April 27, 2020 12-1pm - 1.0 WSBA ethics credits approved - Activity No. 1137575
Panel addressing cultural sensitivity and competence when working with Queer Latinos, especially those who are transgender and Indigenous. Topics will include ethics around immigration status, gender and sexuality assumptions differing across United States, Latin American, and Indigenous cultures.
Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network
Western Washington Network Coordinator
Monserrat Padilla has been organizing LGBTQ, immigrant and communities of color on the ground for over 10 years to build collective movement power. She was a co-founder of the Washington Dream Coalition and has led national & statewide campaigns, including the victory on the Washington State Dream Act to expand eligibility for state aid in higher education.
Monserrat worked as a the National Program Coordinator for the Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project, a program of United We Dream, where she worked across the country building a national network of LGBTQ immigrant community leaders, advocates and organizers to develop policies and advocate addressing the needs of LGBTQ immigrant communities.
Monserrat was born in Tonalá, Jalisco, Mexico. At the age of 2 she migrated to the U.S. with her mother and two older siblings. She grew up in East Los Angeles, CA where she became part of the 11 million undocumented families living in the U.S. At the age of 15 she moved to Seattle, Washington, graduating from Chief Sealth International High School in 2010 and attending the University of Washington in Seattle.
Bilingual Trans Peer Navigator
Silah is from México, proudly descendant of the Yaqui people. She has an MS in Psychology. She has worked for more than 20 years with public health programs, especially with gangs and addiction victims. Silah began her Gender Transition since 2012 and has become a passionate activist for the Rights of the Transgender community and the LGBTQ+ community as a whole.