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Sylvie Bisangwa of The Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota

July 14 @ 11:15 am12:15 pm

U.S. Customs and Border Protection - CBP Processing Unaccompanied Children

You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.

Deuteronomy 10:19


The House of Hope Welcomes Sylvie Bisangwa of the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota

The House of Hope’s Peace and Justice Committee has invited Sylvie Bisangwa of the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota (ILCM) to come and speak. She will examine our government’s ongoing imprisonment of refugees, particularly refugee children. She will also help us discern what we, as people of faith, can do about it. This is a timely issue and demands our attention and engagement.

About Sylvie Bisangwa

Ms. Bisangwa is a Policy Advocate at the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota. She came to the ILCM from UNHCR, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), where she worked most recently as a consultant in the UNHCR West Africa regional hub in Senegal. She worked in various capacities for UNHCR for six years, after graduating from law school at UW-Madison and the University of Texas at Austin.

Sylvie grew up and attended college in Texas, where her mother still lives. Her siblings are scattered around the country. The family came to Canada as refugees from Rwanda when Sylvie was eight years old, and later moved to the United States. Sylvie chose to move to Minnesota because, she said, it is “a good place to live permanently.”

About the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota

Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota (ILCM) is a nonprofit agency that provides immigration legal assistance to low-income immigrants and refugees in Minnesota. ILCM also works to educate Minnesota communities and professionals about immigration matters, and advocates for state and federal policies which respect the universal human rights of immigrants.

Further Exploration:

If you’d like to engage in exploring what Christians–especially Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Christians–are saying about this issue Rev. Wilson recommends:

  1. Christ in the Camps by Caitlin Flanagan at The Atlantic
  2. The Genesis of Exodus: The Roots of Central American Migration–the PC (U.S.A.)’s film on the causes of the current exodus of refugees from Central America.

  3. How We Treat Immigrants Is How We Treat God by Stephen Mattson in Sojourners.
  4. Immigration and the biblical law of the stranger by Mark W. Hamilton for The Christian Century
  5. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Office of Immigration Issues has a number of resources
  6. Presbyterian staff working with refugee issues say advocacy is important to stop inhumane treatment by the Presbyterian News Service
  7. Understanding the immigration status of refugees from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Office of Immigration Issues
  8. We Choose Welcomethe PC (U.S.A.)’s toolkit to support congregations in their efforts to fulfill the biblical mandate to “Welcome the Stranger.”

The above is not exhaustive but it is a start.



July 14
11:15 am12:15 pm
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