2021 Virginia Legislative

In the 2021 legislative session, CASA will advocate for immigrant and working class families in Virginia. CASA’s members have mobilized and organized to participate in passing several critical bills. This session includes pushing for an evictions moratorium and rent relief efforts, identification for all and data privacy. More would include: expanding affordable housing options and improved housing practices,  paid sick leave for all workers,  and promoting environmental justice.

Immigrant families and working-class families in Virginia have been disproportionately hit by the pandemic and worse yet are denied federal relief, making this time one of the most challenging. Together, however, CASA members fight for emergency COVID-19 relief for essential workers and renters in the 2021 legislative session.

Top Policy Priorities

Rent Relief

Limit Agency Data Sharing

Identification for All

Other Policy Priorities

End Private Detention

Prohibit new and renewed contracts for privatized incarceration facilities and abolish existing contracts. 

Law Enforcement Accountability and Transparency

Improve law enforcement data collection and reporting practices, especially as it relates to cases of excessive force, injury to civilians, discharged firearms, and fatalities.

Affordable Housing

Prohibit discriminatory housing practices and expand affordable housing options, including workforce housing.

Environmental Justice and Protections

Improve transportation services, assist in the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, and increase communities’ environmental quality (air, water, noise, etc.).

Improving Democracy

Advocate for improved redistricting practices that would include an increase in community participation and transparency, and online voting process using new technological approaches.

Free In-state Tuition

Advocate for legislation that would provide free in-state tuition and other financial aid assistance to public institutions for all VA students regardless of migratory status.