ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The Essex County branch of the Women's International League for Peace & Freedom will host a "First Friends" presentation at their Wednesday, Jan. 9 meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the Annex Building of the Montclair Cooperative School, 65 Chestnut Street in Montclair.

First Friends is an advocacy group for immigrants housed in Government Detention Centers, including those seeking asylum. First Friends strives to "uphold the inherent dignity and humanity of detained immigrants by promoting compassion through volunteer visitation, resettlement assistance and advocacy."

The group stated that the public is invited to attend and learn more about what they can do to "ease the suffering and contribute to the public voice for those who have no voice."

For more information, call Fran Gardella at 848-448-4335. First Friends has a website,, with additional information. In the event of snow, the presentation will be rescheduled at a date TBD.