Precarious lives: Central American families and the limits of U.S. immigration policy

In 2014, 60,000 children and mothers fled Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras, seeking refuge in the U.S. because of gang threats, domestic violence, and child abuse in their countries. The Obama administration has responded by detaining these families in prison-like conditions for months, many times denying them release on bond and inhibiting their ability to apply for political asylum. A nationwide network of lawyers and activists is organizing to end this practice and to argue through legal representation that the women and children should be allowed to exercise their internationally recognized rights to live free from violence and persecution. Come and hear about this work through a transnational feminist lens.

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Federal decision is not strong enough ; Reaffirm Commitment To Fight For Families detained in Karnes and Dilley (TX)

Interview with Diego Mancha during the press conference by groups that included Feminists Unite, SAIYM , Attorney Virginia Raymond in front of San Fernando Cathedral. This action was in response to the decision of the federal court (R.I.L.-R. versus Jeh Johnson) that goes against justification by DHS (Department of Homeland Security) to warehouse hundreds of children, women and families in detention centers as a way of deterring further migration. However, it is still not sufficiently strong enough to completely invalidate family detention.

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“Ending Artesia” by Stephen Manning

Please read this stunning report Ending Artesia, by Stephen Manning. Explaining complicated, bizarre, technical legal proceedings with great clarity, this report is compelling. Stephen Manning's writing is beautiful and --…

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Family Detention Film Screening

Friday, November 21, 2014 7:300 - 8:30 p.m. Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center 600 River Street Austin, Texas 78701 A film by Matt Gossage for more information see…

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What you can do: Take a field trip to immigration court.

Want to understand what’s going on with refugees, immigrants, and immigration courts? Go. Take a morning or an afternoon and visit the immigration court closest to you. Look. Listen. Draw. Take notes. Then talk about it. (Talk about it. Talk about it….) Most immigration hearings are public, although judges typically close cases when 1) either […]

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