A young immigration paralegal working in Bend, Vanessa’s life has uniquely prepared her for addressing the humanitarian crisis on the border. Her call to return to work at the detention center in Artesia, NM is a justice mission of Nativity. As one of our new leaders in the Bend Youth Collective, this mission became clear as Pastor Chris and Ron Werner met to discuss her youth work.
Here’s what she recalls from her first trip:
“From the moment I heard what was happening in Artesia, things began to unfold before me and soon I found myself in a detention center in Artesia, New Mexico. Nothing could have prepared me for the next two and a half weeks.”