Finalist

Ravi Ragbir

Re-imagining freedom for people of color and immigrants targeted by unjust criminal and immigration systems by using the defense committee model to expand the idea of Sanctuary beyond physical space

Black and white photograph of activist Ravi Ragbir
Year
2021
Sector
Civics
Borough
Brooklyn
Black and white photograph of activist Ravi Ragbir

Since his release from ICE custody, Ravi has worked tirelessly to stop deportations and expose a system confusing even to experts in the field of immigration rights. While leading protests and participating in vigils and civil disobedience around 26 Federal Plaza — ICE’s HQ — Ravi envisioned a plan to partner non-citizens with citizens who accompany them during immigration proceedings. In parallel, he built a legal clinic for those without representation. Ravi’s extensive network now includes committed citizens who rally, garner media attention, and re-imagine “protection” for those at risk of deportation, educating the public and helping to keep thousands of people in the U.S.

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