Pho sets the table to celebrate immigrant communities: A call for recipes

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Photo credit: Dai Huynh Pull up a chair, to join Loan and Dai Huynh at their kitchen table, where Phở (Pho) defines Vietnam like no other dish. Take in their recipe, spiced by star anise and cinnamon, providing depth and dimension through fresh chicken and broth. Then take out your pen, to share with us your … Continue reading Pho sets the table to celebrate immigrant communities: A call for recipes

Biden Starts to Hit Stride on Asylum Protections

World Refugee Day (June 20) marked six months of the Biden Administration.  In that time, The Advocates and other organizations have been extremely disappointed with the President’s failure to deliver on promises for swift and bold action on immigration and human rights.  While we celebrated the first days of Administration with executive orders ending the Muslim and African Bans, laying-out plans … Continue reading Biden Starts to Hit Stride on Asylum Protections

The Immigration Court Observers Leaders Team: A 2021 Volunteer Award Recipient

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Photography by Bill Cameron.   At the Fort Snelling Immigration Court, hearings are open to the public. However, few people attend these hearings to observe the realities immigrants face under our immigration and justice system. The volunteer Immigration Court Observers of The Advocates for Human Rights are changing that. They monitor the proceedings and collect priceless … Continue reading The Immigration Court Observers Leaders Team: A 2021 Volunteer Award Recipient

Blaise Masinga: The Journey to Regaining Self-Power

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In a room full of refugees and asylum seekers, Blaise Masinga is reminded of the time when he was in their shoes. He had fled from South Africa to Minnesota, leaving behind his wife and two children. Pain, trauma, and uncertainty are still on the forefront of his mind when he thinks about that time. Similar to the journeys of many other asylum seekers, Blaise’s path to safety and reunification with his family was long, unpredictable, anxiety-filled, and lonesome.

The Advocates Welcomes First Steps, Calls for Sustained Commitment to Human Rights

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As the United States transitions to a new administration, The Advocates for Human Rights looks forward to a renewed commitment to human rights in our domestic and foreign policy. Human rights standards provide a foundation to ensure that policy making is just, fair, and respects human dignity.  Topping the list, we welcome the end of … Continue reading The Advocates Welcomes First Steps, Calls for Sustained Commitment to Human Rights

New Year, Renewed Hope

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In ancient Roman religion and myth, the god of beginnings, gates, transitions, time, duality, doorways, passages, frames, and ending is known as Janus. Janus is typically depicted as having two faces, looking to the future and to the past.   Janus, or what Janus represents, is no doubt on the minds of many as we close out one year and begin another. As we reflect on the … Continue reading New Year, Renewed Hope