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Former Hackworth Fellow Awarded Echoing Green Fellowship

Thursday, Jun. 7, 2012

Christina Fialho, formerly a Hackworth student fellow at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, has just won an Echoing Green Fellowship to support CIVIC, Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement. She and fellow activist Christina Mansfield, also named an Echoing Green Fellow, hope to "end the isolation of migrants in civil detention by building and strengthening community visitation programs across the United States." Prior to starting CIVIC, Fialho co-founded the first immigration detention visitation program in California.

Since 1987, Echoing reen has funded more than 500 fellowships for promising social entrepreneurs. Here is their description of Fialho and Mansfield's project:

At this very moment, more than 32,000 men, women, and children are detained by the U.S. government in jails and prisons for not having proper documentation. While lacking papers is not a crime, immigrants are often imprisoned for months--sometimes years--with little connection to the outside world. While over 80 percent of detained immigrants are unrepresented by legal counsel, many also are denied access to family and community support. CIVIC ends the isolation and abuse of persons in immigration detention by building and strengthening community visitation programs across the United States.

The Center's Hackworth Fellowships support SCU students to provide ethics programming for their peers.

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