The YWCA’s Tribute to Women of Influence (TWIN) event honors women who have made significant contributions to their fields, and recognizes those organizations that support such achievements. 2012 marks the 21th anniversary of TWIN. Leading up to this year’s September 20th event at Pack Place & Diana Wortham Theatre, we will highlight each of our 20 incredible TWIN Honorees. If you would like more information about the TWIN event, or to reserve a ticket, please visit www.ywcaofasheville.org.
Yolanda is leader in the efforts to protect immigrant rights in Western North Carolina. She founded Pisgah Legal Services “Justice for All Project,” which provides civil legal aid to low-income, usually non-English speaking immigrants and undocumented persons and families. Yolanda works with victims of domestic violence, parents who fear being separated from their children because of detention or deportation, and people who have been jailed because of their immigration status. Her work with battered immigrant women often has a dramatic, life-changing impact on their lives. And she helps with other basic needs such as housing, health care and income.
Yolanda has helped more than 220 people from 17 counties secure legal status and work authorization so they can move out of poverty. She is known far and wide in WNC as a resource for immigrants and receives call and visits from across the region. In 2011, Yolanda became one of less than ten immigrant advocates nationwide to earn partial accreditation.