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How a local program is helping asylum seekers start new lives in Rochester

Two men and a woman wearing headphones sit at a table in a radio talk studio. The woman at left has shoulder-length dark hair and is wearing a green jacket and a black blouse; the man at center has short dark hair and is wearing a dark shirt; the man at right has short dark hair and is wearing a grey button-down shirt.
Megan Mack
Daisy Ruiz-Marin and Miguel Meléndez on "Connections with Evan Dawson" on Tuesday, March 26, 2024

A local program is helping families seeking asylum start new lives.

Through its Migrant Relocation Assistance Program, Ibero-American Action League has helped 65 families settle in the Rochester area since the fall. The program connects migrants to affordable housing, clothing, food, education and job opportunities, and more.

This hour, we talk with two of the program’s leaders about their work and the impact it has had.

Our guests:

*Note: You can access the wishlist for migrant families that Daisy Ruiz-Marin mentioned during the show by clicking here.

Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.