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POSTPONED – Immigration 101
March 15 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Immigration in the U.S. is a complex, opaque, slow-changing system with massive ripple effects in our local community. It can feel too overwhelming to engage, but an excellent first step is to educate yourself on what’s happening. Hear from Alyssa Kane and Ryan Brunsink, attorneys who work in immigration law for respected, local nonprofits. They will offer an introduction to the immigration system and explain how it’s been changing.
The system may seem broken but there are still ways to bring hope to individuals. Hear about PRC’s current work and ways that you can get involved. This event is our launch for Travel Kits! Immigrants leaving detention often face 24-48 hours on a bus traveling to join their loved ones/sponsors, but have nothing more than the clothes on their backs. PRC provides a backpack with basic necessities like a toothbrush, petty cash to buy meals, a coat, and more. You will have a chance to directly fund kits through a free-will offering, help us pack some of these kits, and learn how to get your church involved collecting kits.
Alyssa Kane is the Managing Attorney for Aldea – The People’s Justice Center. Aldea was formed, in part, as a response to the continued detention of mothers, fathers, and children at the Berks County Residential Center, an immigrant detention center in Leesport, Pennsylvania that holds asylum seeking families. It is Aldea’s mission to ensure that no parent and child detained at Berks or elsewhere is forced to navigate the complex immigration process alone.
Ryan Brunsink is the Managing Attorney for the Detained Program at Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center (PIRC). PIRC provides access to justice for vulnerable immigrants in detention and in the community through legal services, education and advocacy. The detention program helps educate detained immigrants about their rights in a complex legal system and provide legal representation to the most vulnerable.
Come early to Tellus 360 to grab a drink then meet us on the second floor for an educational afternoon!