Residents and community organizers who have spent time in immigration detention continue to fight to stay in the U.S. and with their families.
WHAT: Echoing national calls to end immigration detention, Chicago residents will share stories of their experiences inside an immigration detention center and describe the ways in which they are continuing the fight to stay in the U.S. with their families.
WHEN: Saturday, June 6, 12:30-2 PM
WHERE: 1900 S. Carpenter, Casa Cultura
WHO: Chicagoans who experienced what it is like to be detained by immigration will describe the effect it has had on their mental health and their families, and how they are still fighting their deportation.The main presenters, who are member of Organized Communities Against Deportations, will include:
Noe Adan Carlos-Herrera
Noe, a resident of Aurora, spent 11 months in detention at the Dodge County Facility Detention Center in Wisconsin after making a right turn at a red light.
Maria, an Albany Park resident from Ecuador, gave birth in the a detention center in Texas before coming to Chicago.
Maribel also resides in Albany Park. Last summer, at the age of 16, she traveled to the U.S. alone from Guatemala. She is now fighting against her deportation.
Bruno spent 4 months at the Dodge County Facility Detention Center.
WHY: The New York Times recently called for an end to immigrant detention, stating that “the system breeds cruelty and harm, and squanders taxpayer money. It denies its victims due process of law, punishing them far beyond the scale of the offense. It shatters families and traumatizes children.”
Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD) is a Chicago-based, undocumented-led, community group organizing against immigration detention and deportation.