Right 2 Reunite Campaign
Started 2 petitions
Stop Cambodian Deportations - Amend Repatriation Agreement Between U.S. and Cambodia!
Sign the petition to urge the Democratic National Committee and, if elected, the Democratic presidential candidate to amend the agreement between Cambodia and the United States so we can keep families together! Since 2000, the United States has amped up the deportation of Cambodian American refugees after the signing of a formal repatriation agreement between the two countries. Since its signing, the forced removal of Cambodian American refugees from the United States has resulted in the deportation of over 750 Cambodian nationals. After Donald Trump’s election, the Cambodian American community has seen an increase of deportations by 279%. This has devastated the Cambodian community who has already survived a U.S. backed genocide, poverty, incarceration, and now, deportation. Nonetheless, the efforts by the U.S. government to deport Cambodian nationals has been met with much resistance by the Cambodian community. In 2017, organizers from the United States and deportees from Cambodia met with the Cambodian government and advocated to halt the deportations of Cambodian Americans. This grassroots group highlighted the harsh impact of separation for families who have survived war and the hardship of transitioning into a country where most deportees have never set foot in. As a result, the Cambodian government agreed to cease cooperation with the U.S. government until the U.S. decided to revisit the repatriation agreement between the two countries. Unfortunately when Trump took office, the U.S. responded with placing travel sanctions on Cambodia unless they agreed to increase deportations. The Cambodian government has since cooperated with the U.S. government by accepting deportees at alarming rates. The U.S. has not lifted travel sanctions on the Cambodia. The Cambodian American community has yet to see relief from family separation since the U.S. carpet bombed Cambodia in the 1970s. Cambodian families continue to be separated. Although organizers in the U.S. have fought to provide deportation defense to Cambodian Americans, the repatriation agreement has kept the deportation pipeline open. We are demanding the Cambodian government and the U.S. government amend the repatriation agreement so that Cambodian refugee survivors can remain with their families in the United States. We are demanding that those who have been removed since 2000, have the right to reunite with their families. We are demanding an end to family separation and an end to violence the Cambodian American community has experienced for too long. Sign the petition to urge the Democratic National Committee and, if elected, the Democratic presidential candidate to amend the agreement between Cambodia and the United States so we can keep families together.
Stop the Deportation of Kang Hen - Beloved Father & Cambodian Genocide Survivor
Tell Santa Clara District Attorney Jeff Rosen and Governer Gavin Newsom to stop the deportation of Kang Hen! On April 1st, 2019 ICE arrested beloved father and San Francisco resident Kang Hen. In the next months, Kang faces imminent deportation to Cambodia, a country he fled as a child to escape genocide. In the 1960s and 1970s, U.S. wars carpet-bombed countries in Southeast Asia that destabilized governments, leading to genocides that forced refugees like Kang here. After resettling in an under-resourced neighborhood in San Jose, Kang struggled with instability at home as well as bullying and violence by gangs in his neighborhood. Kang joined a gang at the age of 13 to find protection and belonging. Immediately after his 18th birthday in 1994, Kang Hen was arrested for driving two friends away from a robbery attempt and was charged as an accomplice in the robbery by the Santa Clara District Attorney. Like many Southeast Asian refugee youth, Kang was convicted because he was poor. As a teenager, Kang spent four years in jail pre-trial because he could not afford bail and accepted a plea even though juries refused to convict him twice as a way to finally get out. Kang is deemed deportable because of his decades-old conviction in Santa Clara County. Kang feels deep remorse for the mistakes that he made as a youth. After his release, Kang committed himself to turning his life around and away from gangs. Kang has never been arrested again. Kang found employment at a seafood business where he has worked for the past 13 years. Kang and his partner Ruth of 17 years have a 3-year-old son together. Because Ruth currently suffers from a life-threatening illness, Kayden faces the heartbreaking possibility of losing both of his parents. Advocacy efforts from Kang's family resulted in a recent resolution passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors condemning Southeast Asian deportation which named directly-affected community members like Kang Hen. Kang has applied for a pardon from Governor Newsom and also asked the Santa Clara District Attorney Jeff Rosen to join a motion to vacate his conviction. Join Kang's family, advocates, and San Francisco public officials to urge District Attorney Jeff Rosen and Governor Gavin Newsom to act on these clean-slate decisions to provide Kang relief from deportation and remain with his family.