Betty Barriga, Chair


The Immigration Justice Committee (IJC) seeks to raise public awareness within Charlotte County regarding the current immigration crisis. The group seeks to promote immigration compassion and justice by disseminating facts, holding public forums, and forging alliances with other interested organizations.


Past Activities

On April 10, 2018, the IJC joined the Hispanic American Citizens Council and co-sponsored an Immigration Forum.   Guest speakers from the Hispanic, Haitian, and Business community as well as a legal expert shared information on the current  immigration crisis and detailed the harsh impact that this crisis has on Southwest Florida. On May 16, 2018,  the IJC held a Postcard Gathering. Attendees wrote Postcards to elected officials expressing concern over the impending changes in DACA ( the Dreamers Act) and TPS (Temporary Protective Status) and the negative impact these changes will have not only on immigrant families but on local business as well.
On June 20, 2018, IJC sponsored another Postcard Gathering where more than 35 people (many new to the UUFCC) attended. Two hundred and seventy postcards were written and mailed that day mainly protesting the policy of separating children from their parents.

On July 18, 2018,  the Immigration Justice Committee joined the Racial Justice Committee to present a “Meet and Greet” of the Charlotte County School Board candidates. This was the beginning of monitoring the Charlotte County School District to insure that a fair and compassionate view of immigrants as well as targeted minorities is presented in our schools.

Future Plans

  ● On September 19, 2018, the Immigration Justice Committee and the Social Justice Committee will co-host a Postcard and letter writing campaign urging Wendy’s to join the Fair Food Program (to secure basic worker protection)

  ● In November 2018, IJC will be working with the Hispanic American Citizens  Council to present a film series at the local library on immigration and migrant labor

  ● The IJC is planning a monthly immigration clinic to disseminate information. Currently, Committee members are receiving training from a well known immigration expert.

  ● Plans to gather “Immigration Monologues” are underway and once collected, will be performed publicly.

Fund Raising

The Immigration Justice Committee continues to raise money and is presently selling yard signs ($20/each) that read “We welcome you as our Neighbor.”