Free Healthcare Rights Webinar

Let’s Work Together


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) invites you to participate in a free webinar. Learn about OCR’s work to protect and promote Latino and immigrant communities individuals fundamental rights to nondiscrimination in certain healthcare and social service programs.


Monday, August 27th, 2012

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Educate and empower your constituents about Federal laws that protect them from unfair treatment or discrimination and the protection of the privacy of their health information




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Oportunidades NOLA English classes

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Migration and Health E-Newsletter August-September 2012

Health Initiative of the Americas
August-September, 2012
One out of seven people in the world is a migrant

Despite a growing focus on migration and health, there is a lack of emphasis on the intersection of these topics and the health challenges faced by migrants across the globe. This monthly newsletter aims to close that gap by keeping you informed and up-to-date on migration and health topics and events.
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The Migration and Health E-Newsletter is brought to you by the Health Initiative of the Americas (HIA) in collaboration with the Migration and Health Research Center (MAHRC).

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Upcoming Event: Binational Policy Forum
Online Course on Mental Health and Migration
Dictionary of Health Related Terms
A new opportunity for DREAMers
Report: Contested Ground: Immigration in the United States

XII Binational Health Week Inaugural Event and Binational Policy Forum on Migration and Global Health

Oaxaca, Mexico, October 1, 2012


The Forum’s aim is to convene key government, academic, and community stakeholders to encourage dialogue on the health challenges of the migrant population and explore collaborative opportunities to raise their standard of living. The program will address the following topics: Access to Health Services, Women’s Health, Adolescent Health, Occupational Health, Chronic Diseases, Infectious Diseases, and Mental Health. Attandence to the Forum is free of charge, although registration is required. For more information including registration, hotels, travel and agenda please visit

Online Course on Mental Health and Migration

November 2012 – June 2013


The University of Barcelona is offering an online postgraduate course on “Mental Health, Cultural Processes, and Psychological Interventions with Immigrants, Minorities and the Socially Excluded”. The course begins November 2012 and ends June 2013 and covers topics such as stress and migratory mourning, risk factors of migration on mental health, mental health and mental disorder in migration, intervention in the area of mental health, and research and ethics. Xochitl Castañeda, Director of the Health Initiative of the Americas, will be one of the international professors teaching this course.  For more information about the program please contact or

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English-Spanish Dictionary of Health Related Terms

4th Edition now available!


This Bilingual Dictionary of Health Related Terms (English-Spanish and Spanish-English) was developed as an instrument for health care personnel and other professionals working with the Latino population in the United States. The main purpose of the dictionary is to strengthen communication between Spanish-speaking populations and the health workers serving them, and facilitate dialogue by reducing cultural and linguistic barriers. Edited by the Health Initiative of the Americas and the California Office of Binational Border Health. To purchase copies of the dictionary click here.

A new opportunity for DREAMers


As of August 15th undocumented youth who meet a basic set of seven criteria can request a consideration for deferred action from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) which would make them immune from deportation for two years as well as granting them permission to work. Many immigrant relief groups such as the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) are now working to help these youth apply and receive the benefits of the new policy. The policy was designed by the Obama administration to help the children of illegal immigrants who have spent most of their lives in the U.S. without papers. The policy doesn’t lead to lawful citizenship, but can be potentially renewed, undoubtedly a step up from deporting residents who were raised in the U.S. and are in almost every sense American. For more information about Deferred Action visit

Contested Ground: Immigration in the United States


“Almost one-quarter of children in the United States are imigrants or have at least one immigrant parent… However much immigrants are debated or deported, the demographic future of the county will be shaped by their children”. Read the interesting findings of Michael Jones-Correa, published by the Migration Policy Institute


A video about the 7th Summer Institute on Migration and Global Health that took place in Los Angeles, California on June 2012 is now available. Check it out!

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Das Krapital: Maureen Tkacik: The Unconstitutional 40 Years War On College Students

A question for the teachers and students on [nedslist]: does the student loan crisis ever come up in class discussions?

The Unconstitutional 40 Years War On College Students
Posted 1 day 17 hours ago
Lobbyists’ trillion dollar revenge on nerds
Originally posted at Reuters

You have probably mentally catalogued the student loan crisis alongside all the other looming trillion dollar crises busy imperiling civilization for the purpose of enriching the already rich. But it is different from those crises in a few significant ways, starting with the fact that the entire student loan business is arguably unconstitutional.

You don’t have to take it from me: a preeminent bankruptcy scholar made precisely this argument under oath before Congress. In December 1975, when Congress was debating the first law that made student loans non-dischargeable in bankruptcy, University of Connecticut law professor Philip Shuchman testified that students “should not be singled out for special and discriminatory treatment,” adding that the idea gave him “the further very literal feeling that this is almost a denial of their right to equal protection of the laws.”

The thing was, discrimination was kinda the whole idea. Stagflation was sending an unprecedented number of Silent Majority members into bankruptcy, and the bank lobby was fighting back with a propaganda assault that scapegoated counterculture student delinquents who were allegedly taking loans with no goal of paying them. As Shuchman and others explained in hearings, only about 4% of people who filed for bankruptcy protection in 1975 had student loans on their balance sheets, and of those fewer than one fifth did not have substantial other debts motivating them to file.

But try telling that to anyone who’d been reading the papers! A typical syndicated dispatch on the surge in student deadbeats was the August 27, 1972 expose of Los Angeles Times reporter Linda Mathews, which began with the personal anecdote of an anonymous “Washington banker” who purported to have once “handed a $1500 check” for the year’s tuition to a nameless “18-year-old college freshman” only to be insouciantly told, “Oh, I never intend to repay this loan.” The kid was merely acting on the advice of “underground newspapers,” the anonymous banker—who had since joined “the staff of the American Banking[sic]Association”—helpfully explained.

“Elitist cheaters” and “professional deadbeats” had driven default rates “as high as 40 percent in some cases,” the Chicago Tribune fumed. “Sometimes when I see someone come out before me with a job and no other debt but a college loan—and not even a big one at that—I feel like saying, ‘Why you little stinker,’” a judge told the New York Times. A Wall Street Journal editorial on “the educational subculture” blamed the “crisis” on “an attitude of unconcern—that default really isn’t like ripping off anybody, just the large, impersonal government that wastes plenty of money on other things” that was apparently pervasive throughout the entire education profession.

But to the credit of the American legislature of the day, the majority of its members were still capable of distinguishing between PR and reality. It concluded its round of hearings in February 1976 bypostponing the vote on the non-dischargeability amendment pending a formal Government Accounting Office study on the matter, which in turn confirmed earlier findings that deliberate student deadbeats comprised a virtually infinitesimal proportion of bankruptcies. In the meantime, mainstream journalists who spent more time in reality than their trend-setting contemporaries uncovered some troubling (and real) trends while scouring bankruptcy filings. Of the small population of twentysomethings who did seek to use bankruptcy protection primarily to discharge student loans, many had been defrauded by fly-by-night “correspondence schools” that had forged the students’ signatures and saddled them with staggering loans. They hadn’t even known about them until they started getting hounded by collection agencies.

By 1977 even the American Bankers Association had joined the conference of bankruptcy judges in lobbying—formally, anyway—against the cruel and unusual punishment of making student debt non-dischargeable. As James O’Hara, the congressman who had commissioned the GAO study, pointed out in his testimony, to enact such a law would be tantamount to “treating students, all students, as though they were suspected frauds and felons” while according arbitrary second-class creditor status to “the grocery store, the tailor or the doctor to whom the same student may also owe money.” In 1978 the House of Representatives voted to pass a bankruptcy reform bill that specifically restored student loans to their original status as equivalent to any other form of unsecured debt.

But then the bill went to conference committee with the Senate, and the clause came back. Like the loans themselves, it could not be gotten rid of. At first this provision applied only during the first five years of the life of the loan; then it was seven, then eternity. Until 2005 it only applied to federally guaranteed loans; now it applies to all.

And as they became more steadily impervious to the usual laws of credit and debt, they became bigger and more profitable. In the years since the Bankruptcy Reform Act passed, the nominal price of college tuition has risen more than 900%. Over the same period the median male income—again, nominally—has risen 165%. And since the percentage of the workforce boasting a bachelor’s degree has expanded from less than 20% to nearly a third, I don’t have to convince you that the median de facto ROI on those diplomas has diminished greatly over the same years. Which brings us to the second way in which the student debt bubble differs from all the others you’ve seen. It is legally impossible to pop. By law it can only grow very fast or even faster.

The profits in this racket are downright hallucinogenic: a military veteran sharing his story with Occupy Student Debt has paid $18,000 on a $2,500 loan and Sallie Mae claims he still owes $5,000; the husband of a social worker bankrupt and bedridden after a botched surgery tells Student Loan Justice of a $13,000 college loan balance from the 1980s balloon to $70,000. A grandmother subsisting on Social Security has her payments garnished to pay off a $20,000 loan balance resulting from a $3,500 loan she took out ten years ago before she underwent brain surgery.

The human toll exacted by this immortal justice-resistant debt fills websites and Student Loan Justice founder Alan Collinge’s horrifying book Student Loan Scam: The Most Oppressive Debt In U.S. History—And How We Can Fight Back. And yet I didn’t even really know about it—not the brutality or the scope of it, anyway—until I volunteered to research “fighting back” possibilities for an Occupy Wall Street affiliated group. Neither did any of the other predatory lending buffs I polled; we’d been preoccupied by mortgages, and the government’s alarming indifference to the foreclosure epidemic.

We weren’t ultimately aware of the student loan crisis because there is no legal way of fighting back—or by extension, posing any sort of immediate threat to the solvency of the financial system. Under the current regime, the most effective means of sticking it to the proverbial man would in theory be for all students to simply pay off all their debts at once. But even if they could scrounge together a trillion dollars out of their collective couches just like that, there is little doubt in my mind that Sallie Mae and its student loan-sharking brethren would simply see it as an opportunity to levy a massive prepayment penalty. (The internet is a rich trove of surreal personal accounts of being penalized for over-paying their student loan bills.) But no one notices, because student borrowers are so utterly powerless they can borrow a trillion dollars and never pose a threat to the financial system.

Naturally, this story has its brighter side of enterprising corporate leadership generating shareholder value. The finances of Sallie Mae, the former government sponsored enterprise formally called SLM Corp. are a bit difficult to divine, but the operating profit margin is over 50%. It will surely surge higher if CEO Albert Lord executes on his current strategy of turning the $700 million “sweet spot” that is its “fee income” division into a billion dollar business. “Fee income” means collections, but student loan collectors “do things that no other industry could get away with,” a veteran debt collector named Joseph Leal told Student Loan Justice. They stalk, threaten family members, and jack up loan balances by thousands of dollars at whim, and they do it all with impunity because they are legally entitled to garnish your wages.

Fee income is not just a sweet spot for Sallie. Premiere credit, formerly the collections subsidiary of its fiercest rival Nelnet, is so flush it keeps a 3,800-gallon saltwater shark tank in its main lobby, as explained above. The margins on college loan sharking are so grotesquely fat that the government even rakes in a juicy cut: in 2010 the Department of Education reported collecting $1.22 for every dollar in defaulted student loans it had guaranteed—and that’s after the sharks and their shareholders and the obligatory outright fraud had taken their first round of cuts. Between a quarter and a third of about $850 billion worth of federally guaranteed loans are already in default, so this is real money we are talking about. Given the $23 trillion worth of other securities the federal government has pledged to guarantee over the past few years, we can only expect the default rate to surge higher.

The elephant that seems to have been missing from this particular boiler room was, improbably, Wall Street. Sallie Mae maintained dominance of the industry through various stages of quasi-privatization without ever entering the VIP Hamilton Project circuit or the Triple-A ratings club. Unlike its financial counterparts that went bust in 2008, Sallie didn’t even need a great credit rating to rake in obscene returns making zero-risk loans.

Leveraged buyout titan J.C. Flowers made a $25 billion bid to buy Sallie Mae in 2007 only to back out of the deal in the wake of a confluence of negative headlines—rating agencies threatened to downgrade the company’s debt to junk status if it went through, Sallie’s dealings with the Department of Education and the financial aid authorities at various universities was the subject of an assortment of investigations, and the SEC was sniffing around an $18.3 million stock sale Lord had made in anticipation of the takeover announcement. (Lord sued Flowers for a $900 million breakup fee for walking away from the deal, but dropped the suit as a condition of obtaining a line of credit in early 2008.)

Maybe the student loan shark scam was too fishy even for Wall Street, even in 2007, to want to get too close to the action. And if Lord has been spreading the no-risk wealth around Wall Street in the aftermath of the credit crisis it is not apparent from securitization volume, which has slowed to a trickle even as student borrowing keeps setting new records. In 2010 students borrowed $100 billion, but Student Loan Asset Backed Securities (SLABS) issuance was a meager $13.6 billion, down from a peak of $78.7 billion in 2006.

Perhaps this lack of Wall Street skin in the game is partially to credit for the fact that such reliable business lobby organs as Forbes have demonstrated refreshing equanimity to the cause of restoring students’ financial rights. The student loan shark bubble will, after all, ultimately prove far worse for business than the subprime mortgage bubble. But it also demonstrates that the shadowy ruling elite’s overwhelming contempt towards its citizenry runs deeper and dates back farther than full time chroniclers of American decline ever believed.

TCLI & Puentes New Orleans Breakfast Info Session Invitation – PLEASE RESPOND

Please see below and feel free to share with other leaders. Kindly
note its not too late to RSVP.

Hope you are well and wishing you the best,

Anna Frachou

Saludos Louisiana Latino Nonprofit & Community Leaders!

The Center for Leadership Innovation/TCLI has been working hard to
launch a Louisiana Latino Nonprofit Leadership Academy – LA LNLA for

We have been meeting with banks, foundations and corporations, to
bring the program to your vicinity.  The purpose of the 12-month
program is to nurture and support Latinos/Latinas engaged in the
nonprofit sector as they work to bring emerging and established
Latino-led and Latino-serving organizations to the next levels of
performance, excellence, impact and sustainability.  This program has
been created to support existing and emerging Latino nonprofits with
distinct learning tracts geared to the levels of development and to
the unique challenges of the participating organizations.

Another core focus area of the Academy is Racial Equity/Racial Healing
related to Access to Fair Funding and Closing the Educational
Attainment Gap.

The Louisiana Latino Nonprofit Leadership Academy is part of a series
of Latino Nonprofit Leadership Academies already underway in North
Carolina, Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, Arkansas, DC/DelMarVa and
Washington-Oregon with Texas, Iowa, New England, Long Island, and
Puerto Rico soon to follow.

The first activity of the Louisiana Latino Nonprofit Leadership
Academy will be a Racial Equity/Racial Healing Convening based on the
model we introduced to all-Academy representatives at the TCLI January
2012 Pre-Summit Convening in New Orleans.

We cordially invite you to join TCLI and Puentes New Orleans at a
Breakfast Information Session on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at the
Salvation Army (information below) to meet Irene Packer-Halsey, Senior
Vice President at TCLI, Scarlet Lanzas, Executive Director of Puentes
New Orleans and Anna Frachou, Community Organizer, who will explain
the year-long Academy in detail, funding status and answer any
questions you may have.   We will distribute packets of information
with applications relating to program components and curriculum.  We
will have refreshments for all.

Session Date:                    Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Session Time:                    9:00am to 10:30am CST

Session Location:             The Salvation Army

4526 S. Claiborne Avenue

New Orleans, LA  70125

Please contact me no later than Tuesday, August 14, 2012 if you or
someone from your organization plans to attend.  Please be sure to
provide me your and/or your colleague’s name, title and full contact
information, including e-mail address.

We hope that you will be as excited about this opportunity.  It is a
chance for the Louisiana Latino Nonprofit Leadership Network to
initiate work on cross-cutting issues of importance to all

Nonprofit Strategy Institute~Call for Applicants

Dear Partners:  This is a friendly reminder about the September 5th 2012-2013 Nonprofit Strategy Institute application deadline (which is three weeks away).   Please feel free to contact me to discuss  your interest at your convenience. Those of you who submit an applications will be notified no later than September, 12th. With regards, Amanda




Nonprofit Strategy Institute





Application Guidelines

Application Deadline:             September 5, 2012

Notification by:                      September 12, 2012

First Session:                           September 19, 2012


For more than 14 years, Tulane University has partnered with scores of New Orleans area nonprofit organizations to engage its faculty and students in community-based service and learning opportunities.  In addition, the university has provided workshops and seminars to enhance the leadership skills of nonprofit professionals.  Since 2010 the University’s Center for Public Service (CPS) has offered a Nonprofit Toolkit Series, covering such topics as budget management, fundraising and event coordination.  Last year, the Center inaugurated the first Nonprofit Strategy Institute (NSI), providing a select cohort of top nonprofit leaders with an integrated approach to “big picture” ideas affecting the direction, performance and sustainability of their organization. The acclaim for the NSI from the recent graduates of the program has led us to offer the institute again this year.


The Nonprofit Strategy Institute is designed as an eight-session sequence of topics relevant to strategic leadership of today’s nonprofit organizations. Sessions include a brief presentation introducing each topic, followed by discussions focusing on examples from the participants’ own organizations.  Each participant should commit to attend all eight sessions, completion of “homework” related to their organization (involving approximately an hour per session) and presentation of their homework for discussion within the group as a learning exercise for all.

Workshops will be led by Janet L. Johnson, Ph.D. whohas taught, conducted research, and consulted in the areas of labor markets, health policy, and the nonprofit sector.  Most recently she was on the faculty at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University, where she also served as Associate Director of the Nonprofit Studies Program (NSP).  She continues as an Associated Faculty member of the NSP following her recent move to New Orleans.   Dr. Johnson earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin.  For the last 10 years, her work has focused on the nonprofit sector, especially the topics of charitable giving, nonprofit leadership, the size, scope, and financing of nonprofit organizations, and homelessness.  She has published in leading economic and nonprofit journals, and has spoken internationally, including a series of lectures in Argentina for the U.S. State Department.



Institute Objectives:

v  Provide critical analysis skills to current and emerging nonprofit leaders

v  Strengthen management of nonprofits in our community

v  Initiate peer relationships within the nonprofit community to promote beneficial networking and collaboration within the sector

v  Establish Tulane as a partner and resource for nonprofit organizations


Participants will have the opportunity to:

v  create and deeply engage in a supportive learning community in which personal and professional experiences are honored and challenging questions are explored

v  expand leadership capacity for personal benefit and for the benefit of their organization

v  envision and strategize about how to shape the future of the nonprofit sector

v  network and collaborate in a small group setting

Topics and Schedule:

Sessions will be held at Tulane’s Center for Public Service on the Uptown Campus, from 8:30am-10:30am.  Breakfast and coffee will be served.  Parking passes will be provided.


Date Theme
September 19 Introductions:  Who are we and why are we here?
October 3 Mission:  Is it clear?
November 7 Stakeholders:  Who cares what we do and how we do it?
December 5 Peer Organizations:  Who else does what we do?
January 16 Collaborators:  When does partnering make sense?
February 6 Financing:  Are we “healthy?”
March 6 Outcome Measurement:  Do we make a difference?
April 3 Charting the Future:  Do we have/want/need sustainability?


Who Should Apply?

The Nonprofit Strategy Institute is designed for professionals working with or in a nonprofit organization who have an interest in becoming a stronger leader in the sector.


How Will Participants be Selected?  

Up to 15 participants will be selected, with the intention of creating a diverse group that includes multiple perspectives and experiences. Applications will be considered as they are received, and enrollment is limited, so applicants are encouraged to apply early. The following criteria will be used to evaluate applications:


v  Managerial position within a nonprofit (individual is able to influence the direction and priorities of the organization)

v  Experience in the nonprofit sector (3 years or more of employment is preferred)

v  Commitment and level of responsibility for advancing nonprofit work

v  Congruence between institute and participant goals

v  Commitment to personal and professional growth and development

v  Desire to deeply engage in an inclusive learning community with like-minded peers

What is the Cost?



Registration Fees


CPS Community Partner


Non CPS Community Partner


Early Bird:  September 14 $100 $600
Final Deadline:  September 19 $150 $700


Payment will help defray the cost of Institute expenses and reflects the applicant’s and applicant organization’s commitment to participating in the Institute. To become a CPS Community Partner visit:


How Do I Apply?

Your application consists of three parts.

  1. A completed application cover sheet (below)
  2. Responses to the following 3 questions:

v  What motivates you to participate in the Nonprofit Strategy Workshop?

v  Describe a persistent challenge you have encountered that you would like to explore with others in the workshop.

v  What ideas do you have on how you will share what you learn from the workshops with others?


  1. A letter of recommendation and commitment from your Executive Director or Board President (in a pdf file, on your organization’s letterhead, scanned with an original or electronic signature), which addresses the following;

v  Endorsement of your participation at the institute, and the reasons why

v  Commitment of financial payment of registration fees, if application is accepted

v  Support of time availability to attend the institute sessions and to complete assignments


Applications should be sent via email to Tulane’s Center for Public Service at  no later than 5pm on the dates stated above. Please submit all materials in one email and use ― “Nonprofit Strategy Institute Application– [ your last name]” as the subject.



For More Information

For more information about the Nonprofit Strategy Institute, please contact Amanda Buberger, Assistant Director for Campus-Community Partnership, by email at or by phone at (504) 862-8058.


Amanda Buberger

Assistant Director, Campus-Community Partnerships

Tulane University’ s Center for Public Service

201D Alcee Fortier

6823 St. Charles Avenue

New Orleans, LA 70118-5665

o: (504) 862-8058

f: (504) 862-8061

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