Seeking Safety: Asylum Seekers and Attorneys in Conversation
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 7:00 PM

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

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 (please check your spam folder if you don't see an email with the subject "10/13 Seeking Safety Event Confirmation").

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.

Silent Auction to Benefit Immigrants' Rights

Featuring unique items connected to our clients' home countries and special home-cooked meals, all funds raised at this auction will help save immigrants' lives and protect their rights.

Auction Opens: Friday, October 9, 11:00 a.m. CDT
Auction Closes: Tuesday, October 13, 8:30 p.m. CDT

Browse Auction

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.

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Recipe: Kenyan Githeri (Corn and Bean Stew)

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

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.