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Temple Micah Migrant Support Symposium: Asylum: Lifeline or Limbo?

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Presented in partnership with HIAS and The Davis Center for Social Justice at Temple Sinai.

This program will examine two of the most significant and problematic programs along the United States-Mexico border in recent history and implore participants to consider how they can demand and support a more just asylum system in the United States. Newly-arrived immigrants from Afghanistan, Honduras, Ukraine and elsewhere all require an equitable and efficient pathway to long-term legal status.

Taking a careful look at the policies governing our southern border as well as the many ways that HIAS provides legal and asylum services to migrants in need, allows us to think about how to approach the broken immigration system we face today and how to demand better on behalf of those seeking safety at our shores. 

Featuring HIAS VP of Policy and Advocacy Naomi Steinberg, Senior Director of Legal and Asylum Smita Dazzo, Director of Clergy and Congregations Rabbi Sarah Bassin, Temple Micah Migrant Support Paralegal Erin Namovicz, and more. 

Register to attend either in person or on Zoom.

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Erin Namovicz

The Temple Micah/HIAS partnership is unique for American Jewish congregations. When Sukkat Shalom learned, during our 2019 trip to the Mexico/Texas border, that the primary need was for legal assistance for refugees and asylum seekers, we undertook a year-long, deep conversation with HIAS leadership to figure out how best to target our support. With your help, we created the Border Paralegal position at HIAS. This is sacred work that we are honored to be sharing with our friends at HIAS.

Temple Micah’s first HIAS Border Paralegal, Erin Namovicz, has been hard at work since January 2022, helping clients applying for asylum, special immigrant juvenile status, U-visas, unlawful presence waivers, and work permit applications. Her work has been instrumental in providing quick service for HIAS’s clients.

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