Michele Garnett McKenzie, from The Advocates for Human Rights, will speak about current issues on immigration on June 9 at 2 p.m. at Ascension Episcopal Church in Stillwater.

Ms. Garnett McKenzie is the Deputy Director, Director of Advocacy, and serves on the senior leadership team at The Advocates for Human Rights. She also leads the organization’s research, education, and advocacy team and is responsible for The Advocates’ domestic priority issues including migration and human trafficking.

The Advocates for Human Right is the largest provider in the Upper Midwest of free legal services to low-income asylum seekers. Thanks to their volunteers and staff attorneys, paralegals, and law students, they represent refugees and immigrants who cannot afford to hire an attorney. This organization was established in 1983 by a group of Minnesota lawyers who recognized Minnesotan’s unique spirit of social justice as an opportunity to promote and protect human rights worldwide. For more information about how this international organization has evolved in the world’s human rights movement, see their website: http://www.theadvocatesforhumanrights.org

Garnett McKenzie joined the Advocates for Human Rights in 1999 and currently works to document and report on human rights issues and is the author of publications on human trafficking and immigrant rights. No doubt she will bring an up to date understanding of immigration from the legal and human rights side of the issue.

This free presentation and discussion is sponsored by the St. Croix Valley Alliance NOW, Persisters for Human Rights Team. The St. Croix Valley Alliance is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization and the Persisters Team focus their activities on many human rights issues. For more information, see scvanow.org

There will be a membership meeting following the presentation and discussion.

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