Racial Justice & Immigrant Outreach Program
YWCA Rock County is a part of the national movement of over 200 YWCA’s working to eliminate racism. Our commitment, like our national organization, runs deep. While the YWCA has been working in Rock County since 1922, addressing issues facing women, our mission has been refined to focus on the challenges of racism and civil rights.
Stand Against Racism is a signature campaign of YWCA USA to build community among those who work for racial justice and to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our communities. The YWCA Rock County is proud to hold three Stand Against Racism events in the community. In 2018, proclamations were received from all the cities, villages, and towns in the county, as well as the Rock County Board of Supervisors, declaring April 26th, 2018 as Stand Against Racism Day.
Join us on Thursday, April 25th 2019 for Stand Against Racism.
Courageous Conversations are monthly discussions on race and current events sponsored by Community Action Inc., the Diversity Action Team of Rock County, and the YWCA Rock County.
4th Monday of each Month
Merrill Community Center: 1428 Wisconsin Avenue, Beloit
vary each month
The YWCA Rock County presents the Racial Justice Award annually at the MLK Commemoration event in January.
The Racial Justice Award recognizes an individual that actively strives for eliminating racism and promoting racial equality. Recipients have a strong commitment to peace and race relations, participate in specific peacemaking or anti-racism activism, demonstrate leadership and service to others.
Racial Justice Award Winners
Jeanne Carfora & Albert “Fritz” Elsen
Billy Bob Grahn & Dr. Karen Schulte
POlice Chief david moore
Racial Justice Conference
The YWCA Rock County has hosted four annual Racial Justice Conferences. This day long conference brings racial justice awareness and dialogue to our community, featuring speakers and breakout sessions.
Save the Date!
Thursday, November 7th, 2019: 5th Annual Racial Justice Conference at the Holiday Inn Express/Janesville Convention Center
Check out the 2018 Conference Agenda:
Dorothy Height Award
The YWCA Rock County presents the Dorothy Height Diversity in the Workplace Award annually at the Racial Justice Conference. This award recognizes a business within Rock County that has demonstrated a sustained commitment in the pursuit of cultural diversity, inclusion and retention in the workplace.
2018 Dorothy Height Award Winner: Agrace Hospice Care
Dorothy Height Diversity in the Workplace Award Winners
2015: Community Action Inc.
2016: School District of Beloit
2017: Blackhawk Bank
2018: Agrace Hospice Care
Immigrant Outreach Program
The YWCA’s Immigrant Outreach Program serves immigrant victims of domestic violence and human trafficking by sharing information about the cycle and dynamics of violence, encouraging victims to know and exercise their legal rights, and providing referrals to legal and social services. Our services include, but are not limited to, legal advocacy, employment issues, citizenship, access to information and referrals, assistance with benefits and social services, and community education.
El Programa de Servicios de Inmigración y Violencia domestica del YWCA sirve a las víctimas inmigrantes de violencia doméstica y trata de personas al compartir información sobre el ciclo y la dinámica de la violencia, alentar a las víctimas a conocer y ejercer sus derechos legales, y proporcionar referencias a servicios legales y sociales. Nuestros servicios incluyen, pero no se limitan a, defensa legal, acceso a información y referencias, asistencia con beneficios, servicios sociales, educación comunitaria y traducción o interpretación de documentos.
|La violencia doméstica los servicios de recuperación||Servicios de Apoyo y defensa de Inmigración|
|• Ordenes de restricción
• Grupos de apoyo
• Acceso a refugio de emergencia
• Acceso a la clínica legal gratuita con abogados expertos en casos familiares
• Plan de Emergencia
• Ayuda completando formas legales
|• Acceso a la clínica legal gratuita con abogados expertos en inmigración
• Traducción e interpretación de documentos
• Asistencia completando formas legales como DACA y Visa-U
• Clases de ciudadanía
• Clases de ingles
|Domestic Violence Recovery Services|| Immigration Advocacy & Support
|• Restraining orders
• Access to emergency shelter
• Access to free legal clinic with expert lawyers in family cases
• Help completing legal forms
|• Access to free legal clinic with immigration lawyers
• Translation and interpretation of documents
• Assistance completing legal forms such as DACA and Visa-U
• Citizenship classes