Press Release

For Immediate Release: March 26, 2019

Freeholder Board Presents “Home is a Human Right: 6 Stories of Immigration”

Union County, NJ – Union County residents and visitors are invited to attend a free screening of the documentary Home is a Human Right: 6 Stories of Immigration on Tuesday April 23 at 7:00 p.m., at the North Avenue Academic Building of Kean University, 1075 Morris Avenue in Union Township. The free event is presented by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders through the Office of Community Engagement and Diversity in partnership with the YWCA of Union County through its Stand Against Racism campaign (https://standagainstracism.org/).

Agencies that offer services in support of undocumented refugees and immigrants will also be on-site before and after the screening to offer resources and guidance.

Home is a Human Right focuses a sharp lens on the threats that refugees and immigrants face in their home countries and here in the U.S.,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski. “It also provides informed, effective guidance for people who want to take action in support of human rights and protection for undocumented neighbors in our community.”

Home is a Human Right is seeks to highlight the human story of immigrants pursuing better lives in the middle of conflict by exploring the growing complexities of immigration in the United States. The series touches upon topics like DACA, refugees, sanctuary cities, medical care for undocumented immigrants and the plight of immigrant students. Details on the 6 short films can be found at https://www.bravenewfilms.org/home_is_human.

Stand Against Racism is a signature campaign of YWCA USA to build community among those who work for racial justice and raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in America. The screening of Home is a Human Right supports the 2019 Stand Against Racism campaign theme, “Immigrant Justice: No Hate. No Fear.”

The movie screening will be followed by two speakers and a discussion. The featured speakers are:

  • Victor Salama – Executive Director of First Friends of NJ & NY
  • Sara Cullinane, Esq. – State Director of Make the Road NJ

The event is co-sponsored by Community Access Unlimited, Union County Interfaith Coordinating Council, Family Promise Union County, The Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless, and St. Joseph Social Service Center

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Nathalie Hernandez, Coordinator, Union County Office of Community Engagement & Diversity by email at nahernandez@ucnj.org or by phone at 908-527-4880.

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