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Olamide M. Noah, 310-701-8476
olamide.noah@berlinrosen.com

We Belong Together Outraged by Allegations of Sexual Abuse and Harsh Conditions at Family Detention Facility

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October 7, 2014

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Washington, DC – We Belong Together continues our urgent call to end the immigration detention of women and children, particularly in light of recent reports of sexual abuse by guards and staff at the Karnes County Residential Center. Over 500 women and children are detained at the Karnes facility. Many are survivors of sexual violence and trauma who have fled to the United States in search of safety and refuge.

Rights Violations at Karnes Detention Center Prompt 125 Women’s and Human Rights Groups to Call on Obama Administration to Stop Detaining Families and Survivors of Violence

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September 18, 2014

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Olamide M. Noah, 310-701-8476
olamide.noah@berlinrosen.com

More than 125 women’s and human rights groups, including We Belong Together and the Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center, sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson today calling for the administration to stop detaining mothers and children fleeing Central American violence. A visit this week to a new Texas family detention center revealed that many of those in custody are survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes.

We Belong Together Applauds Expansion in Asylum Law and Urges President Obama to Further Strengthen Protections for Immigrant Survivors of Violence

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September 2, 2014

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Olamide M. Noah, 310-701-8476
olamide.noah@berlinrosen.com

Washington, DC – We Belong Together applauds last week’s groundbreaking decision by the country’s highest immigration court recognizing domestic violence as a basis for asylum. Individuals seeking asylum must prove they have a well-founded fear of persecution based on race, nationality, religion, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. After decades of litigation, The Bureau of Immigration Appeals ruled that a battered woman fleeing domestic violence could fall in the social group category.

Immigration Reform Women Leaders, Congresswomen Urge Congress to Address Abuse of Women and Children Migrants

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July 17, 2014

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Leslie Patterson, 561-801-5963
leslie@berlinrosen.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, July 16, 2014

From: We Belong Together: Women for Common Sense Immigration Reform

Contact: Olamide Noah, olamide.noah@berlinrosen.com, 310-701-8476

Immigration Reform Women Leaders, Congresswomen Urge Congress to Address Abuse of Women and Children Migrants

Immigration Reform Leading Women Experts and Congressional Women’s Working Group hold Press Conference on Child Migration Crisis

Immigrant Mothers, Immigration Reform Leaders Deliver New Administrative Priorities and Thousands of Pledges to Congress

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June 27, 2014

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Olamide Noah, 310-701-8476
olamide.noah@berlinrosen.com

Immigration reform leaders and immigrant mothers delivered over 7,000 signed pledges to Congressional offices after debuting a new set of administrative priorities

Washington, DC— Immigrant women and immigration reform leaders hosted a press call yesterday in which they debuted a new set of administrative priorities to address immigration policies that disproportionately hurt women and children. The priorities were accompanied by over 7,000 signed pledges urging action from the House and the Obama Administration on immigration reform.

Rep. Gutiérrez on CHC Meeting with DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson

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April 9, 2014

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Cross posted from the office of Representative Gutierrez.
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leslie@berlinrosen.com, 646-200-5326, for We Belong Together Press inquiries.

“We opened a new front today in the fight to protect American families,” – Rep. Gutiérrez

Washington, DC – This morning, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) participated in a meeting hosted by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in the U.S. Capitol with Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson. At the meeting, Secretary Johnson was formally presented with the six page memo from the CHC that outlines measures the Obama Administration can take under current law to protect some immigrants and their families from deportation. The off-the-record meeting with the Secretary lasted about an hour and afterwards, Rep. Gutiérrez issued the following statement:

Congressional Women Leaders Visit “Women’s Fast for Families”

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April 8, 2014

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Matt Lee
(202) 225-1766

Call for House Vote on Bipartisan Immigration Reform Legislation

Washington, DC – Today, women leaders in Congress visited the “Women’s Fast for Families” on the National Mall and met with the more than 100 courageous women who are fasting for 48 hours to protest the Republican Leadership’s failure to bring HR 15, a bipartisan immigration reform bill, to the House floor for a vote. This event is the culmination of a month of fasts and other activities held across the country to highlight the impact of our broken immigration system on women and emphasize the urgent need for reform.

Washington’s Top Bi-Partisan Immigration Decision Makers Meet with 100 Women Fasters

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April 8, 2014

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Leslie Patterson, 646-200-5326
leslie@berlinrosen.com

Women more determined than ever to pressure leaders to pass immigration reform and stop deportations

[Washington, DC] – A day without food has only increased the determination of the 100 women who arrived yesterday morning to start a 48-hour fast to show the kind of courage federal leaders must find to move immigration reform and stop deportations. Today, fasters—including those who current face deportation themselves—will meet with the Department of Homeland Security as well as additional members of Congress.

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