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Immigrant Rights Program, Newark NJ

Jocelyn family

Joceyln and her family

Joceyln (bottom row, middle), her father, and five siblings in front of their home in New Jersey.

At the Immigrant Rights Program (IRP) in Newark, N.J., our goal is to achieve policies that respect the rights and dignity of all immigrants, including a fair and humane national immigration policy.

The Immigrant Rights Program’s successful integration of legal services, advocacy and organizing has made a dramatic difference in the lives of immigrants in New Jersey and beyond by ensuring that immigrant voices are heard in policy debates, by assisting immigrants with challenging immigration cases, and by changing the narrative about immigration issues to influence policy.

AMOS Issues Assembly

Sunday, October 24, 2010 - 3:00pm

The issues on the agenda are criminal justice (specifically juvenile justice), mental illness and substance abuse in Iowa, workforce development, and immigration.  More AMOS specific information on each of these topics can be found on the AMOS website, www.amosiowa.org.  Click on the AMOS Issues Assembly under the Upcoming Events section on the home page and it will take you to links to fact sheets on all four agenda issues.

Dignity Not Detention Press Conference, Trenton NJ

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

On October 6th, please join us in New Jersey in calling for Dignity, Not Detention!

October 6th marks the anniversary of a report that recognized the need for serious reform of the immigration detention.

Join us as we come together on the anniversary of the ICE reform announcement to raise public awareness about deportations and detentions in record numbers through actions and press events across the country.

Press Conference at New Jersey State House, Room 109, Trenton, NJ

SignonSanDiego.com: Immigrant guide on raids, deportation stirs debate

A countywide public school network for at-risk children is encouraging teachers to address students’ concerns about immigration raids and deportations — an effort that’s receiving mixed reviews from law enforcement agencies. Benjamin Prado of the AFSC's San Diego office weighs in.

Bill Mefford to Keynote Fall MFSA Gathering

Saturday, October 2, 2010 - 10:00am

The Iowa Chapter of the Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA) is delighted to welcome Bill Mefford, Director, Civil and Human Rights, General Board of Church and Society, to be the keynote speaker for our Fall Statewide Gathering. Mefford  will address the issue of immigration, and will emphasize the importance of our role as persons of faith in bringing about comprehensive immigration reform.  Lunch (free will offering) will be provided by Las Americas, and a short business meeting will follow.     

North County CA Times: Latinos attend human rights forum

About 30 members of North County's Latino community gathered Saturday at the MiraCosta College campus in Oceanside to learn about the rights they can exercise if stopped by police ---- especially at traffic checkpoints.

The Human Rights Council of Oceanside organized the event to address growing concerns among some residents that the checkpoints unjustly target Latinos for enforcement. The AFSC's Christian Ramirez presented at the event.

Nashua NH Telegraph.com: New Sheriff in Town to Address GOP

Protesters from several immigration and civil rights advocacy groups will greet Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the subject of a federal civil rights probe, when he comes to Nashua this week to speak at a Republican fundraiser.

The New Hampshire Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees and the American Friends Service Committee announced plans to demonstrate outside the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Sunday, where Arpaio, the sheriff in Maricopa County, Arizona, will give the keynote speech at a fundraiser for the Nashua Republican City Committee.

MyFoxBoston.com: Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks in NH

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio spoke at a Republican fundraiser in Nashua, N.H., on his efforts to give local authorities power to enforce immigration laws. The AFSC's Maggie Fogarty weighs in.

Nashua NH Telegraph.com: Protesters for, against, AZ sheriff speaking to GOP

More than 2,500 miles from the Mexican border, opponents and supporters of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who spoke Sunday at a Republican gathering in Nashua, didn’t need a fence to divide them. They found a six-lane roadway.

Stationed across from the Crowne Plaza hotel on Route 101A, nearly 70 demonstrators welcomed Arpaio, known as the nation’s toughest sheriff for his work to fight illegal immigration in Maricopa County, Ariz. Demonstrators included the AFSC's Arnie Alpert and Maggie Fogarty.

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