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Friday, June 19 • 10:30am - 11:30am
Immigrants, Immigration and the Heart of the Matter

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Through the framework of personal narrative, this session will illuminate the human impact of America's broken immigration system. Listen to the human struggles and practical solutions discovered by immigrants every day in their quest for the flourishing of the image of God within.

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Noel Castellanos

CEO, Christian Community Development Association
Noel Castellanos has worked in full-time ministry in Latino urban communities since 1982. He has served in youth ministry, church planting, advocacy, and community development in San Francisco, San Jose, and Chicago. After serving on the board of the Christian Community Development Association for many years, he established the CCDA Institute, which equips emerging church leaders in the philosophy of Christian community development. He... Read More →

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Rudy López

Executive Director, Interfaith Worker Justice
Rudy López is from a small steel town in Indiana called East Chicago, where he currently resides. He developed his organizing skills by working as a community organizer in the neighborhoods of Pilsen and Little Village in Chicago. In the last two years, López has focused on the passage of comprehensive immigration reform, working as a senior organizer for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) based in Washington, DC. Serving... Read More →
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Sister Norma Pimentel

Executive Director, Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley
Norma Pimentel is a sister with the Missionaries of Jesus. As executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley for the past 10 years, she oversees the charitable arm of the Diocese of Brownsville, providing oversight of various programs of emergency assistance, housing assistance, military assistance, clinical counseling, pregnancy care, immigration services, and jail ministry. She also leads communityefforts that respond to... Read More →
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Ravi Ragbir

Immigrant rights activist, New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City
Ravi Ragbir, an immigrant rights activist in New York City, has helped hundreds of people as an organizer with the New Sanctuary Movement. He works directly with those who are facing deportation to educate them about their case and to empower them to struggle against their deportation. He has trained numerous advocates from various immigrant and allied organizations on the impact of flawed immigration policies. Working with these groups, Ragbir... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am
Pryzbyla Great Room