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This past Tuesday marked a significant milestone as the TPS for Ecuador event unfolded at the Utah State Capitol, radiating success and celebration throughout. Immigrant voices resonated passionately, shedding light on their stories and emphasizing the indispensable contributions of immigrants to Utah's economy and the broader nation.


Five individuals, including a prospective TPS holder, bravely shared their immigrant journeys, inspiring a call to action. Moe Hickey, CEO of Voices for Utah Children, and Ryan Starks, Executive Director of the Governor's Office of Economic Opportunity, echoed their support for TPS and underscored the urgency for permanent solutions for the undocumented community.

Following the event, productive discussions ensued with Representative Romero and Senator Escamilla, both of whom expressed strong support for TPS for Ecuador.


Media coverage was robust, with outlets such as ABC 4, Telemundo Utah, KUER, and KSL extending their reach across television, print, and radio platforms. The support extended beyond traditional channels, with local influencers from Panas de Utah, Utah Fun Activities, Jhonatan Olivares, Rostros Utah, Utah Latina, and El Curioso Podcast amplifying our message to a combined audience of over 300,000.


Reflecting on our journey, it is evident that empowering community leaders is paramount in effecting change. By providing platforms and resources, we witnessed grassroots mobilization, exemplified by the distribution of petitions through WhatsApp groups and strategic poster placements in local businesses. To date, we have garnered an impressive 745 signatures, a testament to the power of collective action.

Amidst the challenges, several strategies emerged as successful:

  1. Integration of influencers into our communications strategy, expanding our reach and engagement.
  2. Issuance of a comprehensive recap to media outlets unable to attend, ensuring broad dissemination of key messages.
  3. Provision of training sessions to community leaders, employing the "MomsRising layer cake" approach to align efforts with the overarching vision.

As we continue our advocacy journey, we invite you to join us in amplifying our message. Retweet our petition in English and Spanish, and stand in solidarity with immigrant communities striving for a brighter future.

Together, we can transform advocacy into action, forging a path towards justice and inclusivity for all.

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