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Travis Silva

2014, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Travis Silva

Travis Silva

City, State: San Francisco, California
Issue area: Education/Special Education, Immigrant Populations
Sponsors: Anonymous

The Project

Travis advocated for immigrant children in underserved parts of Silicon Valley to ensure their full and equal access to public education while challenging systemic barriers to educational equity in the region.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
Children from an immigrant background struggle to access public
education in the Golden State. California’s broken, one-size-fits-all English “immersion” program
leaves behind far too many students who, despite starting school in the U.S., still lack the
English proficiency needed for high school graduation. In many school districts, immigrant youth
are suspended and expelled at higher rates than their U.S.-born peers. Some school districts fail
to provide the translation, interpretation, and parent education services that immigrant parents
need to meaningfully participate in their children’s education. This project addressed these
areas by providing direct services and
advocacy aligned to these legal needs.