Barrington church to host 'Voices of Immigration'

Speakers will share personal experiences and discuss US immigration policy

Posted 10/12/19

Barrington Interfaith Partners will host its fall forum, "Voices of Immigration," on Tuesday, Oct. 22. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall of St. John’s Episcopal Church, 191 …

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Barrington church to host 'Voices of Immigration'

Speakers will share personal experiences and discuss US immigration policy

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Barrington Interfaith Partners will host its fall forum, "Voices of Immigration," on Tuesday, Oct. 22. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall of St. John’s Episcopal Church, 191 County Road, Barrington. Gabriela Domenzain, Lilian Calderon, and Rodrigo Pimentel will be the speakers. They will share personal experiences as well as discuss US immigration policy, especially as it pertains to the southern border.

Ms. Domenzain is a national immigration activist and led RI’s #FreeLilian campaign. She was the deputy campaign manager for former Governor Martin O’Malley’s presidential campaign, and served as the immigration spokesperson for President Obama’s reelection campaign. She previously worked for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and Univision National Network. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago and holds a Master’s degree in journalism from New York University. She is the founder and president of Somos Humanos.

Ms. Calderon was brought to the US from Guatemala when she was three years old. She married her high school sweetheart, a US citizen, and their two young children are also US citizens. She was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in 2018 while she was trying to become a lawful US resident. Her imprisonment garnered national attention before she was released. She now has permanent lawful status.

Mr. Pimentel was 10 months old when he arrived in the US. He grew up in East Providence. He is a DREAMer and a beneficiary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. He has been an advocate for immigrants, and his writings have been featured in The Guardian, The Providence Journal, and Al Jazeera. He is currently a data science major at the University of Rhode Island.

The program is free and open to the public. There will be a question and answer program as well as refreshments. For more information: Trinki Brueckner at 447-4742, or Lois Kemp at 247-2773.

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