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AFIRE Community Leaders Meet with Philippines Consul General to Address Immigration Concerns

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION On March 8, in honor of International Women’s Day, AFIRE community members and leaders met with the Consulate General of the Philippines in Chicago to express concerns regarding the policies and actions being implemented by the current Presidential administration that bear serious implications on the security and safety of the immigrant community in the country. With the Consul General D.G. Calonge and Deputy Consul General Romulo Israel, the community leaders also shared their concerns about the lack of enforcement of workplace protections specific for the domestic workers amidst the mainstream labor policies in place. The Consulate General shared th

AFIRE Community Members Address Growing Concerns for ICE Activity through Know Your Rights Dialogue

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION (Chicago, IL) -- With the news that raids and arrests are more aggressively being pursued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers, many within our Filipino community feel unsafe, and fearful for their lives. In response to this, AFIRE staff and community members gathered at the Rizal Center on February 25, to discuss strategies for increasing awareness about the new law protecting domestic workers in Illinois, and to talk about preparedness practices in the event that a community member is approached by ICE. The Know Your Rights presentation and dialogue covered a variety of scenarios, topics and questions about immigration procedure, an

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