Iowa Immigrants Voice Program

Methodist Bishop Julius Trimble's statement at Faith in Action service in Des Moines 6-27-13

Iowa Methodist Bishop Julius Trimble read this statement at the Faith in Action service at Trinity United Methodist Church in Des Moines on June 27, 2013.

Iowans put Faith in Action for immigration reform

By Kathleen McQuillen, AFSC Iowa Program Coordinator

Trinity United Methodist Church in Des Moines, home of the Las Americas UMC Faith Community, was the gathering point for 200 people who came together to lift up a faith-based call for humane immigration reform.

Iowans hit the streets for immigration reform

Led by immigrant youth known as Dreamers, nearly 300 immigrants and allies marched and rallied in Des Moines on June 15 to call for comprehensive immigration reform now. AFSC joined with 20 other organizations in planning the event.

Hannah and her Sherriff - a refugee mother and son reunited in Iowa

In recognition of World Refugee Day on June 20, and in honor of the thousands of refugees who now call Iowa home, AFSC Iowa’s Immigrants Voice Program (IVP) presents this four-minute video of one mother and son, reunited after 14 years of being apart.

Faith in action - A call to action for immigration reform

Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 7:00pm

Immigration march in Des Moines 6-15-13

Immigration march in Des Moines 6-15-13

Nearly 300 Iowans march for immigration reform in Des Moines on June 15, 2013.

Iowa’s faith leaders, immigrant community, people of faith, and all Iowans who seek just and humane immigration reform will join together as a call to action on immigration reform.

Speakers to include faith leaders from many traditions and immigrants telling their story.

In search of evidence in Des Moines

It was a dark and stormy night….

OK, not really. But sometimes Jody Mashek’s job as Immigration Legal Service Director for AFSC in Iowa can feel a little like detective work.

Since the Obama administration began accepting applications for Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (DACA) last year, Jody and a team of volunteers have helped over 150 qualified immigrant youth apply and obtain lawful status in the United States for two years, with the hope of renewal.

Grinnell College president issues call for immigration reform

[On May 28, the Des Moines Register published this opinion piece by Grinnell College President Raynard Kington, MD, PhD. Sandra Sanchez, who directs AFSC Iowa's Immigrants Voice Program, wrote this open letter thanking Dr. Kington for his strong stand.]

Dear Dr. Kington,

Walk for immigration reform now

Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 1:00pm

Hector speaks at the Deferred Action for Dreamers rally in Des Moines July 21, 2012

Hector Salamanca

Hector Salamanca speaks at the Deferred Action for Dreamers rally in Des Moines on July 21, 2012.

Congress: It is Time to Get it Done!

Route: Latino Business Corridor: 1500 block of East Grand to the Latino Historic Area: 800 block of East Scott Avenue & SE 9th Street (next to the Guadalupe Chapel)

Music & Speakers!  Refreshments!

A peaceful family event.

Dreamers and allies reflect on Congressional visit

Advocates for comprehensive immigration reform met with U.S. Rep. Tom Latham and staff at his Des Moines office on May 10, 2013. Hector Salamanca, AFSC Latino Youth Organizer, set up the meeting, and Sandra Sanchez, AFSC Iowa Immigrants Voice Program Director, facilitated a follow-up discussion.

Taking action for immigration reform

By Sandra Sanchez

Several Dreamers and allies of the AFSC and its Dreamers Network have been working hard during the last month, taking action in support of a humane and fair immigration reform.

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