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U.S. Senator Robert Menendez to Discuss Need for Immigration Law & Policy Reform at March 27 Event

March 22, 2010 – 
U.S. Senator Robert Menendez along with prominent attorneys and immigrant rights activists in the New Jersey area will discuss why immigration laws and policies need to be reformed at a Saturday, March 27, 2010 panel titled “Hidden Faces: Pivotal Issues in Immigration Law and the Need for Reform.” Panelists will discuss Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) impact on immigrant communities in New Jersey and the tri-state area, the state of detention centers, the plight of undocumented immigrants, the 287G and Dream Act legislation, and current immigration reform proposals.

The panel discussion will take place less than a week after tens of thousands of immigrants marched in Washington, DC to demand immigration reform and economic justice for all Americans. The event is sponsored by the Rutgers Immigrant Rights Collective (RUIRC) and Amnesty International, Northeast Regional Office.

What:  “Hidden Faces: Pivotal Issues in Immigration Law and the Need for Reform” 
Who:  U.S. Senator Robert Menendez
Alina Das
, supervising attorney, NYU School of Law Immigrant Rights Clinic
Rex Chen, managing attorney, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey
Ravi Ragbir, organizer, Families for Freedom, and New Sanctuary Coalition
Marisol Conde-Hernandez, student activist, Rutgers University
Juan Reyes, organizer, Casa Freehold
Amy Gottlieb, director of immigrant rights, American Friends Service Committee, and adjunct professor Rutgers School of Law–Newark, moderator
When:  Noon – 3 pm, Saturday, March 27, 2010 
Where:  Martini Foundation Lecture Hall (Room 10, lower level), Rutgers School of Law–Newark 

Background: Rutgers Immigrant Rights Collective (RUIRC) was created by Rutgers–Newark law students in 2003. RUIRC’s mission is to educate the Rutgers–Newark community about immigration policy and law, as well as to actively participate in immigration policy discussion by lobbying representatives and working with immigration policy groups in New York and New Jersey. RUIRC is dedicated to promoting immigrants’ rights and empowering immigrants. This year, RUIRC is planning to conduct “Know Your Rights” workshops for northern New Jersey immigrant communities. In addition, RUIRC members are preparing to participate in a detainee visitation program.