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Immigration Issues and International Adoptees

  • Safe Horizon 50 Court Street Brooklyn, NY, 11201 United States (map)

The recent executive orders directing an increase in immigration enforcement activities, a suspension of refugee resettlement, and an entry-ban to citizens of six Muslim-majority countries breed fear and insecurity in our immigrant communities. As international adoptees, these policies have a direct impact on our community and fellow immigrants. Please join us as we discuss the recent executive orders, the anticipated local and national response, and the intersectionality of international adoption and U.S. citizenship law.

This event is open to all international adoptees, family, friends, and allies who would like to discuss these ongoing and developing issues, and learn about resources, networks, and volunteer opportunities that may help in alleviating them.

Discussion will be led by Willie Giacofci and Marissa Martin.

WHO: International adoptees, family, friends, and allies
WHEN: Tuesday, April 4th, 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
WHERE: Safe Horizon at 50 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 - just one subway stop from Manhattan!
COST: FREE for members; suggested $5 for non-members
RSVP: Please send message to Michael Mullen.

Willie Giacofci is a staff attorney and Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow at the Safe Horizon Immigration Law Project. Prior to joining Safe Horizon, Willie was an attorney advisor with the U.S. Department of Justice where he drafted decisions and orders for the Adelanto Immigration Court, and served as an agroforestry extension agent with the U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa.

Marissa Martin has always had a passion for social justice and making larger systemic change to increase access and equity. Marissa has been involved with AKA for over 9 years, including 4 as president. She earned her Masters in Social Work from Silberman School of Social Work focusing on community organizing and has worked on education policy and advocacy for the APA, immigrant and adopted communities.

Please feel free to bring snacks or refreshments to share. For more information and to RSVP, please email Michael Mullen.