education and outreach are some of the most important functions
of Immigrants First. We are passionate about informing the
public of the behind-the-scenes perspective on intriguing
and controversial topics such as: immigration and migration,
human rights, women’s rights and empowerment issues, international
law, and transformative justice. Our goal in providing these
opportunities of awareness is to inspire, uplift, and mobilize
individuals and communities towards greater self-empowerment
and fulfillment of potential.
of our outreach is done through the Firm’s principal, Lisa
Johnson-Firth. A gifted orator, speech writer, and trainer,
Ms. Johnson-Firth has had many commendations for her presentations.
And, with ever-increasing global migration, and new trends
in gender dynamics and transformative justice, her speeches
are relevant and thought-provoking — sometimes even life-changing!
contact our Firm if you would like to have Ms. Johnson-Firth
speak at your next event, such as a bar association dinner,
nonprofit gala, university class, or community forum.
Accolades for Ms. Johnson-Firth’s Public
Speaking and Trainings
Department of State Program Officer:
I am writing to pass on sincere thanks and appreciation for your willingness
to meet recently with participants in a U.S. Department of State sponsored
International Visitor Program titled, Combating Trafficking in People.
The group was delighted that you were able to meet with them and described
your briefing as extremely enlightening and informative. They were struck
by the engaging and candid manner in which the meeting was conducted,
and cited it as one of several highlights of the Washington phase of the
Program. I am certain that the visitors will long remember their visit
to the United States, thanks in large measure to your efforts on their
behalf. I am delighted that you were available to assist with the project
and look forward to the possibility of working with you again on future
U.S. Department of State sponsored International Visitor programs.
from Human Rights Law Group: I
really enjoyed your presentation today at the International Organization
of Migration. For me, you communicated the scope of the [trafficking]
problem and its nuances in an accessible and captivating way. Your comments
regarding the competition between “employer” and employee” for a seat
at the patriarchal table were particularly interesting.
Women’s Development Institute International: I
would like to thank you again for your help in making the of Comfort Women
Then and Now seminar such a success. We were thrilled to have over 100
people in attendance, for the dinner and subsequent lecture. The stories
of you work and experiences brought to life the current terrors that women
around the world are facing. It was truly enlightening to have you address
us at the Free Library [of Philadelphia].
Vital Voices: You’re
great Lisa, and taught us all a lot today.
Femina, Russia Vital Voices Global Partnership: We
really appreciate the contribution made by Lisa Johnson-Firth. She is
a competent lawyer, a top level expert. Her participation enriched the
seminar, and all our trainees are interested in our continued cooperation.
Associate for the NIS Region, Internews Network: Lisa,
thank you so much for helping us with our Balarusian journalists and making
their training in DC a fulfilling experience. With your expertise and
insight, you added tremendous substance to the technical instruction provided
by our media trainer, which was absolutely wonderful in terms of giving
our participants a full picture in addition to providing them with skills
to cover the issue as journalists. So, many thanks, once again.
Director of local immigrants’ rights center: Lisa!
What you have written is just superb! How can we publish some of this?
We should consider writing an article based on how to provide such legal
services, as it would attract national attention. Don’t get tired of my
expression of my expression of appreciation, I feel it from the bottom
of my heart.
Executive Director: Thank
you for presenting at DVRP’S Advocates Program training. The information
you provided was invaluable and will ensure that our advocates will provide
quality services to community members. We look forward to working with
you in the future.
International Coordinator: Lisa,
thank you so much for coming all the way up here for our event! We were
so happy you came and served as a discussant for our Q&A session.
I’m still reeling from the event. SO MANY PEOPLE! I counted 60 who stayed
for the discussion – for us, that alone is a pretty big event. I’m also
really glad that our Amnesty Stop Violence Against Women Coordinator got
a chance to meet you. She came to our meeting the week after you presented
and was just astonished at the crimes against women around the world such
as acid burnings, rapes, sexual crimes, honor killings, etc. She has turned
the information into really positive, creative energy. I think especially
after the event and meeting you she will feel like she is part of a big,
successful movement. You not only contributed to a terrific event – one
of our best ever, if not our best – but you also helped strengthen our
group internally and promote us to the university community. Thank you,
participant in seminar on trafficking: I
just wanted to say thank you for coming to speak with our class, all I
have been thinking about is what I can do to help. I think I did a good
job at not crying last night but it was hard. I spend a lot of time online,
so I can get the word out that way. So thank you for making me aware of
the international slavery issue. I really had no idea that was going on.
So thanks again for opening my eyes to a whole new outlook.
participant in seminar on trafficking: Ms.
Johnson-Firth, I am originally for West Africa and I am student from the
Northern VA Community College. You presented in my domestic violence class
last Thursday and I was simply amazed by the whole presentation. You captivated
my attention as soon as you spoke and it was actually one of the best
presentations I have ever attended.
violence advocate, ACTS/Turning Points: I
wanted to thank you again for presenting for today’s Brown Bag lunch.
You have a marvelous way of stringing thoughts together for maximum impact…
while creating buy-in! Needless to say I am so pleased…and believe that
your talk will have lasting impact.
Professor, retired police officer, Northern VA Community College: Once
more an outstanding presentation! Your topics are always eye opening,
watching student faces it was apparent some were shocked. I hope you will
continue to do these presentations. Thank you so much for taking the time
to came and speak to my Domestic Violence Class.
Eastern Regional Office of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights: Dear
Ms. Johnson-Firth: On
behalf of the Virginia Advisory Committee and the Eastern Regional Office
of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, thank you for appearing before
the Committee’s public briefing on the Prince William Resolution on Illegal
Immigration-held on December 14, 2007. The proceedings established an
important record on this matter, and helped to highlight the need to establish
policies and practices that are non discriminatory. Thank you again for
you contribution to this review.
of Training, Amnesty International USA: I
want to say thank you very much for your role as a panelist for Amnesty’s
Youth Activist Kollege 2005. I want to take this opportunity to recognize
the role you played in making the program such a success. With your help
in the Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights Panel the participants acquired
a lasting appreciation for Amnesty International’s work, as well as the
motivation and skills to be leaders in their local AIUSA chapters. Your
contribution is recognized by the staff of the National Training Program.
Ms. Lisa Johnson-Firth, Thank
you so much for taking the time to grace the Public Leadership Education
Network participants with your presence. I have acquired so much more
knowledge in foreign affairs from your presentation. I am indebted to
you for that.