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Thursday, March 6, 2014

March Lunch & Learn: Immigration and Human Rights

Due to their existence in the gray area between economic demand and criminality, immigrants who are in the country illegally can suffer abuse and exploitation with few options for legal recourse. At this month’s Lunch & Learn lecture, activist Jordan Garcia will discuss the human rights of immigrants, in a political climate where lawmakers face tough political barriers to enacting immigration policy reform. Garcia said he plans to discuss the current state of immigrant affairs at the Lunch & Learn, as well as the real-life situations of families who are affected by deportation and other consequences of their unauthorized status. “I think anyone would benefit from a deeper understanding of immigrant justice,” Garcia said. “Especially people concerned with issues like family separation.”
Jordan Garcia, activist and March's Lunch and Learn speaker

Garcia’s current position as the Immigrant Ally Organizing Director for Coloradoans for Immigrant Rights (a project of the American Friends Service Committee) is his most recent engagement in a life devoted to advocacy and community activism. As a student at Colorado College, Garcia was active in groups concerned with Latino rights. He later served on the founding board of the Latina Safe House Initiative, a group that worked to provide services to Latina domestic abuse survivors. Since 2006, he has been an organizer with the AFSC, where he has developed a community of “allies:” volunteers who devote their time to the cause of immigrant justice, and work to empower immigrants to speak on their own behalf.

Garcia said that the Lunch & Learn event is a way for the community to gain insight into, and become involved with, the day-to-day realities of the immigrant population. “I think the Red Cross and [my work] both aim to better the situations of people whose lives have been touched by hardship,” Garcia said. The Lunch & Learn lecture will be presented Wednesday, March 12, from noon to 1 p.m. at the American Red Cross, 444 Sherman St. RSVPs are requested by 12 p.m. Friday, March 7 to Tim Bothe at Tim.Bothe2@redcross.org. WebEx options are also available for remote audiences. For more information, contact Tim Bothe.

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