IN HONOR OF MOTHER'S DAY, this Monday, May 11th, 2015, the #KarnesRefugeeMoms and the larger community sent a message to President Obama and to Federal Attorneys that are negotiating the outcome of the Flores 1997 case settlement, and demanded: release all the mothers and children currently detained and end the illegal practice of detaining families!
In Washington DC, family members of detained mothers and children, along with allies, delivered a letter from the #KarnesRefugeeMoms and a letter signed by over 400 US scholars to President Obama. Across the country, more than 50 people also pledged to a #24HrsFast to stand in solidarity with the women and children currently incarcerated at Karnes, Dilley, and Berks Family Detention Centers.
This #24HrsFast included participants from key community organizations that have historically worked with the Central American community in the United States, including Maegan Ortiz, Executive Director of IDEPSCA (Institute of Popular Education of Southern California), Alex Sanchez, Executive Director of Homies Unidos, Angela Sanbrano, Board Member of NALACC (National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities), Martha Arevalo, Executive Director of CARECEN-LA (Central American Resource Center of Los Angeles), Alexis Stoumblis, Executive Director of CISPES (Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador), and Nancy Zuniga, Coordinator of the Human Rights Alliance for Child Refugees & Families.
Other fasters included community members from California, Washington D.C., Maryland, Illinois, Arkansas, New Mexico, Connecticut, and Texas.