001 Boston Street

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