#DilleyDispatches: From Hope to Heartbreak in Forty-Eight Hours

December 22, 2016

Ernie Collette is a Government Benefits and Immigration Attorney at MFY Legal Services Feature Image Photo Credit: Claire R. Thomas Wednesday, December 14, 2016. I met with a woman and her young daughter who had a signed order in a request to extend their detention to avoid deportation from Dilley, Texas. Based on testimony that they offered, but was previously was unavailable, I was assigned the task to write a Request…

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#DilleyDispatches: Challenging Patriarchy Through Advocacy

December 21, 2016

By Carlos A. Valenzuela, an Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow with the Safe Passage Project. Photo Credit:“No More Violence Against Women.” April, 2011 © lingiik | Flickr Traveling to the South Texas Family Residential Center detention facility in Dilley, Texas has marked my personal and professional life in incredible ways. The detention center currently holds over 1800 women and children; it has capacity for hundreds more women and children who will inevitably…

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#DilleyDispatches: Broken

December 18, 2016

By Carlos A. Valenzuela, an Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow with the Safe Passage Project; Claire R. Thomas is an attorney with the Safe Passage Project and teaches at New York Law School; Ernie Collette is a Government Benefits and Immigration Attorney at MFY Legal Services; Marilyn E. Alvarado is a first generation college graduate from CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice and paralegal with Safe Passage Project; Michelle Castaneda is a Ph.D….

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#DilleyDispatches: Luchadoras in Detention

December 14, 2016

Marilyn E. Alvarado is a first generation college graduate from CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice and paralegal with Safe Passage Project.  I did not know I would end up discovering the true strength and resilience of women in a place where it is supposed to be taken away. Being detained for an unreasonable and inhumane amount of time is one thing, but being shamed for trying to breast…

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#DilleyDispatches: Charlas y Paciencia

December 13, 2016

By Ernie Collette is a Government Benefits and Immigration Attorney at MFY Legal Services; Carlos A. Valenzuela, an Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow with the Safe Passage Project.  Photo Credit: Catholic Immigration Network. Ernie and then Carlos share experiences of their first day.  Waking up to pitch black darkness at 6:40 AM, mist from the dense fog covers the car and blankets the sky as we make the 2-min drive to correctional facility…

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#DilleyDispatches: Welcome to Baby Jail, Holiday Edition

December 13, 2016

Claire R. Thomas is an attorney and adjunct professor interested in migration, statelessness, human rights, and empowerment for women and girls facing poverty and gender-based violence. Based in New York City, Thomas advocates for immigrant children facing deportation from the United States as an attorney with the Safe Passage Project and teaches at New York Law School. Twas a few weeks before Christmas and all through the trailer, stockings were…

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Dilley. The Return. With Friends

December 11, 2016

By Carlos A. Valenzuela, an Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow with the Safe Passage Project; Claire R. Thomas is an attorney with the Safe Passage Project and teaches at New York Law School; Ernie Collette is a Government Benefits and Immigration Attorney at MFY Legal Services; Marilyn E. Alvarado is a first generation college graduate from CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice and paralegal with Safe Passage Project; Michelle Castaneda is a Ph.D….

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Learning to Walk Behind Bars: The Treatment of Accompanied Children in Detention

November 15, 2016

Claire R. Thomas is an attorney and adjunct professor interested in migration, statelessness, human rights, and empowerment for women and girls facing poverty and gender-based violence. Based in New York City, Thomas advocates for immigrant children facing deportation from the United States as an attorney with the Safe Passage Project and teaches at New York Law School. Over the past 30 years, immigration detention in the United States has expanded…

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Calling All Movement Lawyers: We Need To Organize Our Legal Support

November 10, 2016

Chaumtoli Huq is the Editor of Law@theMargins. Additional thanks to Editorial Law Intern Val Merlina for her edits on this piece. Many of you I know who are committed to social justice are processing the United States presidential election results and the pending Trump presidency, and many of you are doing this in different ways: from gathering with friends, getting on social media, jumping into actions and protests, while others of you…

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VIDEO: Tea Workers Protest Creation of Economic Zone Over Their Cultivated Land

November 5, 2016

Tea workers from Chandpore Tea Estate share about their protest to stop the creation of a special economic zone over land they have cultivated for years to supplement their meager salary from tea plucking.  Listen to them talk about their struggle that began in December 2015.  While the government has halted on the plan to have a economic zone, after months of protest, there is still not guarantee that they…

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