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AFIRE and Community Advocates Commemorate International Human Rights Day

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION On December 10, nearly 70 community members gathered in commemoration of International Human Rights Day, the day on which the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. The forum was organized by community groups and human rights advocates in Chicago, including the Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment (AFIRE), Circa Pintig, Committee on Pilipino Issues (CPI), and Asian American Trafficking Outreach Project (AATOP Chicago). The theme of the gathering “I Stand Up for Someone's Rights” centered around building empathy, compassion, and solidarity. Speakers from a broad cross section of

AFIRE Continues Post-Election Support through Pro Bono Legal Consultation

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION As a new presidential administration approaches, fear and hopelessness continue to rise among marginalized people of color. Many within the Filipino immigrant and working class community seek answers to what a future under President-elect Trump might mean for them and their families. AFIRE extends its support by offering pro-bono legal consultations, covering an array of concerns such as citizenship, family petitions, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).. The service is offered by AFIRE’s Board President Attorney Roy John C. Basa, Jr. "After the elections, I received a lot of phone calls from the community asking what will happen under

AFIRE Welcomes Over 100 at Open House for a Night of Solidarity

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION On November 16, AFIRE hosted an Open House to celebrate its transition to the Rizal Center. But, in the wake of election results, AFIRE made it a priority to instead utilize their space for an evening of solidarity and community care, welcoming that night over 100 guests to its home seeking to reflect, share, and encourage one another during this time of political and social conflict. Amidst the conversations, and over an array of potluck dishes, the Open House was buzzing with positive energy, testimonials, and inspiring talks of plans for the future. “It was truly a memorable night, one that brought together many different members of our community

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