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2020 First of NJ and NY Beacon of Hope Awards Dinner

February 25, 2020

Please join First Friends of New Jersey and New York for our biggest night of the year as we come together annually to celebrate and honor many in the field of immigration rights.

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How to be the difference between terrible despair and hope

February 18, 2020

Delays...Delays...Delays... They say that good things come to those who wait. But for immigrants who are in prisons throughout the United States waiting for their immigration trial, that axiom couldn't be further from the truth.

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Powerful Love in a Simple Purple Coat

February 12, 2020

I sighed when I was asked if I would take a gently used coat for a coat drive I was running as part of my volunteer work for First Friends of NJ & NY. I had hit upon a highly successful and low effort formula of driving people to an Amazon Wish List to collect items for recent asylum seekers, many who “lose” all their belongings a combination of human coyotes and our US immigration system.

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How to Fill Your Life with Interesting People

February 05, 2020

I had just settled down to watch the Michael Jackson documentary, Leaving Neverland, when I received a text that dramatically changed the course of my evening. “Just learned that one of our detained friends is being released tonight, can you help?”

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I wanted a concrete way to offer my support

July 24, 2018

I first became involved with First Friends as a reaction to American travel ban proposals. I wanted a concrete way to offer my support to those already suffering through the hidden and often lengthy, inhospitable process of seeking asylum. (Helen Donaldson is a volunteer visitor with First Friends of NJ and NY.)

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