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Christian Ramirez on border violence

AFSC staff quoted in USA Today:

Christian Ramirez of American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker organization that tracks border violence, said the blame lies on both sides of the border. Ramirez said smuggling cartels trying to push their goods into the U.S. are clashing with an ever-expanding collection of law enforcement officers on the U.S. side, leaving illegal immigrants simply looking for work caught in the crossfire.

New Jersey staff comment on proposed detention facility

AFSC staff quote:

We feel there are other methods that can be used, are effective and don't restrict a person's liberty for a civil immigration violation," said Amy Gottlieb of the American Friends Service Committee. "We much prefer that ICE employ community-based alternatives to detention."

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Human Rights Advocates Say NO to Massive Immigration Detention Center in Northeast

Human Rights Advocates Say No to Massive Immigration Detention Center

Proposed Northeast Detention Center Violates Human Rights of Immigrants

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                            

 Contact: Amy Gottlieb 917-494-6415

DailyRecord (NJ).com: Morris County NJ residents walking to demand changes in immigration tuition charges

MORRISTOWN -- About 20 Morris County residents are walking eight miles from Headquarters Plaza to the County College of Morris in Randolph today, demanding the school change its admission policy to enroll young people living in Morris County and require they pay only in-county tuition regardless of their immigration status.

AFSC is a co-sponsor of the walk.

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Daily Record

AFSC Heads Home for the Holidays

By Kathleen McQuillen, Iowa Program Coordinator

Home for the holidays. We hear that sentiment echo among others across radio stations and shopping malls. While commercialism threatens to rob the holidays of their truer spirit, there still lives within all of us the simple joy found in being with friends and family in a safe, warm, and peaceful place—Home.

International Human And Immigrant Rights Days Sparks National Action

PHILADELPHIA  (December 9, 2010) – The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker peace and social justice organization, is hosting nine days of action beginning on International Human Rights Day, December 10, and concluding on International Migrants Day, December  18. Through this coast-to-coast effort, AFSC is calling on Congress and the Obama administration to halt policies that separate families and militarizes communities.

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Press Release

The InHuman Rights Awards

Friday, December 10, 2010 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Joint honorees Joe Arpaio, sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona; Jan Brewer, Governor of Arizona; the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency; and President Porfirio Lobo of Honduras in this special awards event. They will receive “awards” for standing out among their peers for their flagrant violation of Human Rights both in the United States and at an international level.

Sponsor(s): Centro Presente, and AFSC New England’s Project Voice.

Showing of "Papers" Documentary about Undocumented Youth

Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 3:00pm

As part of the JustFaith immigration immersion, Trinity will be hosting a showing of Papers, a lengthy documentary about undocumented students and the wall they come up against in attempting to further their education on graduation from high school.  It highlights several students whose situations are quite different.

The Complete Home for the Holidays Survival Handbook

What to do when immigration comes up over family dinner?

Developed by Coloradoans for Immigrant Rights, an AFSC project, this handbook offers practical advice for how to talk about immigration with family, friends and others.

For more information, contact Jordan Garcia, AFSC Colorado Immigrant Ally Organizing Director, at

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