In the light of the 4th of July festivities, a day that allegedly represents “freedom” and “independence”, detained mothers and their children as well as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) immigrants unite to demand freedom for all detainees, as well as demand an end to family detention. Exactly one year after the beginning of the “Central American refugee crisis,” many refugee mothers and children across the United States are still being unjustly held in family detention centers, and we demand their freedom once and for all.
During the last two weeks, DHS has released new guidelines to “improve” the conditions of detained families and transgender migrants. In one statement, Secretary Jeh C. Johnson acknowledged the inefficiency of long term detention, and the need to discontinue this practice; however, more than 2,500 mothers and their children continue to languish indefinitely in detention camps. While the U.S. government celebrates its independence, they deny freedom of thousands of mothers and children and over 30 thousand other detainees in detention. We want to send a clear message that there is no humane way to detain families: We want #FreedomNOTReform!
This July 2, 2015, family members of detainees, community organizers, and other immigrant and human rights advocates will be delivering this message to the media and general public in front of the Los Angeles Federal Building. This effort, led by the Human Rights Alliance for Child Refugees and Families, is being supported by other organizations that are working with families directly affected by detention, such as: IDEPSCA, CARECEN, Familia Trans Queer Liberation Movement (TQLM), StopLAPDSpying Coalition, ACRAS, May Day Trans Queer Contingent, Homies Unidos, Union del Barrio, UCLA Labor Center, KIWA, National Lawyers Guild, and LA-CAN. Family members of mothers who have been detained will also join us.
- July 02, 2015 at 9am – 11am
Los Angeles Federal Building
300 N Los Angeles St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
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