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Central Valley Women to Join in the Celebration of International Women’s Day by Challenging Unlawful Human Rights Violations of Immigrant Families in the

Central Valley

#TIMEISNOW to respect and uphold immigrant women and their families’ human rights. 


Myrna Martinez Nateras, AFSC (559) 222-7678 or

WHAT:  Fresno, Calif. – On this International Women’s Day the Pan Valley Institute of The American Friends Service Committee will hold a press conference to express our voice for women’s rights, gender equality and justice particularly within our Central Valley immigrant and refugee women and their children who are facing so much distress amidst the harsh immigration policies that are separating our families and intimidating our communities.

Together with other local immigrant rights organizations we will join the rest of the globe in the United Nation’s International Women’s Day celebration under the theme #timeisnow by calling attention to the recent ICE activity in the Central Valley and the immediate chaos and instability that these detainments are causing to our communities.

We will call on our elected officials and the President to STOP using immigrants and refugees as a political game and demonstrate political will and wisdom to find a solution to the current immigration crisis they have caused.

WHEN: Thursday, March 8, 2018 12:00 PM

WHERE: Robert E. Coyle Federal Building, 2500 Tulare Street, Fresno

WHO: Pan Valley Institute of The American Friends Service Committee


March 5, 2018

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Established in 1998, AFSC’s Pan Valley Institute (PVI) in Fresno, California, has been at the forefront of serving thousands of immigrants in California’s multicultural Central Valley. PVI’s work is grounded in   the knowledge that immigrants bring enormous cultural capital and valuable perspectives to the Central Valley. By intentionally creating and opening public spaces to immigrants, PVI enhances expressions of creativity, stimulates a sense of belonging, and fortifies immigrant contributions to the Valley’s civic life