Women’s Delegation to Expose Human Rights Violations in the Wake of Georgia’s Anti-Immigrant Bill HB 87

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 28, 2011

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Dana Balicki, 202-422-8624
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Mariana Viturro, 585-330-4438
mariana@domesticworkers.org

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A delegation of women leaders from over two dozen national human rights organizations - National Domestic Workers Alliance, Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR), Center for Reproductive Rights, Moms Rising, National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, Feminist Majority and many others – are visiting Georgia this week (9/28-29) to highlight the growing national resistance to anti-immigrant laws. The delegation, hosted by the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR), an organization based in the Latino immigrant community in Georgia, will bear witness and publicly reflect on the real stories of the women and children affected by Georgia’s anti-immigrant bill (HB 87), a copycat legislation of Arizona’s highly controversial and costly SB1070.

WHAT: Press Conference in front of Georgia State Capitol Building to report back on the stories shared with the delegates from the previous day of story-sharing among local women and the delegation members. Speakers to include: high-profile women delegates from the We Belong Together Delegation (full list here), members of GLAHR, and local women and children from the Georgia Latino community.

WHERE: Georgia State Capitol Building, 203 Washington St., Atlanta
WHEN: Thursday, September 29, 2011 from 10:30am-12pm (Great Photo Opps)

“As an advocate for children, I believe we must raise the visibility of the adverse impact of Georgia’s HB87 on the well-being of our future generation,” says delegate Wendy Cervantes, VP of Immigration and Child Rights Policy for First Focus, a national children’s advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C.

Alicia Arriaga, a mother and member of GLAHR, says "I and other women are being impacted in all arenas of our lives, including our work, our children's education and future, our health, our wellbeing because of the fear and insecurity from the police."

In June 2010, after Arizona’s SB1070 was signed into law, a similar delegation was organized to Arizona. The work of the delegation led to three ad-hoc Congressional hearings in Washington, D.C. that brought in new Congressional support and kept women's stories in the public eye. Watch the video.

For more information on the delegation please visit www.webelongtogether.org

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