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New U.S. citizens in Miami celebrate

In November, just a week after the U.S. presidential election in which immigration issues played a prominent role, over 200 Miami-area residents gathered together to celebrate their new status as U.S. citizens.

Each student took the stage to shake the hand of their teacher, Paul-Andre Mondesir, AFSC’s Haitian community social advocate, who guided them through the complex path to becoming a citizen in the twice-weekly class he teaches in a tiny strip mall storefront.

Big Smiles Warm AFSC

“High fashion” is not a common sight in the Des Moines office of AFSC. On a recent afternoon, however, Eugene Kiruhura walked into our lobby sporting a smile as sparkling as his snappy attire.

Immigration and Intolerance: A conversation with New Garden's Upper School

Hawo at NGFS

Students shared opinions on immigration after small group discussions.

High school is often a time of judgment and isolation. At New Garden Friends School, where the students are encouraged to accept their differences and create a loving community, discrimination can sometimes feel like a distant notion. 

Love Your Neighbor Rally

Saturday, September 24, 2011 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

In response to recent incidents of racist graffiti targeting the families of African refugees, the AFSC, New American Africans, the Concord Unitariarian Universalist Church, and others will hold a "Love Your Neighbor" gathering to show support for the families and for all the immigrants and refugees who have made their homes in Concord.  Cast out fear and hatred!  Come share the love!  Meet in the park at the corner of West and St. State Streets.   Wear bright, bold yellow.  

Bringing Communities Together in Greensboro, NC

Annah Awartani

Annah Awartani

Annah Awartani, owner of Zaytoon Restaurant, hospitality greeted a gracious crowd, hungry for food and personal connection.

Last Tuesday, the Greensboro community gathered for a screening of “Hawo’s Dinner Party.” This 30-minute adaptation of documentary Welcome to Shelbyville revolves around religious and cultural tensions in a small town in Tennessee, and the beginnings of change brought on by personal interactions shared over a meal.

"Know your rights" booklet

Learn about the legal rights of immigrants and what you can do to protect those rights.

A Ball + A Game = Unity!

On July 2, bright yellow and crisp white T-shirts marked two teams vying for a win on the soccer field.  For the second year, AFSC’s Dayton (Ohio) Refugee Justice Program sponsored a tournament for young refugees from Africa.  Their home countries include Burundi, Rwanda, Sudan, Eritrea,  the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Ghana.  More than 60 participants appreciated the opportunity to play their favorite sport and to share their experiences in the greater Dayton area. 

Iowa Intern Listens to Immigrants

Mara Davidson, an AFSC Iowa intern in the Spring of 2011, describes her experience listening to immigrants and refugees who come to AFSC for immigration legal services provided by Jody Mashek.

In this interview with Jon Krieg, Mara talks about the relevance of social media and the power of hearing immigrants tell their story firsthand.

A double major in advertising and writing, Mara will begin her junior year this fall at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

Community Meeting for Immigrants and Allies

Saturday, June 25, 2011 - 2:00pm

YOU ARE INVITED to an urgent community meeting for families of immigrants and their allies.

Guest speakers: Rep. Luis Gutierrez (IL) and Rep. Jared Polis (CO)

Co-sponsored by several groups, including Coloradoans for Immigrant Rights, a project of AFSC Colorado.


For more information contact: (303) 922-3344

In-State Tuition Lobby Day RI

Thursday, May 19, 2011 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Support immigrant students who have graduated from a RI high school, been in the state for at least 3 years, who meet admission requirements  who ask to go to state colleges at in-state tuition rates.  If you are planning to join the lobby day, please contact Michelle DePlante, or Marta Martinez at

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