Jose Antonio Vargas to speak on his story navigating as an immigrant in the U.S.

Layne Mullett
Director of Media Relations


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On April 11, Pulitzer-Prize winner Jose Antonio Vargas will give a free, public address on his personal immigration story, sharing details of his journey to America from the Philippines as a child at the American Friends Service Committee’s annual meeting. In addition to being a prize-winning journalist, Vargas is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, Tony-nominated theatrical producer, and a leading voice for the human rights of immigrants. He founded Define American, an organization that empowers diverse and nuanced storytelling about immigrant experiences. 

What:   A conversation with Jose Antonio Vargas 

Who:    Jose Antonio Vargas, hosted by the American Friends Service Committee   

When:  Thursday, April 11, 6:30 pm (ET)

Where: Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

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The press is welcome to attend and cover the keynote address. After his keynote address, Vargas will be available to sign copies of his bestselling memoir, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen.

AFSC’s annual Corporation Meeting brings together Quakers from across the U.S. to consider together the American Friends Service Committee’s peace and justice work and how to further social change. Only the keynote address by Jose Antonio Vargas session is open to journalists. 

For more information on how to register for the event, see:


The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) promotes a world free of violence, inequality, and oppression. Guided by the Quaker belief in the divine light within each person, we nurture the seeds of change and the respect for human life to fundamentally transform our societies and institutions. We work with people and partners worldwide, of all faiths and backgrounds, to meet urgent community needs, challenge injustice, and build peace.