Fall Education and Action: Immigrants' Rights
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The Advocates for Human Rights is committed to protecting the rights of refugees and immigrants. Our staff and volunteer attorneys provide completely free legal services to hundreds of asylum seekers each year. Our advocacy team works to ensure that U.S. immigration policies respect human rights, and we monitor U.S. compliance with international human rights standards. We work to combat anti-immigrant sentiment in our communities. We monitor the immigration court system to increase accountability and access to justice.

 

Help us raise $30,000 to protect immigrants' rights. Donations will be matched!


 

Seeking Safety: Asylum Seekers and Attorneys in Conversation

Virtual Event

Join us to hear the latest updates on immigrants’ rights and how The Advocates’ work continues during the pandemic and amidst rapid changes to the legal landscape. Volunteer attorneys and clients will speak about their experiences and answer your questions. Finally, discuss the topic of your choice in a small breakout room and come together as a community of human rights supporters.

Thank you to Nilan Johnson Lewis PA for virtually hosting us. We are grateful for your support!

Tuesday, October 13
7:00 p.m. CDT
Register via Zoom. Details will be sent to registered attendees.

A Client's Story: Human Rights Leader Granted Asylum

Mr. S worked as a human rights activist to bring positive change to his home country of Burundi. In return, the government tortured him. Mr. S's parents were victims of ethnic cleansing, and he later joined a nonviolence movement, participated in demonstrations, and denounced the government's crimes. The government secret service imprisoned him twice, once for almost two months. He was beaten, starved, and threatened with death. Human rights organizations spoke out against his detention, and pressured the government to release him. The next day, the secret service attacked his home, killing his infant son and sister. His wife and two other children went missing. Soon after, Mr. S escaped to the United States.

He contacted The Advocates for Human Rights. Our volunteer attorneys represented him in years of legal battles. After five long, anxious years, the U.S. government finally granted him asylum in 2012. "The Advocates saved my life; they represent my hope," he said. "They took me in when I was desperate. If I hadn't found them, I don't know what I would have done. Now I can finally breathe."

Read more client stories here.

Protect Immigrants' Rights

You can help asylum seekers, detained immigrants, and victims of human trafficking find safety in the United States. All donations will be matched. Here's what your gift can do.

$50: Trains two immigration court observers to increase accountability
$100: Makes one Know Your Rights training available in the community
$500: Prepares Minnesota partners to fight human trafficking and protect victims
$1,000: Saves the life of an asylum seeker through legal representation

Give securely here.

Want to go the extra mile for immigrants' rights? Consider starting a fundraiser on Facebook or GiveMN.org.

Recipe: Kenyan Githeri (Corn and Bean Stew)

Ingredients
1 tablespoon neutral oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon ground chili powder
1 can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can sweet corn, drained
1/2 can chopped tomatoes
Salt, to taste
3 scallions, sliced
3 sprigs fresh cilantro, chopped

Instructions
1. Heat the oil in a pot over medium heat.
2. Cook the onions in the oil until soft, then add the garlic and stir for 30 seconds.
3. Add spices and stir.
4. Pour in beans, corn, and tomatoes. Add 1 cup of water and stir.
5. Add salt, cover the pot, and allow to cook for about 15 minutes.
6. Add the spring onions and cook for another minute.
7. Remove from heat and stir in chopped coriander. Serve.

Makes two servings.