OAKLAND -- Immigration, social justice and spirituality are the focus of an all-day event Saturday at Mills College in Oakland.

The "Faith, Youth & Immigration" conference, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., is open to the public. It will offer a series of workshops on issues facing newcomers, particularly those who are Muslim and South Asian. A panel of five young immigrants, including a religious minority, a refugee and the daughter of a recent deportee, will share their stories.

The Rev. Deborah Lee, director of the Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights, will speak about the faith and rights of the young immigrants.

"Throughout history, faith-rooted social justice movements have toppled dictators and transformed our understanding of human rights," Lee said in a prepared statement. "Seeing immigration through the lens of faith can bring about understanding, respect for each of our migration stories and humane treatment and dignity for all."

The conference is co-sponsored by the United Religions Initiative, a global interfaith network based in San Francisco.



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