Group of local mothers will host fundraiser for immigrant children advocacy group(Top Row from Left to Right: Han Pham, Jessica Palumbo, Michelle Lapointe, Shelly Anand, Yael Sherman, Anne Radford, Stephanie Buzzell. Bottom row from Left to Right: Sonya Khan, Shiveh (Reed) Roe). Photo provided to Decaturish
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A group of local mothers has banded together to host a fundraiser for Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) Atlanta, an organization that helps and protects unaccompanied child immigrants.
The group of moms says they are taking a stance against family separation and deportation of immigrants.
The group of mothers includes Han Pham, Jessica Palumbo, Michelle Lapointe, Shelly Anand, Yael Sherman, Anne Radford, Stephanie Buzzell, Sonya Khan and Shiveh Roe. According to the fundraiser announcement, the moms came up with the idea to host a fundraiser after talking about the Trump administration’s controversial family separation policy.
“We were out for a rare happy hour together at the Imperial in Decatur […] we didn’t want to talk about the news, but the horror of family separation exerted a gravitational pull upon our conversation,” the announcement from the group says. “Those poor kids. Those poor parents. We imagined our children pulled away from us, calling for us, our cries for our children ignored.”
So, the mothers decided to host a fundraiser and educational event. The event will take place Aug. 23 at the Imperial. 726 W. College Avenue, Decatur, Ga. at 6:30 p.m.
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Additionally, several speakers will come to talk about immigration policies and what local families can do to help. The speakers include Christina Iturralde Thomas, the managing attorney of the Atlanta KIND Office, Michelle Lapointe, the senior supervising attorney at the Immigrant Justice Project at Southern Poverty Law Center and Arizbeth Sanchez, an undocumented student and activist working with Freedom University. The master of ceremonies is Brenda Lopez, Georgia’s first Latinx state rep.
For more information, email DecaturKIND@gmail.com.
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