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For Immediate Release // Excuse Cross Posting // September 2, 2016 Contact: Armando Carmona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , (323) 250-3018   COURT LOWERS BOND OF IMMIGRANT GRANDMOTHER VICTIM OF ICE & LAPD GANG & RACIAL PROFILING Despite Growing Community Support, ICE Still Refuses to Release Her or Stop Her Deportation, as Local Groups Announce Fundraiser to Get Her Out of Jail   Los Angeles – Yesterday, an immigration judge lowered to $5,000 the bond of Xochitl Hernandez, immigrant grandmother and L.A. resident who has been imprisoned at the private Adelanto Detention Center for six months and is at the center of the #FreeAbuelaXochitl campaign. Before yesterday, she had been held on a $60,000 bond following gang and racial profiling by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). ICE had opposed her release on bond.   Xochitl Hernandez is fighting for the right to remain with her five U.S. citizen children and four U.S. citizen grandchildren. In response to the move by the immigration judge, local community groups have pledged to raise the bond money necessary to get her out of jail.   “All I want is to be back with my family. I hope the judge’s decision means I will be able to return home soon,” said Xochitl Hernandez, from Adelanto Detention Center where she has been jailed for six months. “I have gained strength from all the support I have received. I hope you will continue to support me and my family in this difficult time so that I can come home.”   “My mother should never have been picked up. She never should have been in custody. She has lived in this city for 30 years, and she should be able to walk the streets without fear of being deported,” said Stephanie Hernandez, one of Ms. Hernandez’s five children. “Growing up with an immigrant parent, my fear was always that my mother could be deported at any time. I was devastated watching the cases of other immigrant families torn apart when a parent was deported. Living this nightmare, I have seen how cruel and inhumane the system is. My family and I have been fighting for her to get released, and we won't stop now.”   “Unfortunately, it will still be a struggle for Xochitl's family and community to find the money to get their mother out of Adelanto,” said Jordan Cunnings, a lawyer at Public…
For Immediate Release // Excuse Cross PostingsAugust 31, 2016Contact: Armando Carmona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , (323) 250-3018 Jailed Immigrants at For-Profit Detention Center Serenaded as California Governor Considers Legislation to Ban Private Prisons Grammy Award winning La Santa Cecilia, Los Jornaleros del Norte, and special guests “CHANT DOWN THE WALLS” of Adelanto Detention Center Adelanto, California—The National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) along with the families of Xochitl Hernandez and Alvaro Benitez, and supporters of Calvin Carter, held a demonstration, which included a public concert, at the Southern California Adelanto Detention Center on Wednesday August 31st. The demonstration sought to bring attention to the immorality of jailing immigrants for a profit and elevate the voices of those directly impacted by U.S. immigration policy. The Adelanto Facility is designed strictly for immigrants and has a long history of extreme medical abuses and mistreatment of detainees, including the death of a Salvadoran immigrant. Detained immigrants have repeatedly engaged in hunger strikes to demand improved medical attention, better food, and humane treatment. The facility is run by the GEO group, a private company that has federal contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Throughout the evening, supporters called for the immediate release of longtime L.A. resident Xochitl Hernandez as the #FreeAbuelaXochitl campaign continues to gain national attention. Her family called her imprisonment “outrageous,” as it is based on racially biased accusations of “gang affiliation” tied to the neighborhood she lived in. Xochitl has now been held for over 6 months at Adelanto on a $60,000 bond. “It is outrageous that ICE is doubling down on their false and unsubstantiated claims about Xochitl even though the LAPD has already acknowledged that she should not be a priority for deportation and they have no record of her having any gang involvement,” said Emi MacLean, Staff Attorney for NDLON. “Rather than compounding this tragedy, ICE should accept its error and release her to go back to her family.” Supporters also highlighted the case of Calvin Carter, a Jamaican gay man imprisoned in Adelanto. Calvin has five U.S. citizen children and has already been found to have a reasonable fear of returning to Jamaica. But he remains imprisoned because of his family’s inability to pay a $10,000 bond. A crowdrise fundraiser is raising money for Calvin’s release. As part of the Chant Down the Walls concert series, Grammy award-winning La Santa Cecilia and day laborer band Los Jornaleros del Norte highlighted through music the injustices related to the treatment of immigrants and demonstrated solidarity with those…
For immediate release // Excuse Cross Posting // Available Online HereAugust 29, 2016Contact: Armando Carmona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , (323) 250-3018 NDLON Reaction to DHS announcement:  Practice of Incarcerating Immigrants by For-Frofit Contractors Should End, Not Be Reviewed Concert Announced in California to Serenade Jailed Migrants (Los Angeles) In reaction to the announcement from Secretary Johnson that he will enlist the Homeland Security Advisory Committee (HSAC) to review the use of for-profit companies to jail immigrants, NDLON issued a series of statements and announced a concert in California this Wednesday outside of a notorious immigrant detention center. Pablo Alvarado, director of NDLON, said: “There is nothing to review.  No one should ever profit from other people’s pain, and the use of private contractors is a practice that frankly should have been ended by the Obama Administration 7 years ago.    What some people call ‘private detention centers’ are in fact public jails for immigrants that are operated by for-profit corporations.  They should be shut down without delay, and the Obama administration should immediately cease its repugnant policy of jailing asylum-seekers, its overall policy of deterrence toward Central American refugees, and its utterly indefensible reliance on deportation quotas.   Chris Newman, Legal Director for NDLON, added:   “In the past, DHS has used the HSAC as a shield to deflect political liability that resulted from its controversial deportation practices.  For example, the HSAC Secure Communities review was not an earnest attempt to explore policy reforms.   To the contrary, many believed at the time it was a white-washing effort meant to tamp down the sanctuary cities that were embarrassing the Obama Administration.   When it comes to its jailing policy, if DHS is interested in a serious review, we would hope they would form a committee of experts that include immigrants who were formerly incarcerated.” Additionally, NDLON has announced the convening of a Chant Down the Walls public concert and demonstration outside of Adelanto Detention Center to be convened on Wednesday August 31st at 6:00pm calling for the end of immigrant detention. During the event, incarcerated migrants will be serenaded; demonstrators will call upon Governor Jerry Brown to sign a bill that would close for-profit jails. Who: Musicians TBA, Supporters of Xochitl Hernandez, NDLON What: Chant Down the Walls Public Concert & Demonstration Where: Adelanto Detention Facility 10250 Rancho Rd, Adelanto, CA 92301 When: Wednesday August 31st 6:00pm ###
For immediate release: August 25, 2016 Contact: Jon Rodney, CIPC,Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n ; Armando Carmona, NDLON, (323) 250-3018   CA Senate approves revamped TRUTH Act to bring transparency to shadowy deportation practices   New version of bill upholds immigrants' right to turn down abusive deportation interviews by ICE agents in local jails   Sacramento - Today, the California State Senate approved a re-tooled version of the TRUTH Act (AB 2792) by Assemblymember Bonta. The initial vote count was 23 to 9. The bill will now return to the Assembly floor for a concurrence vote to approve the amendments. Following that vote, the bill heads to Governor Brown's desk.   The Senate's approval of the TRUTH Act comes amid mounting frustration over the involvement of local police and Sheriff with deportations, with the case of a Los Angeles grandmother turned over from LAPD to ICE and currently facing deportation due to false and tenuous accusations of gang association. As the case of Abuela Xochitl shows, once handed over to ICE, community members can languish in detention for long periods of time without so much as seeing a judge and with limited oversight once individuals are in ICE custody.   The version of the bill approved today focuses on upholding the community's right to know about Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)'s unscrupulous and secretive practices.   "California is the nation's most diverse and forward-thinking state. We don't build walls, we build bridges. And the TRUTH Act embraces that core value by bringing transparency to ICE's secretive practices and ensuring our immigrants have the same constitutional protections guaranteed to all Californians," said Assemblymember Rob Bonta.   Specifically, the bill would:   1) Put vital know-your-rights information in the hands of immigrant community members held in local jails and targeted by ICE.   The TRUTH Act would guarantee to community members the "right to know" if ICE has asked the local jail to turn the person over for deportation, and the "right to say no" or to request to have an attorney present for abusive interview requests where deportation agents often coerce, intimidate, and violate basic rights. While interviews with ICE inside local jails are optional, that basic information is currently denied to immigrants.   If local law enforcement does notify ICE about a person's release date, they must also notify that person's loved ones or attorney.   2) Shine light on the hidden pain caused…
For Immediate Release // Excuse Cross-Postings // Available here Contacts: Armando Carmona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , (323) 250-3018 Date: August 17, 2016   Groundswell of Outrage Surges In Reaction to Case of Incarcerated Immigrant Grandmother   Groups Demand the Immediate Release of Domestic Violence Survivor from California For-Profit Immigration Jail   Los Angeles—Over 100 domestic violence, faith, immigrant, and civil rights organizations called upon Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to immediately release Xochitl Hernandez from the for-profit immigration jail she has been held in since February.          Xochitl has five U.S. citizen children and four grandchildren and has lived in the U.S. for 30 years. She is imprisoned and in deportation proceedings because ICE agents subjected her to an interview during a Los Angeles Police Department criminal raid for which she was never a target. The ostensible foundation for her detention is a single shoplifting conviction from over a decade ago and a baseless allegation of gang affiliation.    “This case demonstrates the dangerous way President Obama's absurd ‘felons not families’ rhetoric has been interpreted by ICE agents on the ground,” said Emi MacLean, attorney for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. “A prior conviction does not make someone deserving of permanent banishment. It is past time for the calls for criminal justice reform to be heard in the halls of U.S. immigration agencies.”   At an immigration hearing where Xochitl had no lawyer, a police officer testified he saw Xochitl near gang members. The officer noted that she lived in an area frequented by gangs. As a result of this attenuated and unsupported testimony, a judge slammed Xochitl with a $60,000 bond. Now ICE says she falls into a top deportation priority category because of demonstrable profiling and entirely false claims of gang affiliation.   “This is an illustrative case of how gang profiling criminalizes people based on where they live and who they know rather than what they do,” said Ana Muñiz, Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, University of California, Irvine. “Both ICE and LAPD should recognize Xochitl’s detention as reprehensible, but neither has acted to compel her release.”   “Immigration detention attacks human dignity and re-traumatizes those who have already survived terrible violence,” said Victoria Mena of Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC). “Xochitl is the perfect example of why the for-profit Adelanto immigration detention center must be shut down.”   A domestic violence survivor,…
For Immediate Release // Excuse Cross-Postings August 15, 2016, Contacts: Armando Carmona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , (323) 250-3018; Angela Chan, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , 503.358.2795 (press only)   Immigrant Rights Groups Ask Federal Judge to Compel DHS Disclosures About Embattled Jail-Based Deportation Program   Pressure Grows on Obama Administration to Reconcile Conflicting Messages About Immigrant Rights, Criminal Justice Reform, and Transparency   New York City – In response to the refusal of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide information about promised reforms to its controversial jail-based deportation program, immigrant rights groups asked a federal judge Monday to compel urgent disclosures required under the Freedom of Information Act. The move comes as President Obama’s history of broken promises on immigration and transparency is coming into sharper focus in his final months in office, and he seeks to turn attention to criminal justice reform.   In November 2014, DHS formally ended the disgraced Secure Communities (S-Comm) deportation program, relying on entanglement with local law enforcement, and announced a new program, the Priority Enforcement Program, or PEP. Many of the details that led to the revolt against S-Comm were initially kept secret by the government and only uncovered as the result of prior FOIA litigation. Now DHS and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) again seek to keep from public disclosure—for years—critical information about its modified jail deportation program even as evidence increasingly suggests that the new program suffers from the same fatal flaws that led to the termination of S-Comm, and as there are increased calls for police to cease actions undermining police-community relations.   Tom Fritzsche, clinical teaching fellow at the Immigration Justice Clinic of the Cardozo School of Law, stated: “The Obama Administration has refused to provide basic information about a program that has radically altered not only immigrants’ relationship with local police, but also local law enforcement’s relationship with ICE.”   In support of the motion to urgently release information, the organizations provided more than a dozen declarations from lawmakers, organizations, and victims of the divisive program. These statements detail the devastating impact of the program on individuals, families and communities. In one declaration provided to the court, Xochitl Hernandez, currently imprisoned and facing deportation in Adelanto, California, described being taken into custody by ICE after an arrest by the LAPD, even though she does not fit any of DHS’ stated deportation priorities.   Policymakers explained the pressure imposed by DHS on lawmakers to…
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Contact: Armando Carmona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , (323) 250-3018 What About Us?Criminalized Immigrants Respond to President Obama’s Defense of “Second Chances”    Los Angeles, CA - In response to President Obama’s announcement this week that he will be granting clemency to 214 Americans who were “incarcerated under outdated and unduly harsh sentencing laws,” immigrant families actively seeking redress from those very same laws issued the following series of reactions: “President Obama says people deserve second chances. My family fully agrees. Unfortunately, my dad didn’t get a second chance when he was deported because of a traffic stop and a decades-old drug conviction,” said Victor Alvarez, son of Jose Alvarez who was deported in February of this year. “Now our family is torn apart and I had to put my education on hold to take a second job to support our family. We will continue to ask President Obama to right this wrong and let my dad come home.” Read more about Jose: bit.ly/bringjoseback Stephanie Hernandez, daughter of Xochitl Hernandez, a single mother of 5 US citizen children currently in detention, said the following: “What about our family? My mom raised 5 U.S. Citizen kids and has lived in this country for almost thirty years. Because of a single shoplifting misdemeanor from a decade ago, President Obama's government has kept her locked up in a for-profit jail since February and isn't letting her out unless my family comes up with $60,000." Read more about Xochitl: bit.ly/FreeAbuela "After my conviction, I built a good life for myself in Portland. I contributed to my community and have worked night and day to raise my two U.S. citizen daughters,” said Francisco Aguirre, a day laborer who pled no contest to a drug charge decades ago. “After much organizing and community support, the Department of Justice dropped the charges against me, but President Obama’s immigration enforcement agents still won't leave me and my family alone.  President Obama is still trying to deport me," he concluded. Read more about Francisco: bit.ly/UnidosConFrancisco “The hypocrisy here is breathtaking. President Obama’s brutal deportation record has resulted in the unprecedented criminalization of migrants. He has fused our mass incarceration and our mass deportation systems, and he has put US immigration policy at odds with the criminal justice reform movement,”  said Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON). He continued,  “The  President continues to say that he is deporting 'felons…
For Immediate Release August 2, 2016 Contact: Armando Carmona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , (323) 250-3018   Complaint From Immigrant Workers and NDLON Leads to OSHA Investigation and $100,000 Fine for Serious Safety and Health Violations   Houston, TX – On Monday, August 1st 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that they will fine Houston tortilla factory  Espiga de Oro over $100,000 after finding over 20 serious OSHA violations at the factory, including locked emergency exits, exposed live wires, and dangerous heavy machinery without proper safety guards. The OSHA investigation occurred following a complaint filed by six former employees who were arrested during an ICE immigration raid that occurred at the factory one year ago.   The workers were represented in their OSHA complaint by the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON). Together with the workers, NDLON and Fe y Justicia have advocated for whistleblower protections for the workers and redress for the labor rights violations they and their fellow workers suffered at Espiga de Oro.   “By bravely coming forward and reporting the egregious health and safety violations at Espiga de Oro, these workers improved conditions for workers everywhere," said Emi MacLean, Staff Attorney for NDLON. “Instead of being arrested in an immigration raid, they should be awarded whistleblower protections in recognition of their courageous work to defend the lives and well-being of their fellow workers.”   Karina Antunes, a former Espiga de Oro employee and one of the workers who filed the OSHA complaint said, “No one should be subjected to the conditions that my co-workers and I experienced at Espiga de Oro. I will never forget the horror of witnessing my co-worker lose two fingers on one of the machines or the anger I felt when our manager refused to call an ambulance until he unwrapped his bandage and showed the stubs of his missing fingers. I am proud that by filing this complaint we were able to protect the current employees, and I am hopeful that they will no longer have to go through what we went through.”   “Although ICE was eager to prosecute the immigration violations it found at Espiga de Oro, it took constant pressure from workers and advocacy organizations to make sure that the egregious labor rights violations were also addressed. These workers deserve our thanks for their tireless efforts, which lift up all workers, immigrant and non-immigrant alike,” said Martha Ojeda, Executive…
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Contact: Armando Carmona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , (323) 250-3018 NDLON Welcomes Xochi Flores as its First-Ever Associate Director Activist, Artist & Popular Educator Brings Wealth of Leadership Experience to Help Guide Organization at Crucial Time    Los Angeles, CA -- This week, The National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) announced that Xochi Flores, an LA based activist, popular educator and musician will be the national network’s first-ever Associate Director.  The announcement comes as NDLON expands its work to defend and advance migrant worker rights during a pivotal moment. Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement: “Xochi comes from a long line of community organizers and activists. She has  participated in social justice work for at least 25 years and has been involved in numerous campaigns, community based projects and organizations. “She has vast experience in team building, professional and project development, engaging activists, artists and the broader community and always envisions projects from start to finish. She is someone her community trusts and looks to for leadership. Xochi will play a critical role in enhancing the internal organization and infrastructure necessary to advance our work. We are very fortunate to have her be part of our national leadership and I am looking forward to working with her as we continue to improve the lives of Day Laborers across the country.” At NDLON, Xochi successfully led the individual donor initiative for the last three years. She plays an integral role in developing and sustaining healthy relationships with NDLON’s donor base.  In 2014, she also spearheaded a project whereby community colleges partner with local worker centers to create curriculum relevant to the day laborer community, they offer these courses on site at worker centers. This project is now supported in part by the National Council on Workforce Education and has been highlighted by the National Skills Coalition. Additionally, Xochi has booked several nationally recognized artists such as Chuck D, Ozomatli, Aloe Blacc, Ceci Bastida and Quetzal for NDLONs public concert series Chant Down the Walls. Xochi is currently leading a project to build popular education modules on Black and Brown History/Affinities along with Dr. Gaye Johnson, Dr. Roberto Flores and Dr. Chris Zepeda. These are set to launch in the fall of 2016. Xochi is an experienced grant writer and has written dozens of…

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For Immediate Release //June 23, 2016Contact: Armando Carmona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , (323) 250-3018 Day Laborer Network Reaction to President Obama Speech Los Angeles, CA -- In response to President Obama’s remarks this morning about US v. Texas, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of NDLON, issued the following statement: “President Obama's response to the impasse in the Supreme Court was woefully inadequate. In the wake of the Supreme Court’s shameful 'non-decision' in Texas v. US, immigrants are left to organize in defense of their basic rights in the face of unprecedented hostility.  Rather than joining them, the President adopted a defeatist attitude, even going so far as to suggest there is simply nothing more he can do to help immigrants and refugees. That is flatly wrong. In his last six months, the President can—and must—at a minimum: (1) end his misguided 'PEP-Comm' program that criminalizes immigrants by using sheriffs as de facto deportation agents; (2) grant temporary protected status to Central American families fleeing horrific violence in their home countries; (3) stop the record-breaking deportations his own administration has championed and (4) take a strong, principled stand against the xenophobic nationalism sweeping the country during this election season.  This is the minimum.   Immigrant families don’t have the option to give up their struggle simply because the Supreme Court got it wrong today.  Immigrants must now demonstrate the courage that is lacking among our political leaders, including President Obama.    Ultimately, this morning’s speech will not stand up to historical scrutiny.  President Obama's immigration policy has been incoherent.  By his own admission, he relied heavily on border enforcement and deportations in a failed gambit to win legislative reform in a broken Congress. In the current political climate, it is unacceptable to say that nothing else can be done.  His own policies contributed to the current mess.  The President has six months to start cleaning it up.” ###

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Initial Reaction from NDLON on Supreme Court Tie in US v. Texas

Los Angeles, CA -- In response to the Supreme Court's 4-4 tie in US v Texas, which preserves the district court's injunction of the President’s Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) program, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) issued the following immediate reactions.  

Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of NDLON responded:

“If DAPA was the President's 'Plan B' after a failed political strategy for comprehensive immigration reform, then it is incumbent on his administration to immediately announce their 'Plan C' after this setback. It will be fully unacceptable for the President to use this decision as an excuse for inaction in cleaning up the mess created by his brutal deportation policy.

“President Obama must use his remaining political capital to defend the rights of immigrants and refugees, and we will be looking to him for the type of leadership that we expected when he first took office.”

“Going forward, it is important to remember that it was grassroots, bottom-up pressure that compelled the President to act before, and the future will be no different. Immigrants must continue to organize in defense of our basic rights in the face of unprecedented nativism in the political sphere."  

Chris Newman, NDLON’s Legal Director said:   

“The 4-4 decision leaves unresolved outside of the Fifth Circuit the question of whether and how the President can provide work authorization for currently undocumented immigrants, but it does not impact the President's indisputable authority to reduce deportations, nor does it  foreclose other forms of relief as a legal matter."

NDLON’s legal team, advocacy team, and a group of impacted Day Laborer spokespersons will be available for comment and interviews.

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 // June 17, 2016Contact: Armando Carmona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , (323) 250-3018Romeo Sosa, VOZ Workers’ Rights Education Project, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n Federal Prosecutor Drops Criminal Charge Against Portland Day Labor Leader, Attention Turns to ICE as Coalition Pledges to Stop His Deportation and Prevent Criminalization of other Migrants *** Portland Community Leaders to host Father’s Day Press Conference & Rally at Church Where Francisco Aguirre Sought Sanctuary (see below for details) *** Portland, OR -- The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced it dropped the reentry prosecution against Portland day laborer & immigrant rights leader Francisco Aguirre. The announcement came as a result of a groundswell of support from individuals across the country who signed letters, petitions, and held vigils demanding that Aguirre be allowed to remain in the U.S. and grieve in peace after the vicious murder of his teenage son, Moises, in El Salvador in February of this year. Francisco’s case became the subject of national attention after he publicly sought sanctuary in a church following an attempt by Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) to carry out a warrantless raid on his home. ICE responded by charging Aguirre with “reentry” for having escaped violence in El Salvador fifteen years prior, “re-entering” the US after being deported. “I am grateful for my family, my day laborer community, my attorneys, and every single person, church, and organization that stood by my side.  And I am hopeful that ICE will stop targeting my family,  said Francisco Aguirre about his ordeal.  He continued,  “This initial victory is proof that when we come together, we can win.  The only way to ensure justice for migrants is if we come together as a community and defend our basic human rights.” “The U.S. Attorney made the correct decision to drop a cruel and unnecessary prosecution. It should serve as an example for the DOJ to stop callously prosecuting refugees fleeing for their lives,” said Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON). Organizations representing the #UnidosConFrancisco efforts pledged to continue organizing to stop ICE’s continued tormenting of the Aguirre family. Rather than giving Aguirre the opportunity to argue his case for asylum-like humanitarian relief before an immigration judge with all the due process protections which that entails, ICE has served a “Notice of Intent to Issue a Final Administrative Removal Order” (FARO), a little-known maneuver in which an ICE agent orders a…
Press ADVISORY  Contact: Jorge Torres, 203-278-2729; Armando Carmona, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. \n , (323) 250-3018 Ecuadorian Immigrants to Converge in Washington DC as Consensus Grows for “TPS FOR ECUADOR” This week, Senators Booker & Menendez joined the 32 members of Congress calling for Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for Ecuadorians in the US after devastating earthquake in Ecuador What: TPS for Ecuador! Rally, Relief for Families When: Monday, June 20th, 11:00AM-2:00PM Where: US Capitol, West Lawn Washington, DC -- On Monday, Ecuadorian immigrant families living in the U.S. will converge in Washington, DC to call on the White House and DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson to grant “TPS” (Temporary Protected Status) for Ecuadorians in the US, in response to the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit the Andean country. The earthquake resulted in 663 deaths, 73,000 internally displaced persons, and 250,000 individuals in need of humanitarian assistance. A grant of TPS for Ecuadorians living in the U.S. would facilitate their participation and support for the recovery effort, and provide a partial reprieve for the emergency response and communities in Ecuador from receiving the average of 1,200 individuals deported to Ecuador each year. Nearly 3 dozen members of the House, led by Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Crowley, and now Democratic Senators Booker and Menendez have called for TPS as a response to the earthquake. The Ecuadorian government has also officially requested the grant of TPS. The Monday rally will bring together about 1,000 people from different parts of the east coast, including Queens, Westchester and Brooklyn, from New York State, and Newark, Plainfield and Hightstown, from New Jersey. There are approximately 200,000 Ecuadorians who live in the United States without documentation.   For additional information, please visit www.TPSforEcuador.org   ###

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Construction Company Convicted of “Manslaughter” sets “Historic Precedent” for Workplace Safety Regulations

Los Angeles, CA -- On Friday, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. announced the conviction of HARCO CONSTRUCTION LLC (“HARCO”) for “recklessly causing the death of a 22-year-old construction worker, Carlos Moncayo, by failing to heed and address unsafe work conditions at a construction site in the Meatpacking District, contributing to the collapse of an excavation pit and the death of the victim”. HARCO was convicted of Manslaughter in the Second Degree, as well as Criminally Negligent Homicide and Reckless Endangerment. The sentencing is expected to take place in July 13 2016.

Gonzalo Mercado, Executive Director of La Colmena in Staten Island NY issued the following statement:

"Today's decision sets a historic precedent in a city were too many workers have lost their lives in preventable constructions accidents. No more slaps on the wrist for bad employers that put profits over workers’ safety. Our hearts are with the Moncayo family and  all of those we've lost in past accidents"

Omar Henriquez Regional Organizer at the National Day Laborer Organizing Network said:

“The guilty verdict will not bring Carlos Moncayo back to life, but it puts contractors on notice: if one of your workers gets killed on the job, you are responsible and will face the consequences. No more free rides for irresponsible contractors.”

Cal Soto, Workers Rights Coordinator at the National Day Laborer Organizing Network said:

“We are encouraged by the DA’s successful efforts to bring justice to the family of Carlos Moncayo. Carlos Moncayo’s death and the trial of his murderers has shined a spotlight on the entirely avoidable fatal conditions that persist in worksites throughout the country due to weak and selectively enforced health and safety regulations.

“The workers that were present throughout the trial know these dangers firsthand, as they are often compelled to assume the risks taken by their employers for fear of retaliation. Together, we will continue to advocate for safe workplaces, employer accountability, and protection against retaliation for reporting health and safety violations."

Advocates from many organizations participated in a rally outside of the courtroom in support of Carlos Moncayo including, the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) and its member organizations, New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE), The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH), Wind of the Spirit, Workers’ Justice Project and Workplace Project, La Colmena, El Centro del Immigrante and Obreros Unidos de Yonkers, among others.

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