Jobs obtained through the Centreville Labor Resource Center generated over $200,000 in wages in last year. Not included in this figure are jobs obtained independently of the Center because of connections made here or because of skills developed here. Center staff monitor satisfaction through regular call-backs to employers, and provide support if there are discrepancies regarding pay or work performance. While the current national atmosphere includes verbal attacks on immigrants, especially those from Mexico and Latin America, the Centreville Immigration Forum is attracting more volunteers and participants to the annual International Showcase, which celebrates diversity. The Labor Center is a cultural crossroads where community members from a variety of economic, educational and cultural backgrounds meet and work toward a common goal.
English classes provided with 344 attendees
Skills training classes held
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What your donations accomplished this year:
- The Centreville Labor Resource Center (CLRC) implemented a new ID card program and since mid-August has issued about 50 photo IDs, with more workers showing interest in becoming members. The ID scan-able cards make record-keeping at the CLRC easier and having a photo ID is helpful to many members.
- In June-July-August, 452 jobs were arranged through the CLRC, providing fair wages (typically $15/hour) and safe work conditions.
- The Commission for Labor Justice supports workers who have not been paid as promised. Through letters, phone calls, and accompanying workers to Small Claims Court, volunteers help workers fight for unpaid wages. The group began a partnership with the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy to look at what changes can be made through the state legislature, to protect workers.
- The CLRC Grupo Cultural partnered with the International Mayan League and the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian to host a Mayan dance group from Guatemala. The dancers—known as Grupo Sotz’il—provided several days of workshops at CLRC for young people in the community, then held a joint performance in Centreville.
Focus on Advocacy
In 2016, the CIF Board of Directors initiated greater involvement in advocacy, following recent changes in immigration policy. The Board created an advocacy plan to guide staff decisions regarding participation in advocacy events, including statements, rallies and marches. CIF also convened the Western Fairfax Immigration Strategy Group to bring together faith community leaders, schools, non-profits, county agencies and private immigration attorneys to discuss changes in immigration policy, how those changes are affecting our local community, and to share local resources to help with the rising challenges faced by the immigrant community. The group’s purpose is to create a thoughtful, open dialogue among policy makers, advocates and groups whose work impacts the immigrant community while providing timely information and opportunities for cooperation. CIF’s impact is increasing its efforts to bring positive systemic change that will help the community we serve.