Petition to Sarah Saldana, Barack Obama, Thomas Decker
FREE Alisson a 7 year old girl trapped in family detention
Most seven year-olds celebrate their birthdays with cake. Alisson celebrated hers in an immigrant detention center, where she has been held for over 6 months. As Alisson’s attorney, I can tell you that her detention is unlawful and cruel – she remains in detention in spite of having been approved for a visa to stay in the U.S. Sign to demand that Alisson be released from Berks Detention Facility. Alisson and her mother migrated from El Salvador, a country where violence against women and children has become so rampant that it’s known as the murder capital of the world. The Salvadoran government has failed time and again to protect people like Alisson and her mother, and now the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is punishing them for trying to escape. When they arrived here, Alisson not only applied for asylum, but also for a special visa on the basis of her being an abandoned child subject to harm and violence, should she be deported to El Salvador. That visa application has been approved! Because of this approval, she has filed for her permanent residency in the United States, and her application is pending right now. It is almost guaranteed that she will be granted permanent residency, yet this seven-year-old is still being held in detention and subject to imminent deportation back to her death – for no apparent reason. ICE has waged a war against a 7-year-old girl. Sign to demand that they free Alisson. Though they have the discretion to release her at any time, ICE has shown us that they intend to keep subjecting Alisson to physical and emotional harm, cooped up in a prison designed for children. I know that the only way they will free her is if enough of us sign and shame them into treating this little girl like a human being. Sign and ask that ICE free Alisson.
Petition to Thomas Brophy
Sugrat Mohamed should be released from immigration detention!
Sugrat Mohamed was detained on February 20 during a routine check-in appointment at the ICE office in Manchester NH. Sugrat arrived to the US as a six year old child, fleeing war-torn Sudan with his mother and siblings. In the more than 20 years he has lived here, his home country has split into two and remains divided in a bitter war. Following an order of deportation several years ago, ICE detained him twice while they tried, unsuccessfully, to deport him to Sudan. He has been checking in regularly to his deportation officer for five years, and in that time he has become a father and breadwinner for his family. To be suddenly detained yet again so that ICE can try again to secure travel documents for him, from a country that does not recognize him as a citizen, is cruel and pointless. His family wants him home with them so that they can be together for whatever time they have left. Please contact ICE to demand that Sugrat be released from detention, and be allowed to await his deportation at home with his family in Manchester, NH. Tell them that Sugrat should be at home with his family, and that his detention is unnecessary and cruel since he is complying with ICE's attempt to remove him.
Petition to Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen
Keep them together! Stop separating children from their families at the U.S. border.
The New York Times reported that since October 2017 more than 700 children have been separated along the southwest border from adults claiming to be their parents, including 100 children under the age of 4. Many of these children remain in custody indefinitely apart from their parents. “Needlessly ripping kids, toddlers, babies away from their parents is inhumane, barbaric and unconstitutional. An Administration that purports to uphold family values is callously inflicting devastating trauma on children and families in service of its punitive immigration policies,” said Sandy Santana, Executive Director of Children’s Rights. In an amicus brief filed in March on behalf of an asylum seeker separated from her seven-year old daughter, Children’s Rights explained that the traumatic stress that a child experiences when needlessly separated from a parent may have life-long consequences because it can disrupt the development of brain architecture and other organ systems and increase the risk of stress-related diseases and cognitive impairment well into the adult years. You can read more about the amicus brief here.Children’s Rights will work with its partners to continue to advocate for immigrant children separated from their families. As Christina Remlin, Lead Attorney and author of our amicus brief put it: “How can we tuck our children in at night, knowing that our government is doing this to other parents who love theirs as much as we do? How do we inflict such cruel trauma on children?” Please sign and share our petition to Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Kirstjen M. Nielsen. About Children’s Rights Every day, children are harmed by America’s broken child welfare, juvenile justice, education, and healthcare systems. Through relentless strategic advocacy and legal action, we hold governments accountable for keeping kids safe and healthy. Children’s Rights has made a lasting impact, protecting hundreds of thousands of vulnerable children and we are poised to help millions more. They are depending on us…and you. http://www.childrensrights.org/
Petition to Veteran Service Corps Board
Terminate the detention of Asylum Seekers at the US Border
Veteran Service Corps is engaged in building toward an equitable world through maximizing the training, education, experience, and talents of the veteran community. VSC volunteers support human and civil rights, facilitate sustainable solutions that improve our communities, provide the infrastructure necessary to address complex systemic problems, and build capacity in others through camaraderie, teamwork and service. The detention of asylum applicants and their children on the southern border of the United States is equivalent to concentration camps, slavery and the internment of Japanese-Americans. The incarceration of these families is immoral and is reminiscent of black site operations undertaken in the past. The United States as a beacon of hope for those fleeing tyranny in the pursuit of peace and justice is what is at stake. Our American legacy for protection of the defenseless and assistance to the needy should be offered to these refugees as it was to our ancestors. The board of directors of Veteran Service Corps, and the individual signees affixed hereto, respectfully petition the government of the United States to immediately halt the current border crisis and replace it with a policy of respect for the human rights of these immigration aspirants and end detention of asylum applicants. The honor of the country and the American people demands nothing less. The Board of Directors of Veteran Service Corps Christopher Duesing, President Nancy A. Hoffman, Vice-President/ acting Treasurer David Andrews, Secretary J. Pate Hutson, Director Brandon Boucher, Director Maureen Walsh, Director