On Sunday, Oct. 2, New Roads Social Justice Ministry presented a Forum entitled “Refugees and Immigrants: Their Rights – Our Responsibilities.” Moderated by Attorney Christopher Lavery of the Irish International Immigrant Center.
The gathering at St. Joseph’s Church in Belmont included a diverse group of speakers, including immigrants from Syria, Congo, Burma, El Salvador and Haiti, who shared harrowing tales of seeking refuge. Keynote speakers included Watertown resident Gabriel Camacho, who is Coordinator of Immigration Programs for the American Friends Service Committee.
A legislative panel was also convened at the event, comprising Senator William Brownsberger, Representative Jonathan Hecht, and Representative David Rogers. Watertown Citizens Refugee Support Group was also invited to speak.
The group and its activities were presented by Youla Hana, who is a Syrian immigrant and active member of the group. Joan Horgan, who is also an active member the Watertown group, was a central organizer of the Forum and gave the opening remarks on behalf of New Roads Social Justice Ministry.