Tuesday, Feb 21 – 7 pm – JCCSF

The recent executive order on immigration has dominated the news. Who is affected? How will it be enforced? Is it legal? What is the reaction domestically and globally? And what can we do to help ensure the safety and dignity of victims of violence and persecution around the world? Join us for a community forum during which legal and immigration experts provide information and answer your questions. Advanced reservations are required for this free event.

With Madihha Ahussain, Muslim Advocates; Jonathan Blazer, ACLU; Grisel Ruiz, Immigrant Legal Resource Center; and Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan, Lehrhaus Judaica

Moderated by Peter Waldman, Bloomberg News

Madihha Ahussain serves as a staff attorney at Muslim Advocates and runs their Program to Counter Anti-Muslim Hate. She’s a nationally known expert on hate crimes and provides direct support and counsel to hate crimes victims. In her position, she travels the country to speak on hate crimes and hateful rhetoric coming from public officials. She also provides support for mosques facing opposition to construction or expansion in violation of the Constitution. In addition, Ms. Ahussain is the lead organizer of the End Hate Coalition, a group of over 65 organizations from across the country focused on fighting anti-Muslim bigotry.

As the ACLU’s Advocacy and Policy Counsel, Jonathan Blazer supports the advocacy efforts of ACLU staff across the country on immigrants’ rights and police practices. For seven years prior to joining ACLU, Jon worked with the National Immigration Law Center as a policy attorney and project manager. He also worked for six years as a legal services attorney in Philadelphia, where he specialized in public benefits law and founded the Language Access Project of Community Legal Services. He is based in San Francisco and works for ACLU’s National Political Advocacy Department.

Grisel Ruiz is a Staff Attorney in San Francisco where she focuses on the intersection between immigration law and criminal law. This includes advising attorneys and advocates on the immigration consequences of criminal offenses, training on removal defense, and supporting local and statewide campaigns to push back on immigration enforcement. In addition to technical assistance, training and campaign support in these areas, Grisel also helps lead the ILRC’s state legislative work.

Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan is Chief Program Officer and a Senior Educator at Lehrhaus Judaica. From 1990 to 2010, he served Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco as Rabbi and Educator, and in 2002, he was awarded the Covenant Award as “an Exceptional Jewish Educator who has had a significant impact on others, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the transmission of Jewish knowledge, values, and identity.” At Lehrhaus since 2010, he is engaged in community education for the Bay Area, focusing on text study, conferences, retreats and educational tours.

Come early to the JCCSF!
Starting at 6:00 pm, join us in the Pottruck Family Atrium to meet representatives of various organizations and learn about ways to get involved and offer support.