Training for 'Rapid Response' to Support Immigrants

East End residents who want to help support immigrants have been invited to take a class next week in Bridgehampton that will enable them to, among other things, accompany people to court on minor infractions. 

Organizacion Latino-Americana of Eastern Long Island is partnering with L.I. Jobs With Justice, a coalition of labor unions, community organizations, congregations and faith-based organizations, and students that works to protect the rights of working people, to host a free "rapid responder" training course. It will be held on April 14 at the Bridgehampton Community House from 6 to 8 p.m.

"Rapid response could mean accompanying someone to local court for a minor infraction or linking them from the East End to Federal Plaza in N.Y.C.," said Minerva Perez, the executive director of OLA.  "It could mean documenting situations for further insight or joining with other volunteers at times that prove critical to have many volunteers in one place."

"OLA has been connecting fellow community members who feel ready to stand with those who need them," said Itzel Nava, a development and outreach associate at OLA. "We are looking to L.I. Jobs With Justice to broaden the training, which will increase the number of trained and prepared volunteers ready to go into rapid response."  

Those interested can register at Eventbrite: OLA and L.I.J.W.J. Volunteers need not be fluent in Spanish.