Panel Details for Anon(mous)

Coffee Talk on Thursday, April 21 after the 4PM performance (approximately 5:45 PM)   Respondents: Homayra Yusufi-Marin grew up in San Diego but was born in war torn Afghanistan. Her family immigrated to the United States during the Cold War and she’s called San Diego home ever since. Ms. Yusufi has spent the past five years working as a Policy expert at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) focusing on immigration and education policy. Ms. Yusufi completed her masters in Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. She recently chose to become a stay at home mom and is enjoying her days with her one year old daughter.       Katia Hansen, J.D. is the President & CEO of UURISE – Unitarian Universalist Refugee and Immigrant Services and Education, a nonprofit organization advancing justice and human rights for immigrants and refugees.  Katia has over 20 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations in San Diego County, and in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. For 15 of those years she has worked on issues related to immigration and human rights, including anti-human trafficking work in Lithuania, and in Thailand. Katia has been with UURISE since its inception in 2007, first as a founding member of the Board of Directors, transitioning through different roles until she became President & CEO in May, 2015.   In each of these positions, Katia is thrilled to be able to blend her education and experience as an attorney and social worker with her passion for social justice, empowering people and advocating for systemic change.   Ramla Sahid is the founder and executive director of the Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans (PANA).  She is responsible for overseeing the organization’s growth as the leading voice for refugees in San Diego. Ramla has over a decade of experience in community leadership and nonprofits, and is committed to advocacy and policy projects that address racial disparities. In her previous role as a community organizer, Ramla facilitated processes that generated people-led, effective campaigns. She lead the successful campaign to develop a Restorative Justice Pilot program in City Heights as an alternative to the punitive court system in an effort promote safety, and reduce the over-reliance on the incarceration of racial minorities. As a past fellow of the Women’s Policy Institute, a program of the Women’s Foundation of California, Ramla    ...

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What are your critical thinking questions related to the refugee crisis?

The subject of The Refugee Crisis is ripe with critical thinking and community building opportunities across many disciplines: Who are the refugees living in our community and attending our classes and where have they come from? What are the root conditions that result in 59.5 displaced people worldwide? What is the relationship between western colonialism and the current refugee situation? What is the ethical/moral obligation of western nations to address the crisis? What historical American values are challenged by our response to the refugee crisis? What is the relation of racism, religious intolerance and Xenophobia to our national response? What effect will global climate change have on the refugee situation? Use the comments box to add your questions...

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