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A Pathway to Citizenship: The Role of the Community
Join A Faith That Does Justice for a discussion about the challenges facing immigrants in the United States and the current proposed legislation to create pathways to citizenship. Learn how you can support the immigrant community. We are pleased to welcome immigration experts to the conversation:
• Iván Espinoza-Madrigal, Executive Director, Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR)
• Eva Millona, President and Chief Executive Officer, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA)
• Peter Gyves, SJ, MD, Founder of A Faith That Does Justice (moderator)

Apr 27, 2021 06:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Eva Milona
President and Chief Executive Officer @Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA)
Eva A. Millona is President & Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), the largest coalition in New England promoting the rights and integration of immigrants and refugees. She is also co-chair of the National Partnership for New Americans, the lead national organization focusing on immigrant integration. She joined MIRA in 1999 and is recognized nationally & internationally as leader on immigration policy and immigrant and refugee integration. She serves on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, the Massachusetts Governor’s Advisory Council for Refugees and Immigrants, the Attorney General’s Council for New Americans, and the Advisory Board for the Boston Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement. She has received numerous awards for her advocacy and leadership, including the prestigious 2009 Outstanding American by Choice Award from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the 2010 Wainwright Bank Social Justice Award.
Iván Espinoza-Madrigal
Executive Director @Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR)
Iván Espinoza-Madrigal is the Executive Director of Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR), the organization that filed the first lawsuits in the country against the Trump Administration to protect sanctuary cities; to save TPS on behalf of Honduran and Salvadoran immigrants; and to block immigration arrests in courthouses. Iván has filed and won dozens of life-changing and law-changing cases on a wide range of civil rights issues, including racial justice, immigrants' rights, and LGBT/HIV equality. Under his leadership, LCR has become a hub for litigation, advocacy, and resistance in response to the current climate. A summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, he received a Juris Doctor from NYU School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar. Iván recently received the Boston Bar Association’s Beacon Award, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Martin Luther King Award in Social Justice.
Peter W. Gyves, SJ MD
Founder, Director & President (Moderator) @A Faith That Does Justice
Peter is the founder and director of A Faith That Does Justice, an interfaith organization that challenges people to experience God by living their faith intentionally in service to others. It does this by showing how unjust societal structures marginalize people and by acting to help those in need. Its vision is people intentionally living their faith in action. Peter piloted the program in San Diego, CA in 2015 and moved the program to Boston in late 2016. Peter is a Board-Certified Pediatrician (1984) and Pediatric Endocrinologist (1986). His medical career also included scientific research at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD (1995-90). He entered the Society of Jesus in 2003 and was ordained a priest in 2008. He has lived and worked in several countries outside the United States, both as physician and a priest, including El Salvador and Guatemala during their civil wars of the 1980’s and early 1990’s, and in several English and French-speaking African countries.