Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents raided Florinda Bequiri’s home in New Jersey on a cold, dark October morning just before the family rose for school. Florinda and her younger brother were sleeping in the basement of the house where they lived with their aunt, uncle, and cousins, when the stairway filled with police officers.
After living in the United States for 25 years since his arrival from Albania, her Uncle was arrested and detained. Since then, Florinda has been fighting to keep her aunt and uncle in the country.
Florinda says her motivation to be an outspoken advocate for immigration reform has deep roots—she loves her uncle. They share a special bond that goes back to the moment of her birth, and he raised Florinda and her brother for much of their lives.
On Oct. 15, 2012 Lewis Webb, Jr. discussed the Campaign to End the New Jim Crow
The NY Office has a leadership role in The Campaign to End the New Jim Crow which addresses the injustices of mass incarceration of people of color and it collateral consequences. This statewide collaborative effort is committed to the proposition that an informed community is best equipped to self-advocate and more inclined to join others for change. We therefore developed a messaging campaign to awaken impacted communities.
Sept. 2012 program update call with Joseph Gerson and Aura Kanegis
This recording features Joseph Gerson, director of AFSC’s Peace and Economic Security Program, and Aura Kanegis, director of AFSC’s National Office of Public Policy and Advocacy, on a program update conference call from from Sept. 27, 2012.
Joseph discussed his work on alternatives to militarization and alternate directions for U.S. policies.
This is a recording of the American Friends Service Committee’s Monthly Program Update call from August 16, 2012 with Matthew Lowen, Program Coordinator for AFSC's Tucson's office in Arizona. Matthew along with Caroline Isaacs, the office's Program Director, talked about their invovlement in the published report "Lifetime Lockdown: How Isolation Conditions Impact Prisoner Reentry" and the launch of
This is a recording of the American Friends Service Committee’s Monthly Program Update call from July 19, 2012 with Patricia DeBoer, AFSC's Asia Regional Director. Patricia discussed, with other Asia staff, their program work across the continent. They shared stories, obstacles, and successes from their on-the-ground perspective.
Sanchez and Benzoni on Deferred Action for DREAMers, June 2012
In this Spanish-language radio interview, Sandra Sanchez, AFSC Iowa Immigrants Voice Program Director, talks with Des Moines immigration attorney Jim Benzoni about the recently announced "Deferred Action" program for certain undocumented youth, known as "DREAMers."
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