BENEFIT HONOREES AND MC

MASTER OF CEREMONIES

MILES GROSE has been featured on television and in film with comedians such as Curb Your Enthusiasm’s JB Smoove, Ricky Gervais and Gilbert Gottfried. He has also starred in several comedy viral films for The Onion and Mediocrefilms that collectively have totaled 5 million views. As a writer, Miles served as a Talent Producer on the highly rated MTV2 show Hip Hop Squares. As part of a writing team with JB Smoove, he has written on several New Media corporate projects for Mountain Dew, Paul Masson and Verizon, and most recently on a web series for Cinefix call I Heard. Miles has been a Teaching Artist in the New York Educational Theater scene for more than 20 years. Having worked with ENACT, NJ Young Playwrights, Plays For Living and Theaters For A New Audience Miles has had the unique pleasure of entertaining and servicing vast culturally, ethnically and economically diverse audiences. Miles has worked on several wonderful and rewarding projects with the organization that we are here for tonight. From custom crafted seminars to collaborative workshops to thought provoking original productions Miles is proud of and impressed by the work being done by the amazing people of Houses On The Moon.

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HONOREES:

AMERICAN FRIENDS SERVICE COMMITTEE IMMIGRANT RIGHTS PROGRAM

Through legal representation, community organizing, education and media presence the Newark-based Immigrant Rights Program of the American Friends Service Committee works to ensure that all immigrants to the US are able to exercise their human rights and fundamental freedoms. Human migration is a global phenomenon driven by political, social and economic considerations and the AFSC Immigrant Rights Program seeks to shape public opinion and immigration policy by increasing awareness of those factors. They strive to address immigrants’ access to legal counsel in the face of an expanded immigration system, one which shatters families through detention and deportation. They raise immigrant voices through leadership training, public speaking and participation in legislative and administrative advocacy and bring the stories of directly impacted people to influence future immigration policies and enforcement. They provide legal services for individuals facing deportation or detention, survivors of domestic violence or torture, unaccompanied immigrant children, and for families seeking reunification through immigrant applications. They affect change. Concerns heard through the organizing community have enabled IRP attorneys to file cases which have changed policies and procedures affecting immigrants on the state and national levels. They strongly believe in the power of creative efforts to further the rights of all people in the US. Stories taken from their attorneys’ cases have helped fine-tune advocacy work in presentations and media work. The partnership between Houses on the Moon Theater Company and the Immigrant Rights Program of the American Service Committee is one of our strongest collaborations, successfully using the arts to bring awareness to these issues and bringing more people into the struggle for change.

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M. ARYAH SOMERS was most recently a Fulbright Scholar in Guatemala at INGEP at the University of Rafael Landivar researching the repatriation and reintegration of migrant children deported from the United States to Guatemala. From 2009 to 2011, she was a Staff Attorney/KIND Fellow at The Door, an organization providing services to youth in New York, where she represented children in family and immigration courts. From 2008 – 2009, she worked as the Senior Program Associate at the Vera Institute of Justice in the Unaccompanied Children Pro Bono Program and also worked as a consultant for UNHCR/Ecuador on best interests determinations for refugee children. From 2005- 2008, she worked for the Florence Project in Arizona representing children in federal government custody in their deportation proceedings. From 2004-2005, she worked for AMERA in Egypt as a legal representative for unaccompanied refugee children. Aryah has her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center (2002), M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University (1999), and a B.A. from George Washington University (1997). Aryah has been an ongoing legal consultant for DE NOVO as well as a post show panelist and guest to speak about children’s migration issues.

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