RSVP for Women's Voices Program "Immigration: We Lose When We Slam the Door"
Join Women's Voices for a virtual program on May 13, 2021
Event begins at 7 p.m.

Immigration: We Lose When We Slam the Door

Immigration pressures at the U.S. southern border and from other areas of the world create both national and local humanitarian and legal challenges. Anna Crosslin will share an historical perspective on immigration in the United States up to the present. Marie Kenyon will discuss the current status of immigrants and asylum seekers in St Louis and along the Mexican border. Our speakers will provide an update on pending federal and state immigration legislation. Join the meeting to learn what we can do as advocates and volunteers to support immigrants and immigration reform.

Anna Crosslin, former president and CEO, International Institute of St. Louis
Marie Kenyon, Director, Peace and Justice Commission, St. Louis Archdiocese

Anna Crosslin led IISTL from 1978 until her retirement this spring. Crosslin is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions. Since 2000, she has routinely been identified as one of the St. Louis Business Journal’s “Most Influential St. Louisans” including awards for Diversity and Women’s Leadership. In June 2015, Crosslin was recognized as a White House Champion of Change for World Refugee Day. She has been awarded two honorary doctorates – one from Webster University and another from Washington University, her alma mater.

Marie Kenyon has been the Director of the Peace & Justice Commission of the Archdiocese of St. Louis since 2015 and also chairs the Immigration Task Force for the archdiocese. A 1986 graduate of St. Louis University Law School, Marie was the Founder and Managing Attorney of the Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry which includes the Catholic Immigration Law Project from 1987-2015.

Also joining the discussion:
Ivonne Ramirez, a DACA recipient originally from Mexico. Ramirez has faced many challenges but continues to be a kind, generous advocate not only for herself but for all immigrants.

Sister Sandy Straub, CSJ, who recently returned from El Paso where she worked in the largest migrant shelter. She will speak to what she witnessed.

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