Please join Texans United for Families, Grassroots Leadership, and organizers from across Texas for a vigil to draw attention to the nation's unaccountable and out-of-control detention system. The vigil will mark the one-year anniversary of Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) announced detention reform and the end of family detention at Hutto. ICE currently heralds Hutto as a model detention center despite the recent revelation in May that a CCA guard was accused of sexually assaulting
"Usually they’re pretty alert when they get here, then they get discouraged, then disillusioned. Then they get depressed.”
Greg Sullivan is speaking about the 355 immigration detainees being held in the Hudson County Correctional Center in Kearny, most of whom were living in New York City before they were detained. Inside the facility, they have minimal contact with family and friends, and little to do but wait for their cases to be heard by a judge.
WHAT: Community groups join together to Drum Down the Walls … and March to the Rhythm of Our Hearts. Unjust laws, detention center walls, and discrimination against anyone in our community. What do these all have in common? All these serve to keep our community divided. We will come together, march to the rhythm of our hearts, in the spirit of Stonewall, we will not be kept apart by any Walls, real or perceived. .
Contact: Jordan T Garcia (303) 919-8798 or Gabriela Flora (720) 841-9608
On May 3, 2010, about 250 immigrant rights advocates marked their first year of witness at the GEO Detention Center for immigrants in Aurora, Colorado. Participating groups included the American Friends Service Committee, Romero Theater Troupe, Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, Comunidad Liberación/Liberation Community, 10:30 Catholic Community and faith communities and allies from across Denver, Aurora, and Fort Collins.
For May Day this year, AFSC staff across the United States organized, supported and participated in a May Day marches, rallies, and protests to support of immigrants’ rights, and humane immigration reform.
The Obama administration has committed itself to reforming the nation’s expansive and controversial immigration detention system. In August of 2009, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Assistant Secretary John Morton announced that the agency would be taking steps towards the creation of a civil detention system tailored to the agency’s asserted needs and purposes, a plan that will likely take years to come into fruition.
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