Webinar for Immigration Activists Is Now Available

Immigration 101: An Introductory Webinar for Immigration Advocates in the Jewish Community,”  presented on November 17, 2011 is now available for viewing.

Click here to view and listen to the presentation (start at 0:10:52)

This webinar features the following speakers:

Ira Azulay is the founding partner of Immigration Attorneys, LLP and oversees the business and operations of the firm, including its global expansion strategy.  He is on the Board of Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, where he also co-chairs the Employment Law Committee and sits on the Public Policy Committee.  He is also on the Board of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, a member of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.  He holds a JD from Boston University School of Law, and a degree in history from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Wendy Braitman is a twenty-year media veteran, who began her career in San Francisco as an on-air journalist and producer in radio and television. Braitman launched and ran one of North America’s foremost incubators for independent film. She was Associate Producer of the award-winning film THE CELLULOID CLOSET and co-producer of playwright Philip Kan Gotanda’s feature film debut, LIFE TASTES GOOD. She helped create the landmark documentary film festival, SILVERDOCS, in conjunction with the American Film Institute and Discovery Channel and pioneered a web project linking filmmakers with financing executives. Wendy Braitman was awarded a Gerbode Fellowship, in recognition of her work in the nonprofit sector.

Melanie Nezer is Senior Director for U.S. Policy and Advocacy for the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS).  She directs HIAS’ Washington, DC office and coordinates with HIAS’ immigration and refugee services department.  Nezer is actively involved with education and advocacy on immigration, asylum, and refugee protection issues.  She is the current Chair of Refugee Council USA’s Advocacy Committee.  Before joining HIAS, she was the Immigration Policy Director for the organization now known as U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), where in addition to conducting advocacy on immigration and asylum issues, she was co-editor of Refugee Reports and a writer for the annual World Refugee Survey.  She holds a law degree from Boston College Law School and an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Jane Ramsey is the executive director of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, which combats poverty, racism and anti-Semitism in partnership with Chicago’s diverse communities. Guided by prophetic Jewish principles, JCUA pursues social and economic justice for Chicago’s most vulnerable neighborhoods by promoting a vision of empowering communities from within. Ramsey’s leadership since 1979 has enabled the JCUA to become one of Chicago’s most active and important organizations speaking on behalf of human and civil rights issues. She has a master’s degree from the University of Chicago, School of Social Administration and a bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

Vic Rosenthal is a founding organizing committee member and past board president of Jewish Community Action in St. Paul, Minnesota, and he was the executive director of the Minnesota Senior Federation for nine years. He has been a community organizer for more than 30 years — much of that time working on behalf of affordable and accessible healthcare and the concerns of senior citizens. Rosenthal earned his master’s degree in Public Administration at Rutgers University and his undergraduate degree at the State University of New York at Binghamton.

Rabbi David Saperstein  has been at the helm of the Religious Action Center (RAC) of Reform Judaism for over three decades.  During his tenure, he has headed several national religious coalitions, including the Coalition to Protect Religious Liberty.  He serves on the board of numerous national organizations including the NAACP, People for the American Way, National Religious Partnership on the Environment and the World Bank’s “World Faith Development Dialogue.”  In 1999, Rabbi Saperstein was elected as the first Chair of the U.S. Commission of International Religious Freedom, created by a unanimous vote of Congress, and in 2009, he was appointed by President Obama as a member of the first White House Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.