Press Event in DC: Local Community, Faith, Immigrant Rights Advocates Call for Protections for Central American Families & Children

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, September 8, 2016
 
Contact:
Kathryn Johnson at (206) 898-2832 or kjohnson@afsc.org
or for Alianza Americas- Cristina Garcia (773) 875-3314
 E-mail: cgarcia@alianzaamericas.org

Ahead of UN & U.S. Summits-Local Community, Faith, Immigrant Rights Advocates Call for Protections for Central American Families & Children

Ahead of UN & U.S. Summits-Local Community, Faith, Immigrant Rights Advocates Call for Protections for Central American Families & Children

What

Exactly one week before the United Nations General Assembly Summit on Large Movements of Migrants and Refugees and President Obama’s Leaders’ Summit on Refugees to be held on September 19th & 20th, community, faith, and immigrant rights advocates from the DMV area will gather to urge the Obama Administration to stop detaining and deporting families and children fleeing violence, poverty, and corruption in the Northern Triangle of Central America and to start providing them with relief and real protections.

Advocates will discuss drivers of forced migration from Central America, how the U.S. should stop supporting interdictions of migrants in Mexico and end ineffective deterrence and enforcement tactics that fail to provide Central American families and children with access to protection and force them to live in fear on a daily basis in our communities.

When

Tuesday, September 13th, 11am US EST

Where

Lutheran Church of Reformation

212 East Capitol Street NE

Washington DC

Who: Speakers Include

  • Kathryn Johnson, Policy Impact Coordinator, American Friends Service Committee
  • Abel Nuñez, Executive Director, CARECEN-DC and Commissioner, Prince Georges County, MD
  • DC Comite for Immigrant Rights
  • Moderator:  Oscar Chacón, Alianza Americas

Sponsoring Organizations: Alianza Americas, Latin American Working Group, CARECEN-DC, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Jesuits Service,  American Friends Service Committee, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

Why

Governments will meet in the United Nations General Assembly in New York City on September 19 to discuss the global response to large flows of refugees and migrants, most of whom are fleeing conflict, acute and sustained violence in their homelands. The following day on September 20, the Obama Administration will convene a group of world leaders and aim to position the United States as leading by example in boosting commitments for refugees globally.

President Obama cannot ask leaders around the world to protect vulnerable populations while the United States detains and deports children and families in need of protection. This briefing is among other actions that community leaders from around the country will be holding in the week leading up to the UN & U.S. Summits to urge the administration to change its policies to protect, not deport and detain, migrants and refugees and to stop supporting the interdiction of asylum seekers in the region.

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Alianza Americas represents a critical voice on issues that have an impact on the lives of immigrants and all families throughout the Americas. Its forty-five organizational members represent more than 100,000 families across 12 states in the United States. It is the only national organization in the U.S. that is rooted in Latino/Caribbean immigrant communities and works transnationally to create an inclusive, equitable, and sustainable way of life.

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