Who We Are
Sin Barreras is a small local Non Governmental Organization offering services to the immigrant, mostly Hispanic community. Founded in 2012 by five Charlottesville residents concerned that immigrants were not availing of social services because of language obstacles, and there was no organization adequately addressing other Hispanic immigrant issues, it was awarded its 501(c)(3) status in July, 2014. After three years run completely by volunteers, in 2016 it won a grant to begin paying its first part-time office person, now in 2019 up to one full-time and three part-time staff. It consists of a five-member Board, four staff, two long-term volunteers, and two-dozen short-term volunteers.
As members of the Central Virginia community who directly or indirectly know the challenges faced by immigrants in the United States, our mission is to work for a more just community that includes and seeks to meet the needs of all its members. We know there are unmet needs for services and assistance to help individuals and families who have arrived to our community and country. We help them obtain educational, legal, advocacy, health, and other services. We help ease the stress and anxiety experienced by members of our immigrant communities and to assist them integrate to fuller participation U.S. society.
What We Do
We have four areas of high activity. Three of them represent the bulk of our activity and address daily critical Hispanic immigrant needs while providing a local response to the anti-immigrant Executive Orders of Jan. 2017, the cancellations of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA), threats to Temporary Protective Status (TPS holders), and at-high-risk DREAMers. They are:
- Workshops on themes of high interest to the immigrant community: in 2018 15 events for 1,200 attendees;
- Individual client services in legal and immigration, 538 clients in 2018; and
- Advocacy on Latino issues, working with nearly a dozen organizations such as the Charlottesville City Council and Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, local Law Enforcement, the Legal Aid Justice Center, and a dozen other other colleague organizations.
- We also host an annual music and dance festival called Cville Sabroso, the area’s only Hispanic music and dance festival that reaches the wider Charlottesville community, with 2,400 attendees in 2018.