When: 6 to 8 p.m. May 15, 2018
Where: Columbia College Chicago, Film Row, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., 8th floor
Download the flyer and pass it on, Covering Immigration — May 15 — PDF

In Chicago, a city of immigrants, reporting on immigration-related stories is as critical as ever.

And there are so many things happening in the communities that journalists may not yet know.

This is why Public Narrative is holding a “speed-dating” event to allow journalists and journalism students to meet experts, immigrant and refugee support agencies, as well as some people who are affected by the shifts in immigration policy.

There are many stories to tell, including how community organizations and people here have rallied on behalf of immigrants and refugees.

  • Illinois has settled 3,000 refugees annually. What will it drop to in 2018?
  • How are DACA youths (upwards of 40,000 in Illinois) dealing with uncertainties?
  • How has the travel ban and increased harassment affected Muslim communities?
  • The undocumented span many ethnicities and nationalities, including Latinos, Africans, Asians and Europeans. Are they safe even in a sanctuary city?
  • Has there been an increase in ICE raids?

Chicago has a legacy as a place that has long offered a haven to those fleeing for their lives or livelihoods, a place where families reunited have kept alive their languages and their faiths. And that legacy is alive today.

We’ll talk about the numbers and groups touched by the governmental changes, and how the new policies are rolling out for the thousands of undocumented, the ranks of asylum seekers, the families hoping to bring relatives here and the many grappling with change.

Join us. And pass the information on to a friend.

This event is sponsored by the Democracy Fund.