Children to Reunite with Parents Sept. 10 at Logan Airport
Contact: Lori Wright
UNH Media Relations
September 8, 2004
EDITORS: The family will reunite in the level one public area of
Terminal E at Logan Airport after the children pass through U.S.
Customs/Baggage Claim. A press conference with the parents and those
involved with the UNH, congressional and community effort will be
held at 9 p.m. at the location. If you are planning to cover, please
contact Lori Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 603-862-0574. Broadcasters with TV news vans should contact Phil
Orlandella with MassPort at 617-561-1819 regarding parking.
WHAT: Hubert and Helene Simwerayi of Manchester, N.H.,
reunite with their seven children after more than two years of separation.
Parents and those involved in reunion effort will hold a press conference
prior to children’s arrival.
WHEN: Friday, Sept. 10, 2004. Children are arriving
on a 9:40 p.m. British Airways flight. A press conference will be
held at 9 p.m. Speakers: Hubert and Helene Simwerayi; UNH Professor
Nina Glick-Schiller; Kelli Swazey, UNH senior and head of the UNH
Committee for Rights and Justice; Congressman Jeb Bradley; Durham
community activist Dudley Dudley; and Tom Hildreth, attorney with
McLane, Graf, Raulerson and Middleton law firm of Manchester, N.H.
WHERE: Level one public area near U.S. Customs, Terminal E, Logan
BACKGROUND: The effort to reunite the Simwerayi
family was started by Nina Glick-Schiller, professor of anthropology,
and her students in spring 2003. After meeting the Simwerayis and
learning of their situation, Glick-Schiller told her anthropology
class about the family, which resulted in the forming of the UNH
Committee for Rights and Justice (CORAJ). Glick-Schiller and Kelli
Swazey, a senior at UNH and head of CORAJ, immediately began working
to complete an application for Humanitarian Parole, which grants
legal immigrant status in the United States.
The student-led effort quickly grew into a communitywide and congressional
effort. Glick-Schiller and the 20 students on the committee began
working with Durham community activist Dudley Dudley, local charity
Danny’s Team and concerned citizens to gather donations for
travel expenses and signatures for a petition requesting Humanitarian
More than 700 community members signed the petition for Humanitarian
Parole, which was submitted to First District Congressman Jeb Bradley
in April 2004. Congressman Bradley and his Manchester office staff
worked tirelessly with immigration officials in the United States
and two African nations to ensure the children were reunited with
their parents. With the congressman’s support, the children’s
applications were moved to the top of the application list. They
were granted Humanitarian Parole in May 2004, and in late August
2004, parole travel documents for the five biological children were
granted. On Sept. 7, 2004, parole travel documents for the Simwerayis’
two adoptive children were granted.
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