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Free discussion with immigration lawyer Heather Axford and political organizer Betsy Plum

There is an ongoing human rights crisis at our country’s southern border.

Like you, we have been asking what we can do, what actionable steps we can take to see this crisis resolved, and how we can stand with our neighbors who are directly affected by the Trump administration’s position on immigrants.

Over the coming weeks, many of our- Wednesday evenings will be dedicated to hosting knowledgeable leaders in our community to talk us through political action, advocacy, and how to best activate our community in response to this critical humanitarian situation.

Topics we will cover include: 
*Common immigration practices at the border before the April 6th “zero tolerance” memorandum
*How those practices have changed under the Trump administration and why that matters
*What happens next and what we can do now
*How we can safely support our at-risk neighbors if they are being targeted by Border Patrol or ICE
*Information about how to access free consultations with immigration lawyers

We will also be setting up teams to walk to different neighborhoods to hang signs in Spanish with the above information. Bring your family, friends, and walking shoes.

If you have any ideas or questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing admin@thegreatroom.org.

More about Heather: 
Heather Axford has been representing asylum applicants at Central American Legal Assistance since 2008 and is currently a senior staff attorney. She represents primarily Central American trauma survivors facing deportation as well as victims of egregious constitutional violations by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and indigent immigrants eligible for other humanitarian immigration relief. She practices regularly before the Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals, and Federal Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She is an Adjunct Professor of Refugee & Asylum Law at New York Law School. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law.

This New Yorker article gives some background and context to her organization and their clients. 
https://www.google.com/…/n…/news-desk/escape-to-new-york/amp

More about Betsy: 
Elizabeth (Betsy) Plum is the Director of Special Projects at the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC), an umbrella immigration policy and advocacy organization with nearly 200 member organizations across New York State. At the NYIC, Betsy oversees several initiatives and campaigns to empower and integrate immigrant communities. Included in this work is Betsy's leadership on the “This is Our New York” campaign in response to the 2016 presidential election, adult education and workforce development policy, and the NYIC's Key to the City Initiative. Prior to joining the NYIC, Betsy was a staff member of CALA. She is a graduate of Bard College and the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Information about Betsy's organization: http://www.thenyic.org/

Earlier Event: June 27
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Later Event: June 28
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