Carolina Peace Center invites you to a peaceful rally and press conference to advocate for migrant children who are being separated from their parents under the new current “zero tolerance” policy. Please join us next Wednesday to show support and stand up for the most vulnerable.
We the people are deeply concerned and ashamed to be Americans witnessing such draconian and inhumane polices towards migrant children. It’s unacceptable to take children away from their parents and it’s imperative that such practices are suspended immediately. It’s also imperative that for the time migrants and children held in the detention centers across the country are given proper medical care, food, privacy, protection from any type of abuse that includes verbal and physical and are not subject to any sort of harassment. We strongly demand that migrants and minors have access to legal counsel who will be able to better assist the detainees.
Last Tuesday United Nations human rights office urged US an immediate halt to the practice of separating children from parents saying it violates human rights and international law. We must respect laws of International community.
A federal judge in San Diego on Wednesday refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, suggests the court would be open to considering a claim that taking children away from parents who are legally trying to seek asylum in the United States constitutes a violation of the family’s rights to due process. The judge said that the allegations in the suit “sufficiently describe government conduct that arbitrarily tears at the sacred bond between parent and child, and is emblematic of the exercise of power without any reasonable justification in the service of an otherwise legitimate governmental objective.” We ask you to act in making sure that human rights principles and laws are upheld and children are not separated from their parents.
How You Can Help:
1: Call your elected officials to support S.3036
Urgent Call To Action
Senate Bill S.3036 – Keep Families Together Act
Senator Dianne Feinstein has introduced a bill that would prohibit federal agent or officer of a designated agency from removing a child from his or her parent or legal guardian, at or near the port of entry or within 100 miles of the border of the United States. So far 40 Senators are Supporting this bill.
Carolina Peace Center is in support of Senate Bill S.3036 and urgently requests citizens across US to contact their Senators and Congressional leaders to support this bill. It is recommended that a group of concerned citizens visit their elected officials, call and write. Please state your name and district you represent when you are writing or calling. Please be specific in asking your Senators and Representative to support Senate Bill S.3036.
Contact your Senators:
Contact your Congressional leaders:
2: Support these groups:
• The ACLU is litigating this policy in California.
• If you’re an immigration lawyer, the American Immigration Lawyers Association will be sending around a volunteer list for you to help represent the women and men with their asylum screening, bond hearings, ongoing asylum representation, etc. Please sign up.
• Al Otro Lado is a binational organization that works to offer legal services to deportees and migrants in Tijuana, Mexico, including deportee parents whose children remain in the U.S.
• CARA—a consortium of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, the American Immigration Council, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association—provides legal services at family detention centers.
• The Florence Project is an Arizona project offering free legal services to men, women, and unaccompanied children in immigration custody.
• Human Rights First is a national organization with roots in Houston that needs help from lawyers too.
• Kids in Need of Defense works to ensure that kids do not appear in immigration court without representation, and to lobby for policies that advocate for children’s legal interests. Donate here.
• The Legal Aid Justice Center is a Virginia-based center providing unaccompanied minors legal services and representation.
• Pueblo Sin Fronteras is an organization that provides humanitarian aid and shelter to migrants on their way to the U.S.
• RAICES is the largest immigration nonprofit in Texas offering free and low-cost legal services to immigrant children and families. Donate here and sign up as a volunteer here.
• The Texas Civil Rights Project is seeking “volunteers who speak Spanish, Mam, Q’eqchi’ or K’iche’ and have paralegal or legal assistant experience.”
• Together Rising is another Virginia-based organization that’s helping provide legal assistance for 60 migrant children who were separated from their parents and are currently detained in Arizona.
• The Urban Justice Center’s Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project is working to keep families together.
• Women’s Refugee Commission advocates for the rights and protection of women, children, and youth fleeing violence and persecution.
• Finally, ActBlue has aggregated many of these groups under a single button.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/242008306557794/