Students Work Nationally & Globally: Summer 2006
HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIzING EL PASO, TExAS
COMMUNITY ORGANIzING IN SOCIAL SERVICES ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA
“I worked with Families and Communities To- gether (FaCT), a unique partnership between the Social Services Agency and Orangewood Chil- dren’s Foundation to prevent child abuse. During my internship, I felt immersed in a community and had a hands-on experience with all aspects. I worked on various projects with community members of Orange County and Child Protec- tive Services workers, including organizing and attending trainings in community development, youth development, and domestic violence. My greatest enjoyment was putting together an ‘appreciation tea,’ in which eleven family resource centers were honored with a proclamation from the Orange County Board of Supervisors for their continuous service.”
“Working for Border Network for Human Rights in El Paso, Texas, afforded me the opportunity to work in community-based policy, media, and legal advocacy from the local to the international levels at a time when anti-immigrant public and political rhetoric created a border war zone. In conjunction with community members, I coordinated a campaign to end local law enforce- ment of federal immigration law and organized an authentic community border hearing attended by local, regional, and national elected officials. I witnessed the courage of collective action as immigrant communities struggled against daily indignities and for immigration reform and bor- der enforcement policy that take into account the human dignity of all people.”
Emily hugs two children in El Paso.
Antoinette celebrates at the appreciation tea.