Posted by: nabilabuhary | February 6, 2012

Highlights.

By Nabila Buhary, Global Intern at Human Rights First, New York City

Lori, Gina (Leon Levy fellow), Simon and I attended the launch of the book Green Card Stories. The launch was held at Cleary Gottlieb, which is a commercial law firm that does pro bono work with HRF’s Refugee Protection Program. The firm is located downtown near Wall Street. The book is a compilation of 50 different immigration stories, highlighting the face of immigration and reform. It’s a beautiful book. Well written, thought provoking and inspiring with incredible photos of each individual who took the time to share their story! I purchased one, choosing this to be the token of my time at HRF. Also, for every book sold $15 went to the Refugee Protection Program. More information about the book, including reviews, can be found at http://www.greencardstories.com/reviews/praise-from-the-public/

In terms of things I’ve done in New York: I saw a few Broadway shows, made sure to eat as many bagels as possible and finally found a place with decent coffee.

Last week was Holocaust Remembrance Week. We receive weekly HRF event emails. I decided to attend the screening of a film entitled the ‘Last Flight of Petr Ginz’ at the United Nations headquarters. The movie was about a boy from Czechoslovakia who documented his experiences during the Holocaust. He kept a personal diary with stories, poems and pictures. He also compiled a book, with over 100 stories written by over 100 boys. It’s a beautiful film. The events are seen through the eyes of a child. He wrote stories, including the story of Ka-du, an analogy of Nazi Germany at the time.

Yesterday I attended my first Merits Hearing at the New York Immigration Court. But I might leave that for another blog post!


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