Dilley. The Return. With Friends

unnamedBy 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. Candidate in the department of Theatre and Performance Studies at Brown University. Her research focuses on theorizing the intersection of theatrical performance and the law.

Photo Credit: Migration is Beautiful. By Favania Rodriguez.  Support her work. 

“I am so tired of waiting, 

Aren’t you, For the world to become good 

And beautiful and kind?” ~ Langston Hughes

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On Human Rights Day, we stand up against intolerance and hatred and reaffirm our common humanity. Today, we packed our bags and our resiliency to begin our week volunteering at the South Texas Family Residential Facility, otherwise known as “Baby Jail” in Dilley, Texas.

Despite 400 women and children having been released last Saturday night, the population in the facility at Dilley is over 1,800 women and children (four times as large as when Michelle and I volunteered in February).

Thank you all so much for your support- both emotional and financial. It truly means a lot. We couldn’t have made it this far without you.

We arrive in San Antonio tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon and begin our orientation at 5 PM. We’ll be posting nightly group updates at Law @ The Margins . Read our latest piece: Dilley Dispatches: Holistic Legal Support to End Family Detention We believe that the message to end family detention needs to be spread far and wide.

Continue to support our trip down to Dilley, Texas here.

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