Iowa Immigrants Voice Program

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New Hope for Young Immigrants

“Go ahead and dream!” was the rally cry for immigrants and allies who came together in Des Moines, Iowa, to celebrate President Obama’s order providing temporary relief from deportation to qualifying young undocumented immigrants.
The rally included a welcoming statement from Mayor Frank Cownie and a letter of support from Senator Tom Harkin, but it was young Dreamers—undocumented immigrant youth brought to the United States by their parents—who were the heart of the day’s events.

Understanding Deferred Action for Dreamers

Friday, July 13, 2012 - 3:00pm

Sandra Sanchez following Arizona law ruling 6-25-12

Sandra Sanchez following Arizona law ruling 6-25-12

Sandra Sanchez, AFSC Iowa Immigrants Voice Program Director, speaks at a rally following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision regarding SB 1070, Arizona's anti-immigrant law. For a set of photos from the rally, click here.

Understanding what Deferred Action means for the “Dreamers”

Public forum presented by Sandra Sánchez

Friday, July 13 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm

Friends Meeting House, 4211 Grand Ave., right at the corner with 42nd St.,
(parking entrance on 42nd St.). Event sponsored by the AFSC Immigrants Voice Program.

Celebrate the Dreamer’s Deferred Action

Saturday, July 21, 2012 - 11:00am

Hector and Ramona with Iowa Immigrants Voice Program

Hector and Ramona with Iowa Immigrants Voice Program

Hector, standing, is a volunteer with AFSC's Immigrants Voice Program in Des Moines and a "Dreamer." He's shown here with Ramona Gomez, who works part-time for the program.


Music! Refreshments! Information Booth! Speakers! 

Fire Up to Push for Justice For All Immigrants!

Sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee, Latinos Unidos, Allies for Immigration Reform, Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON), Sisters Council Leadership Team, the DM Area Sisters of Humility and more!!!

Families around the nation speak out for justice for immigrants

This video of immigrants and advocates from around the country was created by Yanex, an intern with AFSC. It includes seven principles for immigration reform.

AFSC internship balances the books for Iowa student

"Education is nothing without life experience," according to Paul Maciel, an intern with AFSC Iowa's Immigrants Voice Program in the spring of 2012. Paul is finishing his bachelor's degree in Political Science at Grand View University in Des Moines. In this six-minute interview with AFSC regional staff Jon Krieg, Paul reflects on what he learned and shares some of his thoughts about life.

Experience with immigrants changes Iowa intern

In this four-minute interview with AFSC regional staffer Jon Krieg, Dillon Thornbury describes what he learned about immigration while completing his service-learning project with the legal services component of AFSC's Iowa Immigrant Voice Program in Des Moines. A double major in psychology and Spanish at Central College, Dillon hopes to study immigration law in the future.

Do It Yourself Immigration Reform

The link below will take you to an NPR interview regarding “do-it-yourself immigration reform” proposal. Quite interesting! It lasts 13 min 9 sec. It also appeared on June 2 op-ed of the New York Times.


Stop the War on Workers

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 5:15pm

[From Occupy Des Moines]

Sus Derechos en el Trabajo

Saturday, April 14, 2012 - 1:30pm

Le invitamos a una presentación sobre:

“Sus Derechos en el Trabajo”

en el anexo de American Friends

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