COMMUNITY & IMMIGRANT EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM
WCLO, sponsored in part by L.A. Care Health Plan- , runs this program with the end goal of reducing crime and improving the quality of community and law enforcement relationships and interactions, especially amongst the undocumented community. In order to do so, WCLO holds monthly meetings with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA), the Los Angeles Sherriff’s Department and Watts residents to discuss individual cases of victimization and discrimination experienced by the community; organizes a customized Citizen Police Academy program which offers a safe space for residents and law enforcement officials to better understand one another in their respective roles; holds events with residents and law enforcement officers (out of uniform) to promote trust, familiarity and understanding; mediation services and alternative resolution plans to avoid retaliation or further escalations in violence; and a series of “Know Your Rights” workshops in order to empower the community to feel safe reporting crime and instances of victimization. Among these activities WCLO has identified a group of community leaders to work as information hubs in their communities. When an issue arises, these leaders have the right training and information to provide the involved parties with the proper resources and document the incident if necessary for follow up.
Watts/ Century Latino Organization & Community Lawyers, Inc.
Immigration Rights & Update Workshop
June 26th, 2018
Volunteer Attorney at Law, Salvador Sanchez, provided a FREE workshop to Watts Community Residents on behalf of Community Lawyers, Inc.
He came to educate our immigrant community on the recent changes in DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), Alysum seekers, and much more.
This workshop was followed up by short sessions to discuss confidential questions about individual cases in a closed office. Mr. Sanchez was also able to set up appointments for those who were unable to stay for confidential questions.