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Archives for March 2016
Earlier this year, Laurie Bergner, the current President of the IP’s Board of Directors, and former McLean County Sheriff Mike Emery spoke to the McLean County Diversity Project about one controversial issue impacting our nation: immigration. The McLean County Diversity Project is made up of junior high and high school students interested in learning about diversity issues in their own community. The students asked Bergner and Emery a variety of questions regarding the impact of undocumented immigrants on the U.S. economy, the fear of local police created through racial profiling, the Syrian Refugee Crisis, and the most recent I.C.E. raids. For the full story, click here.
On February 11th, the IP hosted a Happy Hour at Cowboy Monkey in Champaign as a way to introduce the agency to the community. A variety of professionals and students attended including participants in the Domestic Violence Clinic at the University of Illinois School of Law, a local judge, attorneys, and individuals associated with other non-profits in town.
Rebekah Niblock, the attorney running the Champaign office, and Laurie Bergner, the President of the Board, gave some back history on the organization as well as how the IP will continue to move forward in Champaign. There was a brief Q & A session afterwards where members of other local organizations shared stories and information on recent I.C.E. raids in the area. Thanks again to our gracious host, Cowboy Monkey, and to Beth Robinson for donating the appetizers.