Upswell Podcast / Episode 4
// By Christian Clansky
Challenges surrounding immigration are front and center in our country. The fourth episode of the Upswell Podcast explores how two changemakers – one near Detroit and one in Los Angeles – are working to advance social justice for immigrant communities in those two places.
Our first conversation is with Hassan Jaber, executive director and CEO of ACCESS – the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services – in Dearborn, MI. Dedicated to community building and service to all in need, ACCESS provides a range of health and social services to a diverse population, and works to ensure a just and equitable society with the full participation of Arab Americans.
Then you’ll hear from Patricia Ortiz, an immigration attorney and program director for the Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project in Los Angeles. Esperanza, a branch of Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, advocates for the rights of all immigrants, and provides legal and community education services to help immigrants navigate our immigration system.
The migrant story is as old as our country itself. In inspiring and compelling ways, Hassan and Patricia share how their sense of community helps to guide their work to enable and empower those in need. Take a listen!