Zoom: American Refugee Podcast Series

Saturday, February 13, 2021 - 9:00am

Zoom: American Refugee Podcast Series

Sam Graber is the host of the award-winning podcast American Refugee. With a national listening audience, Sam lives outside Minneapolis and is a member of Temple Israel, our partner congregation. Joined by immigrant advocates he will moderate all three Zoom sessions, which are on Saturday mornings from 9:00-10:00am Central Time in February and March. Episode 3, Episode 8 and Episode 9 are the episodes that will be discussed, followed by time in each session for your questions. 

Registration required to receive Zoom login credentials. Please contact Janice with any questions. 

Listen to the Podcast before these sessions. Join together for discussion and deeper learning. 

Saturday, February 13, 9:00-10:00am CT
Episode 3: Immigration Court

Amy Lange is the coordinator of the Immigration Court Observation Project for The Advocates of Human Rights. Over 700 volunteers have observed hearings at The Fort Snelling Court since the project began nearly 4 years ago. Amy, along with her colleagues at The Advocates, produce reports based on court findings and the experiences of court observers. In December they released "Bearing Witness in the Moment: Report from The Immigration Court Observation Project.” Donna Krisch is a member of the Basilica’s Immigrant Support Ministry. She is active with the Interfaith Coalition on Immigration (ICOM) and will share stories from her days in Immigration court.

Saturday, February 27, 9:00-10:00am CT
Episode 8: Sherburne County Jail (Part 2)

Nancy Hassett is one of the founding members of SARI (Sanctuary and Resistance to Injustice). SARI members hold a weekly vigil in front of the Sherburne County Government Center protesting the incarceration of ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) detainees. The vigils take place on Wednesdays from 3:45 to 4:15pm at the Government Center, 13880 Business Center Drive NW in Elk River. Nancy is one of the leading voices in the community working against ICE expanding its contract at the Sherburne County Jail. Stephanie Tice is active in ICOM (Interfaith Coalition on Immigration) and leads ICOM-AID (Aid to Immigrants in Detention), a branch that works directly with detainees and their families. They worked tirelessly with Gregorio and his family to prevent his deportation back to Mexico.

Saturday, March 20, 9:00-10:00am CT
Episode 9: Escape the Room

Cheryl Behrent is the Director of Sarah’s Oasis, a home for women from all over the world who are homeless and without resources. The women have survived violence, abuse, torture, war, discrimination and trauma. Sarah’s was started in 1996 when the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet donated a convent in St. Paul. Kaarin Long is a staff attorney in the Women’s Human Rights program. Before joining Advocates for Human Rights, Kaarin worked as a prosecutor in Minnesota, focusing on cases involving violence against women.