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New AFSC Iowa Immigration Poster in English

New Immigration Poster in English

New Immigration Poster in English

Designed by Ab Gratama

Designed by Gratama Lavine Design Studio in Iowa City, AFSC Iowa's new immigration posters are available in English and Spanish from AFSC, 4211 Grand Avenue, Des Moines IA 50312. Posters are $1 each plus $3 for postage. Contact Jon Krieg at 515-274-4851, ext. 10.

Sandra Sanchez Talks Immigrant Rights on La Reina

Celebrating international human rights, immigrants in Iowa show their knowledge of human rights through a small contest put forth by Sandra Sanchez (IVP director) in radio La Reina. Sandra was proud that five out of five answered the questions correctly! Now she wonders, would the average American know their rights that well?

Iowa Town Urged to Reject Immigrant Detention Center

[The following letter was written to the City Council of Grimes, Iowa by Sandra Sanchez, AFSC Iowa Immigrants Voice Program Director.]

I am writing to express my opposition to the opening of a new facility for purposes of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention in the City of Grimes. I am afraid that it will bring negative attention to the City of Grimes in two ways: increasing cases of racial profiling, and making of this detention facility the main face of the city. Is that what you want for Grimes?

Angela’s Story of Immigration

By Sara Crippen

Angela is from Usulután, the large capital of the province Usulután in El Salvador. She and her son fled the capital in 2000 because violence instigated by an international gang named Mara Salvatrucha was escalating within the city. The gang is involved in anything from human trafficking to merciless revenge killings to murderous robbery, and has been disintegrating the city’s standard of safety for a number of years.

Roundtable Discussion: Latino Civic and Political Participation

Friday, July 16, 2010 - 1:00pm - 6:00pm

Five-session workshop, highlighting release of Pan-Valley Institute report, "Latino Civic and Political Participation in Fresno and Madera."  Community activists, elected officials, academics, and general public welcome!  Co-sponsored by Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Centro la Familia, El Concilio de Fresno, Central California Legal Services, the Mexican Consulate, the Law Office of Jessica Smith Bobadilla

Eight Bags, Thirteen Days

An Iraqi Family Finds its Way to Des Moines

An estimated four million people have been displaced because of the U.S.-led war in Iraq. This is a short story about five of them now living in Des Moines.

 Aseel Saaeed, Ashraf Rashad and their two children were Sunni Muslims living in a predominately Shiite neighborhood of Baghdad. The U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 and subsequent sectarian violence resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths, and eventually Ashraf’s life was threatened.

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