Dynamic Speakers at the Engagement / by Ngoc-Tran Vu

We will have some awesome speakers that evening who will share their work and and resources on immigrants and refugees' rights:

 Justin NP, United We Dream   Photo: Justin NP

Justin NP, United We Dream

Photo: Justin NP

 Anwar Omeish, Harvard Anti-Islamophobia Network  Photo: Anwar Omeish, Twitter  link

Anwar Omeish, Harvard Anti-Islamophobia Network

Photo: Anwar Omeish, Twitter link

 Violeta Haralampieva, PAIR (Political Asylum/Immigration Representation)  Photo: Violeta Haralampieva,  PAIR  

Violeta Haralampieva, PAIR (Political Asylum/Immigration Representation)

Photo: Violeta Haralampieva, PAIR 

Justin Nguyen Phuoc is an undocumented Vietnamese immigrant who doubles as a Graphic designer & a digital organizer at United We Dream, the nation’s largest immigrant youth-led rights organization in the country. He came to the United States at the age of 14 from Vietnam & has been living & thriving as an undocumented person ever since. In addition to his role at UWD, he is also a community organizer based in Boston, organizing a collective of undocumented artists, as well as providing a space for other undocumented folks to thrive much like he did. Justin joined projects such as the Community in Action Mural initiative project with the hope of connecting more with his community in Dorchester & inspire an inclusive space for other undocumented AAPI to thrive.

Anwar Omeish is a junior at Harvard concentrating in Social Studies with a secondary in Statistics. Her involvement in PBHA began as a member of the Student Labor Action Movement (SLAM) and an attendee of the fall 2015 Advocacy and Organizing course. Since then, she has also begun volunteering with the Harvard-Rindge Muslim Youth Program. Whether on the picket lines with striking workers or with her mentees, Anwar has loved her time volunteering with PBHA programs, both addressing community needs and fighting for structural change. After serving as the Advocacy, Health, and Housing Programming Group Officer last year, she became even more involved in PBHA as a Programming Chair this past year. As President, Anwar hopes to build and expand PBHA’s community partnerships and mobilize students to support community-led advocacy and activism around important causes. (PBHA website)

Violeta Haralampieva, Esq., is a staff attorney at PAIR. She specializes in asylum law and assists with PAIR’s detention program. Violeta graduated from Boston University School of Law, and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Violeta was born in Bulgaria, grew up in the Czech Republic, and moved to the United States after her family won a Green Card in the U.S. Diversity Lottery. She became interested in working with immigrants while in college. She taught academic writing to English as a Second Language students for several years before law school. As a law student, Violeta was a member of the International Human Rights Clinic. She interned at the Irish International Immigrant Center and the PAIR Project, and completed a semester-long externship with the immigration law firm of McHaffey & Associates. Violeta was a recipient of a BU Law Public Service Post-Graduate Fellowship, which she used to work on asylum cases for six months in her native Bulgaria. She spent the following six months with the Refugee Solidarity Network in New York, conducting research and developing advocacy on behalf of refugees. Violeta is bilingual in Bulgarian and Czech. (PAIR website)