NEW YORK, October 31, 2013 – We are saddened to report that Families for Freedom (FFF) member, Tiombe Carlos, age 35, has died in Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody. Ms. Carlos died of an apparent suicide in York County Prison after being held in detention for nearly three years despite her well-documented severe mental disability and repeated pleas for her release.
Please join us to celebrate 11 years of fighting to keep our families and our communities together! Our annual fundraiser will take place on Tuesday, November 12, at Judson Memorial Church. There will be music, international food, a raffle, drinks, dance, and a special theater performance!
We are excited to announce that Families for Freedom is now accepting applications for our Fall Speakers Bureau program! Speakers Bureau is a 10 week program with weekly classes focusing on the intersections between the criminal justice and immigration system, organizing against detention and deportations and public speaking and presentation skills. Graduates from the program go on to educate and organize their communities to create real safe spaces to empower immigrant families.
This fall we will be celebrating 11 years of working to keep our families together, educating our communities about detention and deportation and struggling against repressive policies.
September 11, 2013
Check out our new blog in the Huffington Post: Comprehensive Immigration Bill Does Nothing For Our Families. In this opinion piece our Executive Director, Abraham Paulos, provides an analysis of the current immigration bill S.744, how it criminalizes our communities and separates our families.
Join us for the West Indian Day Parade! We go to the parade every year to raise awareness about detention and deportation. This year we will be speaking about "Comprehensive Immigration Reform" and the impact it could have on our families.
July 30, 2013
As it stands, this specific “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” (S.744) bill does nothing meaningful for our families. Politicians dangle the prospect of legalization in front of us, but with the heavy cost of increased ICE and border enforcement, more deportations of those who have had contact with the criminal legal system, and no right of return for those that have been deported under expansive categories of convictions. We will not accept the legalization of our daughters and sons in exchange for the banishment of our mothers, fathers and all who deserve to be reunited with their families.
June 16, 2013
NEW YORK, Jun 16 2013 (IPS) - As the debate on immigration reform continues in the Senate and fractured talks persist about the future of 11 million undocumented migrants, one New York-based group took to the streets to ask their senator a question. Stationed outside Senator Chuck Schumer’s office in midtown Manhattan Friday, Families For Freedom, an organisation fighting against the detention and deportation of immigrants, particularly parents, asked their leaders, “Obama, Schumer, would you deport your papa?” The protest, held two days before Father’s Day, was meant to highlight the trauma deportation and detention causes by separating families when parents are held in facilities or sent home. “We’re demanding that President Obama stop deporting fathers and that the fathers that have been deported are able to come back,” Esther Portillo-Gonzalez, spokesperson for Families for Freedom, told IPS.
Since 2009, close to 2 million people have been banished from the United States and deported to another country. Many of them have been parents, mothers, and fathers of U.S. citizen children. In the wake of Comprehensive Immigration Reform the Obama Administration and Congress continue to support a deportation policy that continues to destroy families. The children migrants are the ones who are most deeply affected by this erroneous immigration policy, they are the ones who wake up every day without at least one parent. Come support the children of fathers banished and deported, as they stand up and demand the return of their fathers!