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Conference Speakers

Jennifer Doerrie is the Immigration Legal Services Advisor for West Coast Mennonite Central Committee in Reedley, California.  She has practiced immigration law exclusively for over 12 years, primarily with non-profit organizations, and she has been recognized by the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association and various community organizations for her pro bono work on behalf of low-income immigrants and their families.  She also traveled three times to Warsaw, Poland as part of an international delegation making recommendations on reform of immigration and refugee law prior to and during Poland’s admission to the European Union.  Ms. Doerrie received her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and her bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Political Science from (Southwest) Texas State University.

Miriam Cardenas is the daughter of Mexican immigrants. Her life has been shaped by her personal journey and experience growing up in the US and in Mexico. During her time as a field worker in Fresno CA , she discovered her work and passion as an immigration advocate.  For the past 17 years, Miriam has advocated for and assisted immigrant families through the immigration process. She has vast experience in immigration and uses this knowledge to inform and empower the immigrant community through education and advocacy efforts. She is currently in her 9th year as a staff member with West Coast MCC Immigration Program.  Miriam is an accredited representative before the Board of Immigration Appeals and assists families as they navigate through the immigration legal system.   She is an active participant in her community and enjoys serving with Kings Canyon Unified School District as the chair of the District English Learners Advisory committee; she is a mentor mom with Community Youth Ministries and serves as a core member of the Reedley Police Department Victims Unit, in restorative justice efforts.

Michael Chamberlain is an instructor and an instructional designer at Portland State University. Michael teaches a senior capstone class titled “Organizing and Defending Immigrant Workers”. Previous to his present career in education, Michael dedicated more that two decades to union and social justice organizing. Michael helped to organize a secondary boycott in support of the United Farm Workers (UFW) in Minneapolis in the 1970’s. He also marched with the UFW and covered their struggles in the Salinas valley as a journalist in the 1990’s. Michael served as union steward, safety committeeman, and led outreach and solidarity committees in the United Autoworkers, United Steelworkers, and the International Association of Machinists.

And our Panel Speakers who will share and answer questions about their work in the immigrant community:

(bios coming soon!)

Charlie Gingrich

Elizabeth Sherwood

Laurie Hoefer

John Munson

Ken Comfort

Ty Olson

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