Ferew M Haile
Director of Advocacy

Mr. Ferew Haile obtained his Law Degree from Addis Ababa University School of Law and Governance Studies in Ethiopia and had been working as a human rights lawyer in his home country, Ethiopia and now has completed his Master’s Degree in International Law from American University Washington College of Law, Washington, DC. Currently. Currently, his New York Bar membership is pending.

As the   Director of Advocacy at the Briggs Center For Faith And Action, he has gained extensive experience assisting immigrants and refugees with the services we provide, and also has experience in community developments and advocating on immigrant issues. He also assists in the Briggs Center’s 20-year-old English as a Second Language program. 

Ferew M Haile has attended numerous training in immigration law which are detailed in his resume. Under the supervision of an immigration attorney, he has also gained significant experience in legal research, writing, and preparing clients for court hearings.  Based on his extensive law school training and experiences, he obtained the U.S Department of Justice’s Accreditation to provide immigration services for Briggs. He has a keen ability to hone in on relevant facts and identify potential solutions to vulnerable members of the community we serve. He is able to communicate in a persuasive and effective manner both verbally, and in writing. He is also conversant in several foreign languages.


In collaboration with MCAEL, the Briggs Center offers a comprehensive, free ESL (English as Second Language) program. Established in 1998, we serve approximately 310 students from 49 countries meeting in 15 clusters weekly.

our leadership team

           Briggs Center for Faith & Action

Our founder


The Briggs Center provides monthly and quarterly nutritional assistance to Martha’s Table in Washington, DC made possible by volunteers from local churches and the larger community.

Stacey Fannon
ESL Program Manager 


Since 2009, we have partnered with a United Church of Christ congregation on the Arizona/Mexico border as part of a broad Southwest coalition dedicated to change and justice in the Nation’s immigration policies.

Social Justice, activist, author-journalist and commentator Rev. Dr. Bob Maddox is the founding 

Executive Director of the Briggs Center since its creation in 2006. 

Dr. Maddox spent much of his career as a minister, serving most recently at Briggs Baptist Church and the Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ in Bethesda, MD.

Dr. Maddox also served as a speechwriter and religious liaison for President  Jimmy Carter and the Executive Director of Americans for United for Separation of Church and State. 

Linda Maddox
Director of Development