Our MissionFamilies for Freedom is a New York-based multi-ethnic human rights organization by and for families facing and fighting deportation. Read more

As Part of a National Day of Action, Activists demand that Scopia Fund Management Divest from Private Prison Industry.

Thursday, December 13, 2012: Families for Freedom, local prison abolitionists, and Enlace, the national coordinator of the Private Prison Divestment Campaign, will protest outside Scopia Fund Management LLC from 6:00 to 7:00 pm at 152 West 57th St. in Manhattan to demand the company stop investing in private prisons. The intent is to educate the general public and shame Scopia. There will be a marching band, street art, and other surprises.The demonstration is part of a national Day of Action of the Private Prison Divestment Campaign.

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For more than ten years Families for Freedom has been on the frontline of fighting for human rights. We are current and former detainees, deportees and their loved ones. We address the unjust systems that criminalizes us because we are poor, that incarcerates us because we are people of color and forces us to migrate back to plundered lands. As federal deportation programs continue to proliferate in every jurisdiction in the country, our fight has become increasingly critical and relevant to our lives, our families and our communities.
 
Under the current administration we endure record breaking deportations. In the last four years the U.S. has forced close to two million people out of the country. President Obama’s iron fist approach to aggressive policing targets poor communities of color through programs such as “Secure Communities”, 287g, and local NYC enforcement programs like Stop and Frisk. In the wake of reignited talks around Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR), a proposal spearheaded by our New York Senator Schumer that aims to increase the unprecedented levels of deportations. The proposal tenets also include but are not limited to: increase border and interior enforcement, an expanded skilled guest worker program, an English proficiency requirement and a national ID card that threatens civil liberties and human rights.
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A decade ago, three families came together to confront the largely invisible crisis of deportation. Together they broke the silence and overcame the isolation that many families face when one of their members is facing deportation. Creating an informal network focused on providing mutual support and education, the Shahani Family, Subhash Kateel, and Maria Muentes formed Families for Freedom (FFF). From these three founding families' vision grew the powerful organization we know today fighting on the frontlines of this nation's immigration debate. This is a slideshow of all the people involved over the past decade with Families for Freedom's work.
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On November 9th hundreds of Families for Freedom members, allies and volunteers came together to celebrate over ten years of organizing to keep our families together. Together we dined, danced and honored the powerful work of visionaries Shahani family, Subhash Kateel, and Maria Muentes who founded Families for Freedom. You can view a photo slideshow of the party below. Thanks to all who attended and special thanks to all who volunteered and cooked food. For those of you who were unable to attend but want to support Families for Freedom you can still donate here.
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Join The National Private Prison Divestment Campaign, Families for Freedom, Enlace Int'l and others to protest companies that profit off the detention of immigrant communities. Matthew Sirovich and Jeremy Mindich’s Scopia Capital LLC, is one of the largest shareholder in the Geo Group (GEO), the largest company in our nation’s private prison industry. It also holds stock in Corrections Corporations of America GEO has been linked to cruel anti-immigrant laws in Arizona and Georgia as well as to abusive practices in immigrant detention facilities GEO runs for the federal government. Courts have found GEO responsible for wrongful deaths, sexual assaults, and other horrors in its tax-funded lock-ups.
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November 16, 2012
The Detention Watch Network on Thursday released 10 “Expose and Close” reports on facilities across the country housing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees, saying the reports “detail the acute and chronic human right violations occurring in immigration detention in the United States today.” “These are completely inhumane places, and people should not be held in them,” said Emily Tucker, director of policy and advocacy for the Washington, D.C.-based organization. “They violate human rights, they violate civil liberties and we want them closed.”
New Reports Highlight Pattern of Abuse and Demand President Obama Restore Basic Dignity

GADSEN, ALABAMA– The immigration detention system in the United States has grown drastically over the last 15 years and the appalling conditions in the detention centers that house immigrants have reached a tipping point.

President Obama made promises to reform this inhumane system in 2009, but the reality on the ground has not changed. Now, conditions at the jails that house immigrants have gotten so bad, the only option is to begin shutting them down.

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Everyday we talk to people who are being held in deplorable conditions in our nation's immigrant detention centers. We helped compile many of these testimonies for the Explose and Close reports. Detention Watch Network has coordinated the release of ten "Expose and Close" reports which detail the acute and chronic human right violations occurring in immigration detention in the United States today.

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