HRI’s Annual Storytelling Event Announced!

Dallas-based performers Amie Maciszewski, Bahar Momeni, Ehsan Zargar, Ian Ferguson and Alpana Jacobs Dance Company headline the event along with HRI’s annual prestigious Angel of Freedom award honorees; proceeds benefit Human Rights Initiative of North Texas’s work mission to provide 100% free legal and social services to immigrant survivors of human rights abuses

DALLAS – Human Rights Initiative of North Texas (HRI) announces its seventh annual Stories from the HeART storytelling event to take place on Friday, December 2, 2022 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at The Pittman Hotel (2551 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226). SFTH22 is a unique evening centered in Story: alongside live music from Amie Maciszewski Ehsan Zargar, Julien Abdi-Stephens, Swapnil Ukey + performers Bahar Momeni, Aubrey Ferguson, Ian Ferguson + Kathak dance performance by Alpana Jacobs Company, and live storytelling, HRI will also unveil limited-edition art prints and merchandise that interpret the journeys of former HRI clients. “We are thrilled to welcome you to one of the most creative storytelling events in our community,” said HRI Executive Director, Bill Holston. “Every year we gather to celebrate our donors and volunteers. The event features deeply talented people gathering to tell our clients’ story in and engaging, moving and motivating way.”

HRI’s courageous and resilient clients have come to the U.S. from all over the world to seek safety from persecution, torture, domestic violence and abuse. All proceeds from the event support HRI’s mission to provide 100% free legal and social services to its clients. Tickets, which include dinner and an open beer and wine bar, are available here. “With every new story, we discover a new part of ourselves. Storytelling is an acknowledgement of our connectedness,” observed Ehsan Zargar, who will play the setar, an Iranian string instrument, at the event.

During the event, HRI will also honor the resilient survivors from across the world whose call for human rights have ignited revolutionary movements, and will celebrate its 2022 Angel of Freedom honorees, which include:

Dr. Andy McGarrahan
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Lindsey Laielli
Momentous Institute.

“We at Momentous Institute are grateful to HRI, who has long been a champion of elevating mental health needs by proactively asking the necessary questions, providing education, and connecting families to our services,” noted Maria Sanchez Ray. “This work is an honor and a privilege, and we are so humbled to be even a small piece of the story for the brave families living in our communities.”

A Meet & Greet beginning at 6:30 p.m. will give guests the opportunity to meet Stories From the HeART artists over hors d’oeuvres and live music.

About Human Rights Initiative of North Texas

For the past 22 years, Human Rights Initiative of North Texas has provided legal and critical social services for immigrant survivors of human rights abuses from all over the world. For more information, visit

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