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Call for Spirited Action 2015-2016: Love knows no borders

In this era of mass deportation, border violence, immigrant detention centers, and xenophobia, how can we as Friends support the immigrant rights movement and co-create the beloved community? 
Pedro Rios serves as director of the AFSC’s U.S./Mexico Border Program and has been on staff with AFSC for 13 years. He also serves on the board of the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium, a coalition of over 25 different organizations in San Diego working to support the rights of immigrants.
A native San Diegan, Pedro has worked on immigrant rights and border issues for over 20 years. He became active on immigration issues in the early 1990s, when California was debating the passage of Proposition 187, the anti-immigrant initiative that was later ruled unconstitutional.
Currently, Pedro is overseeing a program that documents abuses by law enforcement agencies, working with many community groups, advocating for policy change, and interacting with migrant communities. Pedro has been widely interviewed and published by the Associated Press, Univision, ABC10NBC7, and  Think Progress, among others. 

Jennifer Piper was born and raised in Denver, CO where she grew up on Catholic social teachings in a union family. She graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelors of Social Work. Jennifer put her degree to use working with youth at a group home and as a bilingual advocate at a shelter for survivors of domestic violence.  

Jennifer first became conscious about immigrant rights during her time in Peace Corps, Paraguay. In 2003, upon her return from Paraguay, she became a member of Coloradans for Immigrant Rights, a project of AFSC-Colorado. In 2005, she returned to school and received her Master’s in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

After graduating, Jennifer worked as an auditor for the State of Colorado for two years before becoming paid staff at the American Friends Service Committee as the Interfaith Organizing Director for Immigrant Rights. Her work focuses on fostering faith-based dialogue about, and faith based actions supporting, immigrants and immigration reform. She received the 2010 Amos award from Lutheran Advocacy Ministry for her work on immigration.


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