This month, learn more about International Migrants Day, upcoming KBI travels, the bi-national posada in Ambos Nogales, fundraising results, and recent immersions.
- International Migrants Day: Observed on December 18 each year, International Migrants Day is an occasion to affirm our support of social justice, advocacy of humane immigration policies, and solidarity with migrants and refugees the world over—258 million men, women and children of remarkable resilience and courage. To learn more about how you can acknowledge this U.N.–established day of recognition, check out this brochure from the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights: http://www.nnirr.org/~nnirrorg/drupal/sites/default/files/imd_brochure_final2_0.pdf.
- The KBI on the Road: On Thursday, November 15, 2018, Fr. Sean Carroll, S.J. will offer a presentation at a Theology on Tap event at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Joanna Williams, KBI Director of Education and Advocacy, will present at Creighton University in Omaha, NE on November 16–17, 2018, and will speak about the Communities in Crisis report at the Justice for Immigrants Conference in Arlington, VA on December 5–7, 2018. In addition, the KBI will participate in the Mexican Northern Shelters at Work (Zona Norte) annual meeting on November 26–29, 2018, which covers topics such as the asylum process, reintegration, and other issues facing migrants and deported individuals. KBI staff who will attend include Sister María Engracia Robles Robles, M.E., Education Coordinator; Father Samuel Lozano de los Santos, S.J., Director of Programs–Mexico; and Marla Conrad, Advocacy Coordinator–Mexico, who plays a key role in organizing the network.
- Diocese Without Borders Bi-National Posada: This year’s bi-national posada of Ambos Nogales will be held on Saturday December 15, 2018. The annual holiday celebration, organized by Dioceses without Borders, features music, food, and commemorations of Mary and Joseph’s search for shelter to welcome Jesus, bringing together communities from both sides of the border in anticipation of the Christmas festivities and in solidarity with the migrants we serve.
- October Fundraiser Support: The Tucson Fiesta, held on Sunday, October 21, 2018, raised close to $10,000 for KBI aid, education, and advocacy programming.
- KBI/Florence Project Legal Fellow: The KBI is seeking a new legal fellow to work with asylum seekers received at the comedor and shelter. Started last year, this program was conceived with the goal of formulating comprehensive and strategically strong asylum cases and, in so doing, helped advance immigration law. For details about applying for the legal fellow position, please see—and share—the new job listing at: https://firrp.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/KBI-Legal-Fellow_Job-Posting_9-10-2018.pdf
- Immersion Experiences: Groups from Washington, D.C. and southern Arizona joined the KBI in October for immersion experiences.
|· Immersion Group||# of participants||# of days at the KBI|
|Holy Trinity Parish
|9 participants||4 days|
|Jesuit Volunteer Corps
Tucson and Phoenix, AZ
|8 participants||2 days|