In September, We Belong Together traveled to Tijuana, Mexico to meet with women who have been deported from the United States and have been separated from their families on both sides of the border. Their testimonies are compelling evidence of the humanitarian crisis that has been created by U.S. immigration policies. They are also powerful illustrations of the bravery of migrant women who risk everything to provide a better future for their children, families and communities.
On Sunday, July 29, a historic journey began. In Phoenix, Arizona, undocumented immigrants launched the “No Papers, No Fear Ride for Justice” and embarked on a cross-country ride. Riders are undocumented mothers, fathers, students, workers and leaders. Anti-immigrant policies attempt to push them into the shadows, but the bus riders are demonstrating that the only way for immigrant communities to be free is to come out, come together, and tell their stories.
On May 3rd, 2012, We Belong Together organized a “virtual” Women’s Human Rights Delegation to Knoxville, Tennessee, where we heard from immigrant women and allies who are organizing against federal anti-immigrant policies in their county. We came together to learn about the impacts of these policies on women’s lives. We celebrated our common humanity, and commited to immigrant justice through the sharing of stories.
In June 2011, a new immigration enforcement law went into effect in the state of Alabama. HB 56 is the harshest copycat version of Arizona’s controversial SB 1070 in the United States. In response to this law, seventeen women leaders from various women, children advocacy, worker rights, immigrant rights, and human rights organizations around the country formed the We Belong Together initiative to Birmingham to bear witness to the impact of these laws on women and children. The delegation heard powerful and moving testimonies from women who have been affected by this draconian law.
A Wish for the Holidays Brings the Voices of Children to Washington. The Delegation Shares One Unified Message: Stop Deportations so that All Families Can Stay Together.
On December 8th, 2011, a delegation of young people and advocates delivered thousands of handwritten children’s letters to members of Congress asking for one thing: an end to detentions and deportations that are tearing families apart.
On September 28 and 29, a group of prominent women traveled to Atlanta, Georgia, to investigate the effects of immigration enforcement, including Georgia's new law HB 87 and the federal "Secure Communities" program, on women, children and families. They were hosted by the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights.