Iowa Immigrants Voice Program

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Youth and immigrant storytelling video contest

Do you think you can rock a video camera? Now is your chance! The Immigrants Voice Program (IVP) has designed a scholarship for youth of immigrant background. The three winning videos should consist of a detailed, well thought, creative, persuasive story. The story should be a personal narrative about immigration to the United States, the importance of this decision, and how it has affected the future of the individual and his/her family.

Deferred Action renewal workshops to be held in Des Moines



Deferred Action Public Service Announcement in English

In 2012, President Obama’s administration announced Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA, a program that allows us to live and work in the United States legally, with the possibility of renewal every two years.

If you, your son, or daughter came to the United States prior to June 15, 2007, were under 16 years old, and meet other requirements, there’s a possibility you or your child may qualify for deferred action.

Deferred Action Public Service Announcement in Spanish

En el 2012, la administración del presidente Obama, nos otorgó La Acción Diferida, que es una estadía legal y un permiso de trabajo, con la posibilidad de renovarlos cada dos años.

Si Ud. Su hijo o hija llego a los Estados Unidos antes del 15 de Junio del 2007, tenía menos de 16 años, y cumple con otros requisitos, ay una posibilidad que califique para la Acción Diferida como yo y otros 450,000 jóvenes a nivel nacional.

Si Ud. Ya fue otorgado la Acción Diferida va a poder renovarla comenzando 150 días antes de la fecha de vencimiento.

Reception for Shannon Sullivan in Des Moines

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 7:00pm

Shannon Sullivan

Shannon Sullivan

Shannon Sullivan is Regional Director of AFSC's Midwest Region.

You’re cordially invited to meet and welcome Shannon Sullivan, Regional Director, AFSC Midwest Regional Office.

Shannon Sullivan began her service as AFSC Regional Director in December 2013. A passionate social justice activist, she was the founding Executive Director of the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, a statewide organization that works to ensure K-12 schools fully address issues of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Stop deportations now rally set for Des Moines

Friday, April 4, 2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am

The Network for Immigration Reform Now--a coalition of organizations including AFSC Iowa, Methodist Federation for Social Action, CCI, LULAC, the United Methodist Church and Las Americas/Trinity UMC--will be hosting a demonstration and press conference for "Stop Deportation Now" at 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 4, outside the Polk County Courthouse in Des Moines.

Latino Spring Fling

Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 5:30pm

Latinos Unidos of Iowa invites you to attend

Latino Spring Fling

Silent auction bidding from 6-7pm.

Featuring Latin American Flavors

Tapas-style appetizers and refreshments. Tickets on sale now: Adults $10, children under 10: $5.

All proceeds to the scholarship fund of Latinos Unidos of Iowa.

Grace United Methodist, 3700 Cottage Grove, Des Moines.

Jody Mashek on the Gift of Family Reunification

Jody Mashek directs the Immigration Legal Services component of AFSC’s Immigrants Voice Program in Des Moines.

In one particular case, this man from Eritrea had not seen his wife and children in nine years. And he was such a ‘Dad’ figure, you could tell how much it hurt him not to be around his family. He cried in my office a couple times – here was this man in his 50s.

Iowans reenact La Posada in call for immigration reform

Iowans gather at U.S. Rep. Tom Latham's office to re-enact the immigrant story of Mary and Joseph and to urge Congress to pass humane immigration reform.

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