Jennifer Anandarajah, born in Sri Lanka, came to the U.S. with her parents seeking political asylum. Due to a bureaucratic error, her father was arrested and held in detention for 2 1/2 years.
On July 9, 2014 Jennifer and four others speakers told their stories at a Congressional Briefing about detention, deportation and family separation. The briefing was sponsored by American Friends Service Committee, Detention Watch Network, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Wind of the Spriit and Centro Communitario CEUS in cooperation with Sen. Robert Menendez and Rep. Rush Holt