Rock Your HeART Out 2018!
Oct
27
8:00 PM20:00

Rock Your HeART Out 2018!

Dallas cares about international and domestic human rights. What better way to bring them all together to support this cause than listening to great music and seeing great art? HRI is excited to share their mission with a larger community of like-minded individuals.

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Howdy Y'all Potluck
Sep
8
12:00 PM12:00

Howdy Y'all Potluck

  • 6400 High Star, #131 Houston TX 77074 (map)
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When Houstonians say "Welcome Y'all", we mean all of you, no matter what your background is, or how you identify yourselves.

This is Houstonianism! Houstonians are proud of their Bayou City, the most ethnically diverse large city in the US!

Let’s celebrate our cultural fusion by having a potluck, meeting and making new friends, creating connections between us, and making our community stronger. Bring your ethnic dish, wear your traditional clothing, and enjoy being a new or native Houstonian!

We would like to give a special thanks to the Office of New Americans and Immigrant Communities, a division of the City of Houston, Department of Neighborhoods, for cosponsoring this cultural event.

Join us for the "Y’all Are Welcome Potluck"
When: Saturday, September 8th, 2018
12:00 pm-3:00 pm
Where: City of Houston Southwest Multiservice Center
6400 High Star, #131, Houston TX 77074

Seats Are Limited!

Please take any food allergies/sensitivities into account while preparing and eating the food available at this event.

Link:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScLUNw72Cj-T4CLVRsFgK4dSvRwA3GlRPq87_gwZ6wuNjm_QA/viewform?usp=sf_link

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Embracing Diverse Cultures in Trauma Assessment and Treatment
Aug
30
12:00 PM12:00

Embracing Diverse Cultures in Trauma Assessment and Treatment

  • Muslim Community Center for Human Services (map)
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Join us on Thursday, August 30th from 12 pm - 2 pm to learn more about this subject, specifically focusing on the intersecting populations that our agency works with: refugees, Arabs, South Asians, Muslims, and several other minority communities that many in the social services field are sadly misinformed about.

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Aug
18
5:30 PM17:30

Arts in Action

Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Church proudly
announces our Sixth Annual Arts in Action event in support of
local charities. There’s a variety of musical acts, poets, and
storytellers to entertain you, inspiring stories by our charities, a live
auction, and some door prizes.
PLUS the by-now famous Art Dash. 50 tickets will be sold for $35
each. When your name is called, you can claim any piece of art that’s left. Tickets are
first come, first served. Please note:
 You DO NOT have to buy an Art Dash ticket to come to the Arts in Action event.
 You (or your representative) have to be there to participate in the Art Dash.
 Ticket sales are limited. When they are gone, we can’t sell any more. Tickets are
being sold between services at NW. Any left will be sold at the door

Charities are: Refugee Services of Texas, Pure Mutts Animal Sanctuary, and Crisis Assistance Center.

Date(s) - Aug 18, 2018 

5:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Church

1370 North Millbend Drive

The Woodlands, TX 77380

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30th Annual Crimes Against Children Conference
Aug
13
8:00 AM08:00

30th Annual Crimes Against Children Conference

Internationally recognized, the Crimes Against Children Conference is the premier conference of its kind providing practical and interactive instruction to those fighting crimes against children and helping children heal. 

The conference is presented annually by the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center and the Dallas Police Department. The conference is conducted to provide training to those employed by government or nonprofit agencies in the fields of law enforcement, child protective services, social work, children's advocacy, therapy, and medicine who work directly with child victims of crime.

Conference Dates: August 13th - 16th, 8:30am - 11:30am

Purchase Tickets Here: http://www.cacconference.org/register

https://www.facebook.com/events/178606046088031/

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Aug
10
10:00 AM10:00

Job Fair - RST Austin and Houston

Face to face interviews on Friday, August 10th in RST Houston & Austin offices between 10 AM - 2PM! Full-time positions available in our Survivors of Trafficking Empowerment Program (both locations) and Family Reunification (families formerly separated at the border; Houston only). Please come with your cover letter and resume. Job postings available on our website. Tentative offers will be made on the spot!

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News Conference on Human Trafficking Prevention
Jul
26
4:00 PM16:00

News Conference on Human Trafficking Prevention

 DA Ricardo Rodriguez Jr. will hold news conference on human trafficking prevention at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 26

Hidalgo County Criminal District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez Jr. – in collaboration with Rio Grande Valley Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce, the Office of the Governor of Texas Child Sex Trafficking Unit, Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Border Patrol Joint Taskforce West South Texas Corridor, Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office, City of Pharr, and the Humanitarian Respite Center of Catholic Social Services  – will hold a news conference and informational fair to educate the community on human trafficking prevention on Thursday, July 26 at the Pharr Events Center.

The news conference, which begins at 4 p.m., will include guest speakers from federal, state, and local stakeholders.

Speakers include First Assistant Criminal District Attorney Juan Villescas; Todd Latiolais of the Office of the Governor of Texas Child Sex Trafficking Team; Deputy Timothy J. Tubbs of Homeland Security Investigations; SBPA Patrick Reilly of Operation Big Rig of the U.S. Border Patrol; Sister Norma Pimentel of the Humanitarian Respite Center; Mayor Amborsio Hernandez of City of Pharr; Marissa Cano and Investigator Juan Cano, Chairs of the Rio Grande Valley Anti Human Trafficking Taskforce.  The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office Color Guard will present the Pledge of Allegiance and Rosie Martinez, HCDA Victims Unit Director, will emcee the event. 

Various agencies, non-profit organizations, and law enforcement representatives will participate in the informational fair, which will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. There will be food, drinks and door prizes for the public.

During the news conference, the City of Pharr and County of Hidalgo will present proclamations declaring July as World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.

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Jul
26
4:00 PM16:00

World Day Against Trafficking In Persons

Please join the Hidalgo County Criminal District Attorney's Office and the Rio Grande Valley Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force at the 'World Day Against Trafficking In Persons" Prevention Event. The event will be held on July 26, 2018 from 4-8 p.m. at the Pharr Event Center located at 3000 N Cage Pharr, TX 78577. Attached is registration for agencies to set up an informational table. The event will include the reading of a proclamation and a press conference with speakers from federal, state, national and local agencies working to combat human trafficking. The event program, agenda, and other materials will be distributed at a later date. 

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RST Fort Worth Volunteer Orientation
Jul
25
6:00 PM18:00

RST Fort Worth Volunteer Orientation

  • Refugee Services of Texas - Fort Worth (map)
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Hello prospective Fort Worth volunteers! Interested in volunteering with RST and serving refugees in your community? Sign up for our upcoming Volunteer Orientation on Wednesday, July 25th, from 6PM - 8PM on Volunteer Hub here:

https://rstx.volunteerhub.com/lp/fortworth/

Spots are limited, so please secure a spot by registering above! In order to participate in RST volunteer opportunities, all individuals are required to attend a Volunteer Orientation by signing up on Volunteer Hub and creating an account and password. Once you have signed up to attend an orientation, please bring $10 for a background check that will take place the day of. Most Volunteer Orientations will last 1.5 - 2 hours. We will provide an overview of RST and our current volunteer opportunities. We look forward to meeting you!

***We are located in the office building across from the Fiesta on the third floor (suite 320). Please call our office at (817)-413-3772 for assistance with directions.

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Jul
21
5:00 PM17:00

Abba's House Grand Opening

lease join us as we throw open the doors to celebrate the goodness of our God in building Abba's House - a place of welcome and restoration for refugee women and their children.  Take a tour of the house, enjoy food and fellowship, and hear more about the ministry and campus plans.  We are preparing to receive our first family, God willing, in August.

Event is "come and go" throughout the evening.

Please RSVP so we know how much food to provide

Please RSVP here: https://www.evite.com/event/020AV4GE3DYQRICCYEPIPYLGDUM4QI/rsvp?utm_campaign=send_sharable_link&utm_medium=sharable_invite&utm_source=NA

 

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Simpatia Sin Compasion: Refugee Testimonials
Jul
21
5:00 PM17:00

Simpatia Sin Compasion: Refugee Testimonials

RST Fort Worth is excited to partner with artist Bernardo Vallarino for his upcoming show, Simpatia Sin Compasion, inspired by the stories of those displaced by violence and the stories and experiences of some of our clients.

"The intent of this body of work is to create awareness and self-reflection on the suffering of those displaced by violence." - Bernardo Vallarino

Refugee Testimonials: Saturday, July 21st, 2018 • 5-6PM

Join RST Fort Worth as we listen to refugees share their stories and journeys of seeking safety here in the Texas. At RST we know that refugees make our communities stronger and vibrant. We hope to create dialogue and support with community members and recognize the strength and humanity of refugees as we listen to these important stories. Join us for an evening of conversation and community building. 

This event is free and open to the public. Donations welcomed. Proceeds from the exhibition will benefit Refugee Services of Texas.

www.bernardovallarinoart.com

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Celebrate Welcoming at Okra
Jul
20
4:30 PM16:30

Celebrate Welcoming at Okra

WhoooHOOO! RST won the Okra Charity Saloon contest in June so during the month of July we will be receiving the proceeds from the bar. So come on down to celebrate welcoming in Houston! Look for the RST T-shirts to talk to our staff about our programs and share some waffle fries.  Help us celebrate Houston 's diversity and welcoming spirit! 

Okra Charity Saloon: 924 Congress Ave, Houston, TX 77002

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FREE Community Food Market
Jul
20
8:30 AM08:30

FREE Community Food Market

  • Tarrant County College - Northwest Campus (map)
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The Community Market is a free produce market to our community. Sometimes there is meat, bread, desserts and other items as well. The market is set up as a farmers market and you can pick and choose which items you wish to take. Please bring your own bags, buggies, helpers, etc.

RSVP on the Facebook event page here.

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Jul
17
to Jul 18

Immigration & Family Separation Crisis: Understand, Connect, Act

The Rothko Chapel and Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative are partnering to hold a thoughtful, non-partisan community gathering to educate the Houston community on why families are fleeing central America, the resulting separation of families when they arrive to the U.S border, and the issues around family detention and the criminalization of refugees. Program attendees will hear first-hand accounts of what is occurring on the border and in Houston area immigration detention centers and learn about actions they can take on the local, state and national level to address this issue. The program is followed by a reception on the plaza.

Program participants include: Kate Vickery, Executive Director of Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative; Anne Chandler, Executive Director of Tahirih Justice Center's Houston office; Lomi Kriel, Houston Chronicle Reporter; and Dalia Castillo-Granados, American Bar Association Children's Immigration Law Academy (ABA CILA); moderated by Zenobia T. Lai, Legal Director of the Cabrini Center for Immigrant Legal Assistance of Catholic Charities USA

This program is free and open to the public. Please register in advance through the ticketing link. http://www.rothkochapel.org/experience/events/register/1541

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Simpatia Sin Compasion: Panel Discussion
Jul
14
5:00 PM17:00

Simpatia Sin Compasion: Panel Discussion

RST Fort Worth is excited to partner with artist Bernardo Vallarino for his upcoming show, Simpatia Sin Compasion, inspired by the stories of those displaced by violence and the stories and experiences of some of our clients.

"The intent of this body of work is to create awareness and self-reflection on the suffering of those displaced by violence." - Bernardo Vallarino

Panel Discussion: Saturday, July 14th, 2018 • 5-6PM

The Panel Discussion will feature staff from Refugee Services of Texas Fort Worth, former refugees, artist Bernardo Vallarino, and others. We will be discussing the state of refugee resettlement and how you can support refugees in your community. 

Panel Moderator: Lauren Cross

Lauren Cross is an artist, curator, and scholar, who holds a MFA in Visual Arts from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA (2010), and a PhD in Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies from Texas Woman's University (2017). She is currently a Lecturer for the Department of Art Education Art History's Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies (IADS) program, and the founder of the arts non-profit, WoCA Projects, in Fort Worth, Texas. Cross' research addresses critical multicultural approaches in arts practice, arts entrepreneurship, curatorial studies, museum studies, and art history.

This event is free and open to the public. Donations welcomed. Proceeds from the exhibition will benefit Refugee Services of Texas.

www.bernardovallarinoart.com

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RST Fort Worth Volunteer Orientation
Jul
11
6:00 PM18:00

RST Fort Worth Volunteer Orientation

  • Refugee Services of Texas - Fort Worth (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Hello prospective Fort Worth volunteers! Interested in volunteering with RST and serving refugees in your community? Sign up for our upcoming Volunteer Orientation on Wednesday, July 11th, from 6PM - 8PM on Volunteer Hub here:

https://rstx.volunteerhub.com/lp/fortworth/

Spots are limited, so please secure a spot by registering above! In order to participate in RST volunteer opportunities, all individuals are required to attend a Volunteer Orientation by signing up on Volunteer Hub and creating an account and password. Once you have signed up to attend an orientation, please bring $10 for a background check that will take place the day of. Most Volunteer Orientations will last 1.5 - 2 hours. We will provide an overview of RST and our current volunteer opportunities. We look forward to meeting you!

***We are located in the office building across from the Fiesta on the third floor (suite 320). Please call our office at (817)-413-3772 for assistance with directions.

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Simpatia Sin Compasion: Art Exhibition
Jul
6
6:00 PM18:00

Simpatia Sin Compasion: Art Exhibition

RST Fort Worth is excited to partner with artist Bernardo Vallarino for his upcoming show, Simpatia Sin Compasion, inspired by the stories of those displaced by violence and the stories and experiences of some of our clients.

"The intent of this body of work is to create awareness and self-reflection on the suffering of those displaced by violence." - Bernardo Vallarino

Opening Reception: Friday, July 6th, 2018 • 6-9PM

Panel Discussion: Saturday, July 14th, 2018 • 5-6PM

Refugee Testimonials: Saturday, July 21st, 2018 • 5-6PM

This event is free and open to the public. Donations welcomed. Proceeds from the exhibition will benefit Refugee Services of Texas.

www.bernardovallarinoart.com

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Families Belong Together and Free Rally - Austin
Jun
30
12:00 PM12:00

Families Belong Together and Free Rally - Austin

Donald Trump and his administration have cruelly separated children from their families and are detaining them in environments harmful to their health and wellbeing. But we won't allow it to continue.

On June 30, we’ll join with people rallying in Washington, D.C. and around the country to tell Donald Trump and his administration to end this cruel and inhumane zero tolerance policy, to stop dehumanizing immigrants and migrants, and to end famil detention and separation.

Do not be fooled by the executive action. While we hope it will slow the flow of new children being separated from their families at the border, it does nothing about the thousands children in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement. It also allow for the indefinite detention of children with their parents, which has its own perils. Detaining asylum seeking families and children is a human rights abuse that will add continued trauma to these already vulnerable families. Alternative humane options exist and in fact have worked well for decades our country.  

On June 30 send a clear message to Donald Trump and Congress that we demand humane treatment for all!

Visit the event website to find logistical information about parking, volunteering, donating, tips for managing the heat, sign making and more. http://www.keepfamiliestogetheratx.org/

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Donald Trump y su administración han separado cruelmente a niños de sus familias y los están deteniendo en ambientes dañinos a su salud y a su bienestar. Pero nosotros no dejaremos que esto continué.

El 30 de junio, nos uniremos a la gente manifestándose en Washington, D.C. y en el país para decirle a Donald Trump y a su administración que le ponga fin a la cruel e inhumana política de cero tolerancia, que le ponga fin a la deshumanización de inmigrantes y migrantes y a que le ponga fin a la detención y separación de familias.

No se vean engañados con la orden ejecutiva. A pesar de que esperamos que reduzca el flujo de que nuevos niños sean separados de sus familias en la frontera, la orden no hace nada en cuanto a los miles de niños en la custodia de Office of Refugee Resettlement. También permite que la detención de los niños con sus padres sea de tiempo ilimitado, lo cual tiene sus propios riesgos. Detener a familias y niños en busca de asilo es un abuso a los derechos humanos que continuarán añadiendo trauma a estas familias ya vulnerables. Opciones alternativas humanitarias ya existen en nuestro país y de hecho han funcionado bien por décadas. 

El 30 de junio enviémosle un mensaje claro a Donald Trump y al Congreso de que demandamos trato humanitario para todos. 

Parking: There is parking at the Capitol Visitor’s Parking lot (1201 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701) as well as street parking around the Capitol and downtown area. There are also bus routes available through Metro if you’d like to avoid any parking hassle, https://www.capmetro.org/plan/.

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Families Belong Together Rally
Jun
30
10:00 AM10:00

Families Belong Together Rally

Immigrant families are being torn apart. The Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have a long history of engaging in inhumane tactics. We won't allow it to continue. On June 30th, people will rally across the country demanding an end to family separation. 

Join us to call for an end to the harmful programs and policies that normalize a bigoted anti-immigrant agenda. Come take a stand against rogue agencies that harm families by operating with little accountability. It's time to end child cruelty and human cruelty so immigrant communities don't continue to suffer.

LOCATION DETAILS: We will meet at the Tarrant County Courthouse and march to the plaza of the Fritz Lanham Federal Building for speakers. 

Please be advised that two events were being planned by different entities and are both posted on the Families Belong Together website. We are combining efforts for ONE march and rally. 

RSVP on the Facebook Event here.

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