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Undocumented | Edith Espinal Fights to Remain With her Family in Ohio

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Undocumented | Edith Espinal Fights to Remain With her Family in Ohio

Edith Espinal, an undocumented resident of Columbus who’s been in sanctuary at Columbus Mennonite Church, marked her 500th day in sanctuary on Valentine’s Day. Living inside a church, unable to leave for groceries, a date with her husband, or to visit her son when he was in the hospital last year has taken a toll […]

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Long-Time Ohio Resident Faces Deportation to Country that Once Enslaved Him

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Long-Time Ohio Resident Faces Deportation to Country that Once Enslaved Him

Amadou Sow sits in a jail cell at the Morrow County Correctional Facility. He hasn’t committed a crime, not since he came to the United States in 1991, but it’s where Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has kept him detained since his routine check-in back in August. His lawyers are fighting for an emergency stay. […]

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CRIS 5k for Refugees 2018

Kylie Harwell-Sturgill Kylie Harwell-Sturgill CRIS 5k for Refugees 2018

EARLY CHECK-IN for the run will be held at CRIS offices on September 7th. We are located at 1925 E Dublin Granville Road 43229. Please enter our reception office for directions to check-in. Thank you! In solidarity with the Central Ohio’s refugee and immigrant community, we invite you to join the CRIS family at our […]

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Protesters Gather Downtown, Call for Abolition of ICE

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Protesters Gather Downtown, Call for Abolition of ICE

The national movement to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) turned up the heat in Columbus on Monday, with a demonstration that shut down traffic Downtown for two hours and ended in 12 arrests. The event gathered between 150 and 200 protesters, all of whom came with the goal to shut down the local ICE […]

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Somali Graduation & Scholarship Program

  Somali Graduation & Scholarship Program

The SomalCAN Graduation and Scholarship Program is an annual tradition that celebrates the educational excellence of Somali-American youth who graduate from high schools and colleges in Ohio. The event will be held on July 7 at 6pm at Hilton Easton, 3900 Chagrin Drive, Columbus OH 43219. Scholarships will be awarded to a dozen students. Please […]

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Columbus Turns Out for Families Separated at the Border

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Columbus Turns Out for Families Separated at the Border

It’s a beautiful day for a protest. That’s good news for those taking part in the nationwide action planned for Saturday, June 30, dubbed the Families Belong Together march. The local version took place at the Statehouse on Saturday morning, with a crowd of hundreds pouring into Capitol Square in the 90 degree heat. They […]

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Fight Family Separation Fundraiser

  Fight Family Separation Fundraiser

A fundraiser to FIGHT family separations at the border Drink Specials! Catering from Freedom a la Cart! Por’ketta Food Truck! A speaker from RAICES Texas with updates from the border! More speakers to be announced! And even more activities and advocacy opportunities! Join us at the St. James Tavern for fundraiser to benefit two charities: […]

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