Sunday Speaker: Rekha Nair, The Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project

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Humanist Community Center

627 W. Rio Salado Parkway · Mesa, AZ

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Located in MESA (85201) on West Rio Salado Pkwy (formerly W 8th St), between Alma School and Country Club.

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Rekha Nair, a first-generation immigrant who grew up in Mesa, Arizona, will discuss issues related to asylum seekers in Arizona that will include their reasons for fleeing to seek asylum in the United States and the systems that affect them once they arrive.

Because the government does not provide attorneys for people in immigration removal proceedings, an estimated 86 percent of the detained people go unrepresented due to poverty. Detained immigrants facing deportation in the U.S. do not have the right to a public defender. Without representation, many will lose their case and be sent back to the conditions they are fleeing. To some, this is a death sentence. It is the mission of the Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project to provide free legal and social services to detained adults and unaccompanied children facing immigration removal proceedings in Arizona.

Join us as Rekha Nair, the Phoenix Legal Action Network Lead attorney at the Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project, discusses the need for quality, free legal services for low-income, immigrants and refugees through stories about the journeys of asylum seekers.

You can visit the Florence Project’s website for a documentary story project at this link:

You will also find some of their client stories here:

Doors open at 9:00 am for optional buffet breakfast ($5 donation) and socializing. Presentation begins at 10:00 am.

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The Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix presents its Sunday Speaker meetings twice a month on Sunday mornings.

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