The challenges facing people seeking asylum in Maine, and what is being done to help
The number of asylum seekers coming to Maine is rising, with more than 780 people arriving since the start of 2023. We’ll learn what challenges they are facing—including the obstacles to working legally --what service organizations and municipalities are doing to try to accommodate them, and what people can do to help. We will also discuss the opportunities that these new arrivals bring to the state. This show is part of our yearlong series about the changing face of Maine.
Mufalo Chitam, executive director, Maine Immigrant Rights Coalition
Lisa Parisio, policy and outreach attorney, Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project
Kristen Dow, director, Health & Human Services, City of Portland
Ari Snider, Report for America reporter, Maine Public; covers the immigrant, refugee and asylum-seeking communities of Maine
Julie Allaire, chief programs officer, Catholic Charities Maine
Alex Carter, policy advocate,Maine Equal Justice Partners