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New Advisory Board Members Join the Latin American Relief Fund

By Ruth Hayward

Sher and Gary Davidson happily introduce the San Miguel de Allende advisory board for their new NGO, the Latin American Relief Fund (LARF, see article, Part I, in last week’s paper). The five new advisory board members are well qualified with much experience in nonprofits, social justice work, and immigration and refugee issues.

Dr. Daniel Neuspiel and his wife visited San Miguel and built a home here several years ago. In 2017, they moved to San Miguel full-time. Dan is a former pediatrician who has worked for many years with underserved families and disabled children in New York and Pennsylvania. He has served on boards of nonprofits and has a profound interest in social justice, immigration, and refugee issues.

Sandy Furrh is a retired licensed social worker who recently moved to San Miguel full-time from Memphis, Tennessee, where she was extensively involved in social justice work with the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center. Sandy served as the staff person in charge of the Central American Task Force. She aided Guatemalans and Salvadorans escaping death, torture, and disappearance in their countries during the 80s and 90s. She traveled to El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Sandy also serves on the steering committee of Caminandos Juntos, a local organization working to aid deportees from the US who return here.

Ezequiel Mójica is a native of San Miguel, a well-known activist for social justice and the executive director of Apoyo, a nonprofit committed to helping Mexicans bootstrap themselves out of poverty, to become financially independent for life. Ezequiel and his family live in a small barrio where they frequently help people from Central America integrate into community life. He shares LARF’s interest in the issues of refugees and immigrants.

Rhonda Berkewer is a part-time resident of San Miguel and a former immigration attorney in the Boston area for over fifteen years. During that time, she represented many Central American asylum applicants on a pro bono basis. She holds degrees from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education and from Northwestern University’s School of Law.

Honey Sharp Lippman and her husband divide their time between San Miguel and the Massachusetts Berkshires. She grew up in the country of Lebanon and witnessed the horrible conditions of Palestinian refugee camps, making her sensitive to the complex issues surrounding refugees and host countries. Honey has a master’s degree in cultural anthropology. In the US, she is involved in a free legal clinic, teaches English as a second language, and is a writer and photographer.

Watch for more information next week in Part III of these articles announcing a benefit for LARF, a showing of the award-winning film, Innocent Voices, on Sat, Mar 3, from 5 to 7 pm at Bellas Artes.


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