Trump's administration has brought new importance to the concept of "advocacy." No longer is advocacy protected by a governing body and the law. The new administration and government agencies are publicly targeting immigrants and minorities. Luckily, social media has led to better representation of traditionally marginalized groups in both new and old media, like the queer community and people of color. Despite the huge grasp of social media, it's a tool only effectively utilized by people who've found a voice. What about the people who don't have the same capability to voice their opinions and issues?
One group who hasn't found their footing yet are immigrants new to their country. Whether they're asylum seekers or secondary migrants, they're viewed as the "other." As a result, their differences stand out as slights against their new American identity. Out of fear of this othering, most new communities isolate themselves. In parts of Brooklyn, Hasidic Jews stay within their Hebrew-riddled streets. In Maine, African immigrants, like the Somalis and Congolese, That's where we come in.
As advocates, it's our job to make sure every person has a voice in our community. If only a select few possess a voice because they're the most visible, then our community isn't be represented correctly. It's time immigrants and refugees are represented by people who understand their experiences and customs. In this blog, we will explore different forms of advocacy and the communities that benefit from it.