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Love Knows No Borders

Mar 7, 2022

A First Monday Lecture with Pedro Rios
7:30pm - 9pm Eastern Time (US & Canada) via Zoom.

Free to the public! Registration required.

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610-566-4507, ext. 137

The U.S. southern border region is one of the most diverse, economically vibrant, and safest areas of the country, home to about 15 million people. Yet the border region is commonly portrayed as a place that is out of control and lawless.

Pedro Rios will explore how his lifelong work and time with the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is dedicated to upholding the dignity of border residents and migrants who cross through the region, as well as the ways this work challenges the troublesome border narrative used to create detrimental public policy. He will highlight how problematic immigration enforcement practices have harmed both border residents and migrants, address common misconceptions about the border region, and underscore the importance of nonviolent direct action in amplifying voices from the region.

Finally, Pedro will share personal stories that have guided his journey as a human rights defender and how these are connected to his commitment to a vision where the power of love overcomes borders.


Pedro Rios is director of the AFSC’s U.S./Mexico Border Program and has worked for AFSC since 2003. He oversees a program that documents abuses by law enforcement agencies, collaborates with community groups, advocates for policy change, and works with migrant communities to build collective leadership locally and throughout the border region. Pedro has a master’s degree in Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State University. He is also a photographer and writer.

NB: This First Monday Lecture is online only. A Zoom link will be provided in the registration confirmation.

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