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The Real Border Crisis is the topic of a Community Forum to be held on Friday, March 29 at 7 p.m. at the Conejo Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Newbury Park.
An immigration attorney and two activists who have been supporting humanitarian treatment of immigrants will describe how the nation’s immigration laws and policies impact lives. The panel will discuss underlying causes of immigration, witness accounts from visits to the border and basic rights of the undocumented.
The panel will include Ventura-based community lawyer Vanessa Frank, immigration activist Julie Diaz Martinez and Alvaro J. de Regil, executive director of the Jus Semper Global Alliance, which advocates for economic justice and civil, political and environmental rights.
Frank’s law office in Ventura has for more than 10 years been assisting working families who seek to be reunited or stay together in the United States. Her office serves as a resource for immigrant and human rights advocacy.
Diaz Martinez has formed a team of volunteers who travel to Mexico to be humanitarian witnesses and conduct border support at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. She is Immigration Team Leader of the nonprofit advocacy organization Indivisible Conejo and a member of ICE Out of California, Clergy & Laity United for Economic Justice, the Tri-Counties Anti-Defamation League and Friends of the National Lawyers Guild, Los Angeles Chapter.
De Regil is a volunteer with Buen Vecino, a community-based organization supporting rights for immigrants in Ventura County. The Jus Semper Global Alliance, where he is executive director, is a coalition that supports living wages as a core element of democracy, sustainability and business accountability.
The Community Forum at 3327 Old Conejo Road in Newbury Park is open to the public and free. Donations are welcome to help cover expenses. For information, visit forum.cvuuf.org or contact Randall Edwards through the church office at (805) 498-9548.