Immigrants with disabilities are under threat


Michelle Garcia

Manager of Organizing and Community Development

(312) 640-2194

Immigration-related issues are in the political spotlight across the country, and Access Living’s community organizing group Cambiando Vidas (CV) has now evolved to include immigrants of all kinds as well as Latinx folks with disabilities. The impact new immigration policies have on people with disabilities is an emerging issue that we are monitoring closely.

The Disability and Immigration Taskforce of Illinois

Woman speaks at a podium alongside a woman in a wheelchair.
Access Living Community Organizer Michelle Garcia (right) joins immigration groups at the state capital to speak about the challenges facing immigrants with disabilities.

In September of 2019, Access Living and the National Immigrant Justice Center hosted a Disability and Immigration Summit. The summit committed to advancing systemic and service solutions to protect and expand the human rights of immigrants with disabilities and their families. Attendees agreed upon a commitment of support, developed an action plan, and established the Disability and Immigration Taskforce of Illinois (DITI). In the coming months, reports and toolkits for disability and immigration will be developed and published for public use.

The summit was made possible through the support of the Ford Foundation.