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AFIS and Catholic Charities to begin immigration sessions and clinics

The American Friends Immigrant Services (AFIS) legal team and the Catholic Charities in Monroe County (CCMC) began a new adventure in 2015 to reach the most marginalized and vulnerable migrants in the cities of Marathon and Key West, Florida—the most southern cities in the U.S. with almost non-existent legal services.

Pilgrimage for Freedom Throughout Iowa

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - 9:00am - Sunday, August 23, 2015 - 9:00pm

Click here to see the Freedom Pilgrmage itinerary.

 Actions for a Just Immigration Reform with a Path to Citizenship continue.

Unite Iowa Immigration Forum

Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 2:30pm - 4:30pm

The time is getting close to the event Unite Iowa which promises to be a great opportunity to have an open and civil dialogue in a nonpartisan manner to talk about immigration. Please come and join us. You can register free here: . Former Governor O’Mally has already confirmed his attendance and we are waiting to hear from other presidential candidates from both parties; it will be wise to register now!

Immigrant Youth Forum

Saturday, August 8, 2015 - 12:45pm - 4:00pm

Sandra Sanchez with immigrant youth March 2015

Sandra Sanchez with immigrant youth March 2015

Sandra Sanchez, director of the Iowa Immigrants Voice Program, meets with immigrant youth at AFSC.

Come to an immigrant youth forum set for August 8, 2015 in Des Moines.

Report: Solitary confinement in NJ immigration detention centers overused

 An investigation of the use of solitary confinement in New Jersey’s immigration detention centers finds an unnecessarily harsh and unfair system that violates state and international standards. The report “23 Hours in the Box, Solitary Confinement in New Jersey Immigration Detention” is released by New Jersey Advocates for Immigrant Detainees*, a coalition of community-based groups that support immigration and detention reform, and NYU School of Law Immigrant Rights Clinic.  

Paulette's path to citizenship

As I enter Paulette’s apartment, she introduces me to her Garden of Eden. Paulette is fascinated by floral design—she embellishes her residence in an arrangement of real and artificial flowers. Paulette’s apartment showcases her bright disposition and I instantly feel welcomed into her home. She hands me a can of Orange Fanta as I sit on the couch next to her piano. Paulette always had an affinity for playing music from what she tells me. I do not know what to expect from this interview, all I know is that I am instantly intrigued by her personality.

Called by God: an interview with Migwe Kimemia

This is an interview by volunteer writer Kadija Diallo of Migwe Kimemia, director of AFSC's Peace and Trade Justice program in Dayton, Ohio. Migwe discusses the development of the program and the spiritual basis for his work. - Lucy


Family immigrant detention centers: The new internment camps

Staff members of AFSC’s Immigrant Rights Program in Newark joined advocates from across the nation in a protest against the family detention policies of the US government on May 1 in Dilley, Texas.  The Corrections Corporation of America, a for-profit company, runs the largest immigrant family detention center in the United States in Dilley that will detain up to 2400 mothers and children.


South Texas Family Residential Center

South Texas Family Residential Center

South Texas Family Residential Center

Collective power for migrant justice: An interview with AFSC Intern Saul Aleman

Note: Lucy Duncan came back from visiting Quaker meetings in South Florida with Saul Aleman really excited about his energy for the migrant rights movement, for using nonviolence as a tool for change, and for telling stories and bringing forward migrant voices to change the narrative around immigrants in this country.


#BlackLivesMatter: From Baltimore to Jerusalem

Note: Sahar Vardi serves as Coordinator of AFSC's Israel program working with refusers to military service and against militarism within Israel. She attended a recent protest focused on recent killings and abuse of Ethiopian Jews in Israel. This is her reflection on it and its connection to the movement against police brutality, the Black Lives Matter movement, in the United States. - Lucy


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