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Use These Resources to Amplify the Broadcast of “Who is @DayaniCristal?” in Your Community

September 4, 2014

The Sundance award-winning documentary film, Who is Dayani Cristal?, is being broadcast nationwide on Univision on Saturday, September 6th, 2014 and on Fusion September 7 and 8. To support advocates’ work in migrants’ rights and immigration policy, which this film explores, the production team developed a number of social impact tools which available for free for use.

Who is Dayani Cristal?, is an intimate examination of the journey of one migrant who perished in the Arizona desert, far from his native Honduras, with no real identification but a name tattooed over his heart. The documentary was produced by and features Gael Garcia Bernal. The film weaves together real-life attempts to identify the migrant’s body with Bernal’s retracing of the journey he would have most likely taken through the “corridor del muerte” to reach the U.S. with hopes of improving the lives of his family.

Employing a series of digital tools with interactive features, including the ability of migrants to post their own border stories on the project’s website, Who Is Dayani Cristal drives audiences moved by the story to delve deeper into and take action on the issues that drive migrants to brave perilous conditions in order to reach the U.S. The team has already begun having impact with the campaign and tools. We believe you can extend the impact of our tools and that we can further support the movement for humanitarian treatment of migrants and humane policy by offering the tools to you for your own work. Read more…

via @Grassroots_News: Nayely & Sara are free from family detention in Texas!

September 4, 2014

via Bob Libal
10616175_670508516364909_5291718719329528748_nWe are overjoyed to share this breaking news with you. Your calls made a difference! Sara and Nayely Beltran just walked out of the Karnes County family detention center moments ago. They were greeted by their attorney, Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch, and are now on their way to a warm and welcoming community in Austin. Making this news even more joyous is that Nayely has a doctor’s appointment to begin treatment of her brain tumor at Dell Children’s Hospital on Tuesday.

Why was Neyely in detention in the first place?

The Karnes family detention center is where ICE is holding more than 500 women and children from Central America. The reports from inside are not good. Karnes is also run by a private prison company, the GEO Group, which has a long rap sheet of abuse and neglect. GEO makes $160 every day for every woman and child they detain.

Join us!

Grassroots Leadership and Texans United for Families won’t stop until the shameful practice of family detention is ended. Join us at the rally to stop family detention at the Karnes family detention center on October 11. Click here to help make the event a success by donating to Grassroots Leadership, a registered 501(c)(3). All donations are tax-deductible

Sept 2nd – 9th in #Tacoma: Week of Action at the Northwest Detention Center

August 31, 2014

via Maru Mora Villalpando, Latino Advocacy

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Come to the Northwest Detention Center

September 2-9
1623 E J Street
Tacoma, WA
Support Veronica Noriega’s week-long fast and sustained presence at the Northwest Detention Center. Veronica is fasting and staying out side the detention center day and night for the week leading up to her partner Ramon Mendoza Pascual’s deportation hearing on Sept. 9.  Veronica is taking this action to support her husband and the efforts of the detainees inside, and call to an end to the unjust deportation system that separates families and breaks apart communities. Let’s join her!

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California’s First County Public Defender Immigration Representation Project

August 20, 2014

via Raha Jorjani:

Raha Jorjani. Photo by ©Kathy Anderson via ABA Journal

Raha Jorjani. Photo by ©Kathy Anderson via ABA Journal

I write to share with you that as of January 2014, I joined the Alameda County Office of the Public Defender in order to create and direct the first county Public Defender immigration representation project on the west coast and in the State of California.

As part of this project, I am able to represent a limited number of public defender clients in their subsequent removal proceedings. This means that the public defender will not only make appearances in criminal court, but also in immigration court – with a focus on detained cases

Our first such appearance in San Francisco immigration court turned heads! I am excited that this move signals a shift in the way we view indigent defense in California. Our hope is that with the launch of this groundbreaking model, other county public defender offices will develop similar programs and our understanding is that this has already begun to happen.

It was an extremely difficult decision to leave the Immigration Law Clinic of the UC Davis School of Law. One could not ask for more supportive, brilliant, and inspiring colleagues to work with. I am comforted by the fact that I will continue to be able to collaborate with those colleagues in this new position. Read more…

Request for Proposals for NY Immigrant Family Unity Project at Batavia Immigration Court

August 20, 2014

via Center on Immigration and Justice, Vera Institute of Justice:


On August 15, 2014, the Vera Institute of Justice (Vera) released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to provide deportation defense services at the Batavia Immigration Court in Western New York. The RFP is to identify a legal services provider to conduct a pilot program of the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP) at Batavia.  NYIFUP, the nation’s first government-funded universal-representation program for detained immigrants, conducted a 190-case pilot last year at the Varick Street Immigration Court in New York City. NYIFUP has now been fully funded at Varick Street by the City of New York and has also expanded to serve detained New York City residents whose deportation cases are being heard in the Newark and Elizabeth (NJ) immigration courts.

Read more…

Announcing Our New Co-Directors & New Shared Leadership Model

August 20, 2014

via Amanda Luggg, DWN Steering Committee Chair, Director of Advocacy, African Services Committee
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Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Steering Committee and staff at Detention Watch Network (DWN), I am thrilled to announce the appointment of Ana K. Carrion and Silky Shah as Co- Directors of the Detention Watch Network. As longtime DWN staff, Ana and Silky have played a critical role in building the power of the Network to challenge and expose the injustices of the U.S. immigration detention system. Together they have increased visibility on detention issues, expanded DWN’s base locally and nationally, and worked with members to envision a world without immigrant detention. More recently, they worked seamlessly to move forward DWN’s key projects including: the End the Quota campaign, the Expose and Close reports and the 10th National DWN Member Conference. Read more…

Watch via @Grassroots_News: Rally to Stop the Return of #FamilyDetention

August 14, 2014

via Grassroots Leadership and Texans United for Families:

Texans United for Families and others rallied in front of the T. Don Hutto Immigrant Detention Center in Taylor, TX on Saturday, August 9th, 2014. They marked the fifth anniversary of the end to family detention there – with love and rage. Read more here.