Thursday, October 17, 2019
Ossining Public Library, 53 Croton Avenue, Ossining, NY 10562
Learn about our panelists:
Lay Missioner and Attorney
Heidi Cerneka is a Maryknoll Lay Missioner and an attorney working with the Las Americas detained team. Prior to Las Americas, she spent over twenty years working as an advocate with incarcerated women in Latin America. In Brazil, she worked in the trenches visiting the prisons every day while also sitting on state and federal government councils as a civil society representative of issues related to women and incarceration. She participated at UN human rights events regarding justice-involved women too.
She recently graduated from law school and was in Kenya for a year working with refugees through Jesuit Refugee Services and with a program that trained incarcerated Kenyan women to be paralegals. Now, she is an attorney at Las Americas, as part of the detained detention team, which means that she works with asylum seekers in El Paso and in Juarez. Every day is a new adventure in learning and in managing the effects of cruel policies that the current administration is perpetrating against those exercising their right to ask for asylum. Her theme in response to all of this is: Cultivate Indignation!
Leslie Stephanie Molina
Leslie Stephanie Molina is a Bilingual Paralegal Administrator at Neighbors Link. She recently received her Masters from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom in Migration, Superdiversity, and Policy. Her thesis focused on mixed-status families in the United States and how current immigration policies and enforcement practices, alongside constructed social factors impact them. Leslie is the daughter of immigrant parents from Guatemala and El Salvador.