A series of three simple dinners and programs around “At Risk of Deportation,” held on Mondays, January 22, 29, and February 5. Simple dinner at 6:30 p.m. (freewill donation); program at 7 p.m. Open to all; attend individual sessions or all three. Advance registration is encouraged through the church office: 206-932-5600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, January 22
Living in the Shadows: The Human Toll of Current Immigration Policy
Lonnie Tristan Renteria, executive director, clinical services, Puentes
An agency mobilizing mental health resources to help undocumented migrants and their families cope and flourish
Karen Gamez, University of Washington senior
An immigrant-rights advocate since high school now at risk of losing her DACA status
Monday, January 29
From Detention to Deportation: Who Ends Up at the Northwest Detention Center and What Happens to Them?
Deborah Cruz, volunteer coordinator, Advocates for Immigrants in Detention Northwest
An organization assisting and advocating for detained immigrants and their families at the Tacoma-based, for-profit detention center – with 1,575 beds, one of the largest in the U.S.
Janet Gwilym, managing attorney, Kids in Need of Defense
An organization representing unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children pro bono
Monday, February 5
Welcoming the Stranger: How Can Religious Institutions Help Those at Risk of Deportation?
Michael Ramos, executive director, Church Council of Greater Seattle
An organization convening and catalyzing communities and people of faith to create a world of justice, in part through support of refugees and immigrants facing unjust detention and deportation
Phillip Lienau, co-chair, steering committee, Sanctuary Hub at Saint Mark’s Cathedral
A project providing shelter and drawing other churches into its support network for people at risk of deportation