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Immigration: Learn About the NC Immigrant Rights Program

Immigration: Learn About the NC Immigrant Rights Program

AFSC-organized march for immigration reform in Greensboro, Winter 2010.

Photo: AFSC

NC Immigrant Rights Program

The NC Immigrant Rights Program began in 2004 as part of the National Project Voice.  This AFSC program is guided by the Quaker belief in the infinite worth of all people, and goal of supporting the rights and dignity of all people, regardless of their legal status.  We attempt to educate and reach out to the general public to help others understand the immigrant experience and how immigrants have enriched the nation's landscape.  AFSC works to build solidarity between immigrants and non-immigrant allies to change hostile attitudes toward immigrants and create more welcoming communities. 

The Area Office of the Carolinas organizes workshops to empower and prepare immigrant communities in case of raids and deportation.  We also advocate for just and humane immigration policies on the local, state, and federal level.  Our focus is always on connecting the struggles that US immigrants face with the roots of migration, and we use popular education activities to help communicate this connection.

Program Initiatives

The NC Immigrant Rights E-Newsletter: the E-Newsletter was established in December 2005 as a vehicle for Quaker allies and recent immigrant/refugee constituents, and immigrant-rights-related actions in the region. Please write to to subscribe to this monthly e-newsletter.

Immigrant and Refugee Movie Making Classes: AFSC partners with FaithAction International House to put on a series of classes encouraging immigrant and refugee students to share their stories through film.  Watch videos from the very successful 2009 class!

Immigrant Solidarity Committees (ISC): Quakers and other non-immigrant allies are working together to support immigrant struggles and create more welcoming communities across the Carolinas.

ISC of Charlotte: website, Google Groups page

ISC of Durham: Google Groups page

Greensboro Network of Immigrant Allies: Google Groups page