Last year, we created an Advent Calendar to Support Immigrants and Refugees. This year, as the futures of tens of thousands of refugees, DACA recipients, and immigrants who are at risk for deportation remain in question, we have created an “Advent Calendar to Defend Immigrants and Refugees.” As we enter into a season of preparation for the birth of Jesus Christ, the immigrant and refugee, we encourage you to take one action every day to protect, serve, and love our neighbors from other countries. We have especially included a week of actions to defend DACA and urge Congress to pass a clean Dream Act. We encourage you to participate and share with your faith community in order to bring hope for the holidays for those who may feel hopeless.
Jennie Belle, Immigration and Farmworkers Director
Jennie was born and raised in Savannah, GA. She moved to Texas for her undergraduate education at Rice University, during which time she studied in Mexico, Peru and Argentina and participated in service projects in Central America. After graduation she moved to Spain for a year to teach English. Jennie then came to North Carolina for a dual degree MDiv/MSW graduate program at Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill where her work focused on advocating for farmworkers and organizing churches for social justice. Recently graduated, Jennie is excited to use these skills in her role at the Council of Churches as she works to help improve conditions for immigrants and farmworkers in the state.
Jennie lives in Durham and attends First Presbyterian Church. In her free time she enjoys dancing, distance running, traveling, walking her dog, and planning her upcoming wedding. Jennie can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.