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Thursday, June 22 • 1:30pm - 3:15pm
Immigration I

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While many connections will be made informally throughout the event, we have scheduled convenings to provide formal spaces for affinity groups to network and engage in movement building. During these convenings, participants will engage in dialogue that leads to common commitments or coordinated action; connect with leaders in a particular sector or field of interest; and identify challenges, map assets, and develop action plans.
Convenings will tackle key questions confronting different parts of the movement, including: What are the core challenges or needs among your justice stream? What are the assets and connections around the room? What can our organizations bring to this work? What can we do as individuals?”
Please note: for convenings that have two meetings scheduled, participation in the first is strongly encouraged before attending the second. 

Facilitators and Moderators
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Jessica Cobian

Immigration Campaign Associate, Sojourners
Jessica Cobian was raised in the border town of Tijuana, Mexico, until the age of 12. Her exposure to immigrant issues and economic inequality inspired her to advocate for underserved communities. Jessica earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with a focus on International Affairs from the University of California, Riverside. While at UCR, Jessica was a Resident Advisor for the Chicano/Latino Hall and a community leader with the Inland Congregations United for Change, where she learned about faith-based community organizing. | | In 2013, Jessica became involved in research meetings and actions for immigration reform. After graduating, she went on to become a Community Organizer with PICO National Network in Riverside, where she enjoyed working with agricultural workers in the Coachella Valley for immigration and health care justice. Before joining Sojourners, Jessica was a Lead Organizer for the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment in San Diego, where she worked developing community leaders from low-income and working families. | | Jessica is pursuing her... Read More →
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Hannah Evans

Legislative Representative for Immigration, Friends Commitee on National Legislation
Hannah Graf Evans is the Legislative Representative for Immigration at the Friends Committee on National Legislation – a multi-issue, non-partisan Quaker lobby based in Washington, DC. Hannah lobbies for federal immigration policies that empower immigrants and the American comm... Read More →
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Jen Smyers

Director of Policy and Advocacy, Church World Service
Jen Smyers serves as the Director of Policy and Advocacy for the Church World Service Immigration and Refugee Program, and has been with CWS for more than ten years.  A graduate of American University with a B.A. in Law and Society, B.A. in Public Communication, and Masters in Public Policy... Read More →

Thursday June 22, 2017 1:30pm - 3:15pm
Room 6C

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