BRANCHBURG, NJ - The Bridgewater Democratic  Committee and the Fair and Welcoming Communities Coalition will present "Documentary and Dialogue: Refugees and Immigrants -  Issues, Rights, Services and Misconceptions" June 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Raritan Valley Community College Library conference room, 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg, NJ.

The event is free to the public.

Daniella Hobbs, a 2013 graduate of Bridgewater Raritan High School and a 2017 graduate of Ithaca College, will present her jury award-winning documentary, "City of Good Neighbors."  Hobbs received the Directors Guild of America 2016 Student Film Award for this film about the refugee community in Buffalo, NY, and how those residents are contributing to the overall development of the city.

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Attorney Joyce A. Phipps will discuss issues, rights, services and misconceptions of the immigrant community. Phipps is director/attorney at Casa de Esperanza in Bound Brook, and provides legal representation to immigrants and their families with DHS/USCIS and DOJ, assists with the training and supervision of staff and law school students, and develops and presents professional training and workshops for service providers, clergy, community and government leaders.  

"Many of us have misconceptions about immigrants. We haven’t walked in their shoes," said Sandra Rhue, Bridgewater Democratic Committeewoman.  "Ms. Hobbs and Ms. Phipps’ expertise will help take our conversations to the next level so we can better understand the challenges.  Immigrants and refugees are not just statistics or people hiding in the shadows.  They are good neighbors facing complex issues. If the BDC and the FWCC can do something to help our neighbors, let's do it."