We recently had a defining election in our country.  In light of the election results, our mission at Virginia Garcia is even more important. We aim to provide high quality, comprehensive, and culturally appropriate primary health care to the communities of Washington and Yamhill counties with a special emphasis on migrant and seasonal farmworkers and others with barriers to receiving care.  Virginia Garcia, like other community health centers across the country, needs to continue being a place of healing and hope for vulnerable people. 

Unfortunately immigrants were negatively portrayed in this election, making it even more important for Virginia Garcia to be a welcoming place for our immigrant community to seek the health and support they need.  I can’t help but think that this election has been a bit of a “set back” for us in community health, but I’m reassured by words of Martin Luther King Jr. who said: “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it tends towards justice.”

We also believe our clinics should be a place of safety. As a result, we have drafted a Resolution stating just that. It was reviewed and approved unanimously by our Health Center Board of Directors on December 21. We are encouraging cities in the Portland-Metro area to declare themselves Sanctuary Cities and we encourage all organizations that support equal rights for all to create their own resolution.

We created this webpage as a community resource – if you think we ought to include other resources please send a note to our Policy and Advocacy Officer.


Gil Muñoz
Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center


It is important that everyone have a firm understanding of their rights. Below are articles and links to information and resources that will help you stay up-to-date on current events and activities.

Know Your Rights

How to Be Prepared for an Immigration Raid | Versión en español   For more resources, visit our Health Care Matters page. Given increased enforcement activity in recent months by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), it [...]

Conozca Sus Derechos

Como prepararse para una redada de inmigración  | English version Para más recursos, visite nuestra página Health Care Matters. Dado el aumento de operativos de inmigración en los últimos meses a cargo de la [...]


DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS (DACA) Para leer esta página en Español, favor de hacer clic aquí. DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is still valid. It's difficult to predict how and when [...]


  • Causa Oregon offers Know Your Rights trainings. Check their website for more information and to sign up.
  • NACHC (National Assosciation of Community Health Centers)has a website set up to help you get involved.
  • Causa created the Oregon Immigration Resource website for questions concerning immigrants in Oregon.
  • One Oregon is a statewide coalition that defends against anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim policies and ballot measures and works to ensure that all Oregonians, regardless of country of birth, are treated with dignity and respect


  • Lutheran Community Services Northwest
    • Asylum, Unaccompanied Minor, Cancellation
    • Languages: English & Español
    • 605 SE Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., Portland, OR 97214
    • Tel: (503) 731-9539
    • Fax: (503 233-0667


The Latino Network provides information for the members of the community.

The National Immigration Law Center provides important information on immigration rights and is dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants.

The ILRC (Immigrant Legal Resource Center) offers free “red cards” (know your rights cards), that can be ordered from the email provided on their website.  Here is the direct link to ordering the cards:

They also offer a sample “preparedness plan” worksheet.  It discusses a plan for minor children, and the right to request a hearing before an immigration judge if detained.   Here is the direct link:

The ACLU website also provides comprehensive “know your rights” material.  Pages 1, 7,8, and 9, are the most relevant.

Check out this article:  It summarizes the 129 years of constitutional protections for undocumented immigrants.


Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center (VGMHC) is a private, nonprofit organization recognized as exempt from Federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. VGMHC’s mission is to provide high quality, comprehensive, and culturally appropriate primary health care to the communities of Washington and Yamhill Counties with a special emphasis on migrant and seasonal farmworkers and others with barriers to receiving health care.

VGMHC may take positions on or advocate with regard to public policy issues pertinent to its mission, consistent with the requirements of applicable Federal and Oregon law. However, VGMHC conducts all of its activities in an entirely nonpartisan manner. VGMHC may acknowledge the elected officials who support us, but we do not endorse, support, or oppose candidates for public office, nor do we intervene in any election on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate or political party.

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