Updates

Mothers at Texas detention centre continue to protest 'horrible' treatment

Author: 
Oliver Laughland and Alan Yuhas
Source: 
The Guardian

Migrant mothers held at a privately-run detention centre in southern Texas have begun further peaceful protests, reportedly refusing some meals and demanding their immediate release from incarceration.

Advocates and a detained mother speaking to the Guardian from Karnes confirmed the action was taking place, although it is unclear how many detainees are taking part. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have declined to make specific comment on the protest at the centre, which is operated by the private security company Geo Group.

Karnes Moms to Renew Hunger Strike

Author: 
Juliana Britto Schwartz
Source: 
Feministing.com

Last week 78 immigrant mothers took part in a hunger strike and work stoppage to call attention to theinhumane treatment that families are receiving in Karnes Immigrant Detention Facility. Today, 10 women are resuming the strike, refusing all services for another week and calling for their release.

As Detained Mothers Pledge to Restart Hunger Strike, Supporters Petition ICE HQ for Their Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 13, 2015

Contact: 

Contact: B. Loewe, 773.791.4668
bloewe@onpoint.pro

What: Press Conference and Petition Delivery in Support of Mothers Hunger Striking in Detention with their Children in Karnes, TX
Where: ICE headquarters, 500 12th St. SW Washington, DC
When: 11:00am Tuesday April 14th, 2015
Who: We Belong Together, Detention Watch Network, Grassroots Leadership, Dreamers Moms USA, Trabajadores Unidos de DC

Mothers In Detention, Speaking Out

Author: 
Michelle Chen
Source: 
Culture Strike

The women detained at the Karnes County Residential Center in Texas don’t know exactly where they are: they’re isolated, unsure of their legal fate–whether they’ll be allowed to remain in the US on humanitarian reprieve–and walled off from the outside world in a remote patch of Texas, which is known primarily as a place where migrants go to disappear. Amid all the unknowns about this place, the women do know two things: they belong with their children, and they do not belong there.

We Belong Together joins more than 150 civil, labor, and immigrants' rights groups in amicus brief in support of deferred action

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 7, 2015

Contact: 

B. Loewe, 773.791.4668,
bloewe@onpoint.pro

Washington, DC – Immigrant women and their supporters fought hard for President Obama to implement immigration actions that would allow millions to apply for relief from deportation and work authorization. Today they continue that push alongside civil and immigrants’ rights groups in an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief filed with the court. This brief was one of several in support of lifting the injunction against the expanded relief programs.

Mothers in Detention Will Not Be Silenced, They Will Be Free

Author: 
Sameera Hafiz
Source: 
Latino Rebels

This week 80 mothers detained with their children in Karnes County, Texas, began a Holy Week hunger and work strike to demand their immediate release. In a letter smuggled out of the facility they write:

“[D]uring this [time], no mother will work in the detention center, nor will we send our children to school, not will we use any services here, until we are heard and approved: we want our FREEDOM.”

WOMEN APPLAUD DOJ APPEAL of DAPA INJUNCTION, URGE ACTION FOR FAMILIES AS COURT CASE CONTINUES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 12, 2015

Contact: 

Anna Duncan, 440-204-8284,
anna@domesticworkers.org
B. Loewe, 773.791.4668,
bloewe@onpoint.pro

We Belong Together Reacts to Court of Appeals Filing in Texas Lawsuit Against Deferred Action

In response to the news that the Department of Justice has filed an appeal with the 5th circuit to lift the injunction placed on deferred action by Texas Judge Andrew Hanen, We Belong Together welcomed the news and called for further action from the administration.

We Belong Together Joins U.N. Special Rapporteur’s Condemnation of the Detention of Immigrant Children and Families in the US

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 10, 2015

Contact: 

Contact: Anna Duncan, 440.204.8284,
anna@domesticworkers.org
B. Loewe, 773.791.4668,
bloewe@onpoint.pro

The We Belong Together campaign continues to call on the U.S. to act as a leader in defending human rights and immediately end this inhumane practice,” stated Andrea Cristina Mercado, co-chair of We Belong Together.

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