Raul’s story began in Adrian, Michigan picking tomatoes. Raul came to the United States in 1985, seeking what he thinks everyone else was hoping to find: opportunity. He came with the hope of finding a better life, not only for himself but also for his family.
AFSC Colorado has recently been involved in several presentations and interactive workshops on immigration at Regis University in Denver. Gabriela Flora, AFSC Project Voice Regional Organizer, was on a panel with our newest AFSC Colorado Area Program Committee member, Tania Valenzuela, one of two undocumented Regis students who shared their stories and challenged the university, students and community at large to become more involved.
Here is the link to the article on the panel that was on the front page of Regis’ weekly newspaper:
[From Wendy Vasquez} This movie has really impressed everyone who has seen it. We have showed it twice at Trinity UMC. This is the movie that documents what happened to a Virginia community that adopted a restrictive anti-immigrant law similar to the one proposed this session in Iowa.
Rev. Liana Rowe’s involvement in Arizona’s immigration controversy began when members of the state’s religious community heard reports about corpses of immigrants being found in the desert near the Mexican border. Soon she was drawn into debates over racial profiling by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department, measures that turned immigrants into criminals under Arizona law, and the range of issues involving law enforcement, employment, and services for the thousands of people who cross the Mexico-US border each year without authorization.
Jennifer Piper of AFSC addresses a press conference.
Part of a series of INTERACTIVE DIALOGUES ON IMMIGRATION FOR PEOPLE OF FAITH
With Jennifer Piper, Program Director for Interfaith Organizing,Immigrant Rights Program, AFSC Colorado Area Office
Dialogue allows people to bring fundamentally different assumptions to the table, and helps to create an atmosphere in which a group uses the richness of each person’s view to reach a place of new understanding.
Now that I have been in the AFSC Newark office for over two months, I have started to get a routine and have a better understanding of how the office is run. I have also been able to participate in a number of diverse life-changing experiences including interviewing detainees at the Elizabeth Detention Center, going to immigration court for different types of hearings and attending advocacy meetings. All of these experiences have helped me gain a greater understanding of the immigration legal system, far more than I have learned in three years as an undergrad.
Deysi is originally from El Salvador and came to the U.S. in 2004 seeking a peaceful life from a turbulent one in her country. She fell in love and began to live with her boyfriend. From the beginning, he abused her. In 2007, police were called because she suffered extreme injuries on her body and especially in her face. This time, Deysi told the police about the abuse she had endured for many years at the hands of her boyfriend. He was taken to jail and convicted of aggravated domestic battery and was placed in a domestic violence shelter.
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