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 Elisa Massimino and David Matthews at Human Rights First office launch
Elisa Massimino, from left, and David Matthews. Photo courtesy of Human Rights First
Helen Dang (Asian American Bar Association) and Vinh Ho (Boat People SOS) at Human Rights First office launch
Helen Dang, from left, and Vinh Ho. Photo courtesy of Human Rights First
Nancy MacKimm, Alan Crain and Jenny Rizzo at Human Rights First office launch
Nancy MacKimm, from left, Alan Crain and Jenny Rizzo. Photo courtesy of Human Rights First
Meghna Goswami and Ashley Kaper at Human Rights First office launch
Meghna Goswami, from left, and Ashley Kaper. Photo courtesy of Human Rights First
Hawa Hassan, Omar Osman, Yani Keo, Benito Juarez, Azeb Yusuf at Human Rights First office launch
Hawa Hassan, Omar Osman, Yani Keo, Benito Juarez and Azeb Yusuf. Photo courtesy of Human Rights First
Pat Guter, Mary Hedahl and Rudeina Baasiri at Human Rights First office launch
Pat Guter, from left, Mary Hedahl and Rudeina Baasari. Photo courtesy of Human Rights First
Peggy Matthews, Christine LaFollette and others at Human Rights First office launch
Peggy Matthews, from left, Christine LaFollette and unidentified guests. Photo courtesy of Human Rights First
Gordon Quan, Lori Adams (Human Rights First), and others at Human Rights First office launch
Gordon Quan, from left, Lori Adams and unidentifed guests. Photo courtesy of Human Rights First
Don Guter and Mary Hedahl at Human Rights First office launch
Don Guter and Mary Hedahl. Photo courtesy of Human Rights First
 Elisa Massimino and David Matthews at Human Rights First office launch
Helen Dang (Asian American Bar Association) and Vinh Ho (Boat People SOS) at Human Rights First office launch
Nancy MacKimm, Alan Crain and Jenny Rizzo at Human Rights First office launch
Meghna Goswami and Ashley Kaper at Human Rights First office launch
Hawa Hassan, Omar Osman, Yani Keo, Benito Juarez, Azeb Yusuf at Human Rights First office launch
Pat Guter, Mary Hedahl and Rudeina Baasiri at Human Rights First office launch
Peggy Matthews, Christine LaFollette and others at Human Rights First office launch
Gordon Quan, Lori Adams (Human Rights First), and others at Human Rights First office launch
Don Guter and Mary Hedahl at Human Rights First office launch
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What: Cocktail reception marking the opening of Human Rights First Houston office.

Where: In the new offices at South Texas College of Law

The 411: More than 120 business and media professionals, politicians and academics came out to celebrate the official opening of Human Rights First's Houston office. The independent advocacy and action organization pairs volunteer attorneys with refugees seeking asylum and aids them in navigating the complicated immigration court system. The opening of the new Houston location marks the organization's first expansion in more than 20 years. It also has offices in Washington D.C. and New York City. 

Texas native Elisa Massimino, president and CEO of Human Rights First, welcomed the crowd, along with South Texas College of Law Dean Donald Guter and Human Rights First board member David Matthews. The Human Rights First Houston office has been up and running for about a month and the organization has trained more than 90 volunteer lawyers. 

Who: Rice University president David Leebron and Y. Ping Sun, State Rep. Gene Wu, Ashley Kaper, E. William Barnett, Monty and Marla Briscoe, Christine LaFollette, Nancy MacKimm, Houston Rights First Board of Advoates members Allen MatusowPeggy MatthewsAlan Crain, and Gordon Quan,  Patrica Guter, Sylvia Quan, Hawa Hassan, Omar Osman, Yani Keo, Benito Juarez, Azeb Yusef, Mary Hedahl and Rudeina Baasiri.

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