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Phone: (734) ***-****  
Local Address:  Ann Arbor , Michigan , United States
Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights

Employment History

  • Clinical Social Worker, Instructor
    U of M School of Social Work
  • Therapist and Instructor
    University of Michigan School of Social Work
  • Associate Clinical Director
    University of Michigan School of Social Work
  • Washtenaw County Interfaith Coalition for Immigration

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Co-Founder
    Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights
25 Total References
Web References
Social Work professors lead immigration discussion - Common Sense Action, 11 Nov 2014 [cached]
Sherrie Kossoudji and Laura Sanders took up the subject on Tuesday, leading a discussion on U.S. immigration reform.
Kossoudji and Sanders, who are activists for immigrants' rights in the Ann Arbor community, spoke about the "push factors" that motivate people to cross the borders without documentation.
Sanders said immigration policy took a turn for the worse after 9/11, following the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security, referring to what many say are violent and dehumanizing detention and deportation tactics enforced on the undocumented immigrant community. According to national reports, 369,000 deportations took place in 2013.
Sanders is a co-founder of the Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights, an activist group that represents immigrants and works to ensure that they are treated fairly and within their rights. The group maintains an open phone line to help people who are facing abuse, detention or deportation. The group also provides educational programs for immigrants to make sure they know their rights.
Sanders said the organization has received more than 526 calls over the past six years. WICIR has also worked with the local government and sheriff to create a more humane environment for undocumented immigrants in the community. Sanders emphasized that new national immigration policies have begun to favor tough border security as opposed to legal pathways.
"There's a real necessity for legal pathways for the millions of people who are here right now," Sanders said.
She also said the immigration system that is designed to house permanent residents and the non-immigrant visitor system began to merge in the '70s and '80s, leading to the complicated bureaucracy we have today.
The Michigan Independent [cached]
WICIR coordinator, Laura Sanders, who paid visit to the man's home shortly after the incident, said the entire house had been "ransacked" adding that there was blood on the floor and a hole punched in a door to the bathroom, where the victim's wife and children were hiding during the raid.
Sanders addressed attendees at the beginning of the meeting to let them know that their presence was the foremost priority, stating, "It would have been interesting to have ICE present but it is more important to have the community here for discussion of these issues."
Michigan Friends Center - Conferences, Retreats, Meetings, Workshop and Celebrations in Chelsea, Michigan, 18 Feb 2011 [cached]
Immigration Rights and Racial Profiling, Laura Sanders
Many people are unaware that immigration law enforcement is having profound and unexpected consequences, not just in southwestern border states, but throughout the country, including Chelsea and other communities in Washtenaw County. Laura Sanders will speak about the activities of the Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights in Washtenaw County and the need for immigration law reform.
Sanders is one of the four co-founders of the Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights. WICIR is an all-volunteer, grass-roots organization, created in March of 2008 in response to an immigration raid of a local mobile home community where numerous people were deported and families were separated. WICIR responds to increased immigration enforcement in the Washtenaw area by providing for the immediate needs of affected families, community education, political action toward local policy and national immigration reform, and community organizing that brings the targeted, immigrant community into the center of the organization to guide our projects. WICIR volunteers make up a diverse group including people from various faiths, academic and social justice groups. Laura is also a clinical social worker, instructor at the U of M School of Social Work, and provides therapy to families in the area.
National Certified Trainers, 27 Aug 2011 [cached]
Laura Sanders, LMSW, ACSW Therapist/Instructor University of Michigan School of Social Work
Civitas - Tools For Shaping Children's Lives, 26 Feb 2002 [cached]
Laura Sanders, L.C.S.W.Associate Clinical Director of the Family Assessment Clinic, University of Michigan School of Social Work
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