Donald Anthonyson

Families for Freedom
Executive Director

Key Topics: The "Criminal" Justice System and Immigration

Bio: Donald Anthonyson, Executive Director at Families for Freedom, was born in Antigua, and migrated to the US in 1979. He got involved in various social justice issues ranging from police brutality (Elenanor Bumphus Justice Committee) and anti-racial responses (NYASA) to immigration. He lives in Harlem, NY.

Donald became a member and later an organizer and now Executive Director at Families For Freedom (FFF) after he was detained and placed in immigration removal proceedings for a decades old misdemeanor conviction. He has led FFF’s efforts of the International Deportee Justice Campaign, co-facilitated 2 Consular Roundtables and produced FFF’s monthly radio show, the War on Immigrants Report, on 99.5 FM WBAI.

Founded in September 2002, Families for Freedom is a New York-based human rights organization, by and for immigrants facing and fighting deportation.

Selected Speaking Experience

  • City College, Organizing Among Marginalized Communities
  • CUNY Law, Detention and Deportation Policies and Realities
  • Detention Watch Network, strategy meeting in DC.