Civil Society Orgs Host US Representative James McGovern & Government Stakeholders in Central American FactFinding Delegation

PRESS STATEMENT

For Immediate Release

Civil Society Orgs Host US Representative James McGovern & Government Stakeholders in Central American FactFinding Delegation

Sara McElmurry: 312-351-3890 or smcelmurry@alianzaamericas.org

Yanci Nuñez +503 7696 2555 or ynunez@alianzaamericas.org

Delegation builds legal, legislative supports for Central American migrants & TPS holders

CHICAGO—August 7 2018—A high-profile delegation of federal and local elected officials, immigrant advocates, and legal experts will travel to Honduras and El Salvador to bolster ongoing fact-finding efforts to build legal defense and legislative supports for  Central American asylum seekers and migrants, including Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, in the US.

WHO: Alianza Americas, Centro Presente, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice are managing delegation activities for US Representative James McGovern (D-MA) and Joseph Curtatone, the mayor of Somerville, MA. Both Centro Presente and the Lawyer’s Committee are also driving the landmark Centro Presente vs. Trump lawsuit challenging the termination of TPS.

WHAT: Delegation participants will tour San Pedro Sula, Tegucigalpa, and San Salvador, cities wracked by escalating violence, poverty, and impunity that has driven unprecedented levels of migration from Central America since the 1980s. Programmed activities include meetings with Honduran and Salvadoran government officials, US embassy leadership, and local civil society actors. The delegation will raise awareness of the conditions driving migration from the region—and the negative consequences that await an estimated 250,000 TPS holders if they are deported to these countries when programs expire next year.

WHEN: August 12-17, 2018.

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Delegation participants will be available for phone and skype interviews through the duration of the delegation. There are several press events planned through the duration of the trip. Details here. The event schedule is subject to change. Contact Yanci Nuñez (ynunez@alianzaamericas.org) for updates or to confirm your attendance at any of these press events.

This delegation follows a June 2018 delegation with Alianza Americas, the Lawyer’s Committee, and Centro Presente, which produced a groundbreaking report detailing the extreme violence and poverty that plagues the region and calls for protections for TPS holders and Central American migrants in the US.

Established in 1981, Centro Presente is a member-driven, state-wide Latin American immigrant organization dedicated to the self-determination and self-sufficiency of the Latin American immigrant community of Massachusetts. Operated and led primarily by Central American immigrants, Centro Presente struggles for immigrant rights and for economic and social justice. Through the integration of community organizing, leadership development and basic services, Centro Presente strives to give our members voice and build community power.

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice fosters equal opportunity and fights discrimination on behalf of people of color and immigrants. We engage in creative and courageous legal action, education, and advocacy, in collaboration with law firms and community partners. The Lawyers’ Committee and our community allies filed the first lawsuits in the country against the Trump Administration to protect sanctuary cities; to save TPS on behalf of Honduran, Salvadoran and Haitian immigrants; and to block immigration arrests in courthouses.

Alianza Americas is a network of 50 immigrant-led organizations representing more than 100,000 families across the United States. It is the only US-based organization rooted in Latino and Caribbean immigrant communities that works transnationally to create an inclusive, equitable, and sustainable way of life. Learn more at alianzaamericas.org.

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