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Jewish Latino Advocacy: Advancing Our Common Interests

AJCs Jewish Latino Alliance

Sunday, October 15, 2017 from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM (CDT)

Jewish Latino Advocacy: Advancing Our Common Interests

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The Jewish Latino Alliance (JLA) of AJC Dallas invite you to a leadership seminar to provide insight on political advocacy and issues that affect the Jewish and Latino community locally, nationally, and globally.  

The program will take place in three segments.  Participants will have an opportunity to network, followed by a panel discussion on trending topics of concern within the Jewish and Latino Communities.  Finally, AJCs Director of Political Outreach will lead advocacy training, providing takeaways that will enhance participant’s ability to bring about real change on important issues of the day.

Event Speakers Include:


 Alfredo Carbajal, Al Dia

Alfredo Carbajal is managing editor of Al Día at The Dallas Morning News, where he practices journalism for digital and print platforms in English and Spanish. He is a member of the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) Executive Committee, where he leads the Emerging Leaders Institute and in 2017 he’ll become the president of the organization. Previously he worked at the Riverside (Calif.) Press-Enterprise as editor at La Prensa and has reported and edited news projects in both the U.S. and Mexico. Carbajal is a recipient of the 2014 Texas-APME Jack Douglas award. He has a journalism degree from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP,) and was a 2009 fellow at the “Punch” Sulzberger Executive News Media Program at Columbia University.


 Martin Valko, Chalvez & Valko LLP

*   Honorary Consul of the Slovak Republic to Texas
** Legal Advisor to the Mexican Consulate General in Dallas and the Embassy of Slovak Republic in the United States

An immigrant to this country, Mr. Valko is uniquely positioned to assist other foreign nationals as he has been through the entire immigration process himself. He has been a high school exchange student (J-1), college student (F-1) and a specialty occupation worker (H-1B). He also experienced the infamous wait for visas at US consulates abroad so he understands the importance of zealous representation. Martin has been representing and providing immigration counsel to all types of clients from around the World – they are spouses, fiancé(e)s, parents and children of US citizens or lawful permanent residents.


 Melanie Rubin, Chair,  Jewish Community Relations Council

Melanie Rubin is a policy consultant in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.  She currently serves as the Director of the Dallas Child Care Alliance and the Comprehensive System Plan Consultant for the Dallas County Texas Home Visiting Project.  Melanie has worked with ChildCareGroup as Director of Marketing, Director of Public Affairs and now as a consultant.  She was successful in devising a method to draw down previously unused federal dollars to Texas and has been instrumental in working to improve statewide child care policy.  Additionally, Melanie was Project and Coalition Director for the Building Better Beginnings project for the Texas Association for Mental Health and Interim Executive Director of Texans Care for Children.  Melanie has actively participated in the last ten state legislative sessions, developing legislative agendas, identifying funding sources, building coalitions and facilitating the passage of legislation.  Prior to her public affairs work, Melanie worked with Andersen Consulting in Change Management in Dallas and Houston.



  Julie Fishman Rayman, AJC

Before coming to AJC in January 2012, Julie Fishman Rayman, Director of Political Outreach, was senior advisor to Congressman Heath Shuler, covering foreign policy, human rights, defense and homeland security. In addition to a variety of senior political liaison responsibilities for AJC, Rayman is the lead legislative advocate of the organization’s foreign policy priorities. Prior to working on the Hill, she was director of college initiatives at BBYO and Hillel director for Georgetown University. Rayman holds a master’s degree from the National Defense University in Strategic Security Studies, with a concentration in counterterrorism. 


 * This event is Co-chaired by Debra Liva, Sophia Stoller and Claudia Torrescano 



Have questions about Jewish Latino Advocacy: Advancing Our Common Interests? Contact AJCs Jewish Latino Alliance

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Jackson Walker LLP
2323 Ross Avenue
6th floor-- Fed Conference Room
Dallas, TX 75201

Sunday, October 15, 2017 from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM (CDT)

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AJCs Jewish Latino Alliance

AJC builds and sustains relationships with leaders in the Latino community— and with other ethnic and national groups—to further mutual understanding and respect and to ensure the security and well-being of all groups. Also, AJC promotes a fair and just immigration policy consistent with our position that a strong America is vital for global freedom and security.

Through the Jewish-Latino Alliance, AJC Dallas gathers Jewish and Latino leaders to discuss their shared priorities of immigration reform, education, combating bigotry or anti-Semitism and the transmission of their respective cultures. Jews and Latinos work to strengthen one another—Latinos have a large population they can encourage to support Jewish interests, and Jews have deep experience in this country that they can use to help Latinos.

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