WORLD | June 29, 2018 - Since October, over 2,000 children have been split from their parents at United States borders, most of whom were separated in the last six weeks under Trump administration. The children and infants labelled as “unaccompanied minors” have been sent to government institutions and former warehouses where they have been detained and mistreated, and live in fear that they may never unite with their families again. Women’s March Global chapters have come together from all over the world to address the abhorrent human rights violations happening to immigrant children in the U.S.
“While these horrible acts of family separation are happening in the U.S., this is a global issue,” says Lara Stein, Executive Director of Women’s March Global. “Our chapters in Barcelona, Milan, Madrid and all over the world have united to stand up for the human rights of these immigrants.”
Several chapters will be hosting protests, marches and acts of civil disobedience to end family separation and detention from June 27-July 1. Supporters can find a list of events happening in the U.S., Canada, South America, Europe and Asia here. Organizers have also provided a number of steps individuals can take leading up to these events.
“We will be conducting a Tweet Storm on Friday, June 29th 21hr GMT as we prepare for the demonstrations this weekend,” shares Uma Mishra-Newbery, Director of Global Community, Women’s March Global. “Join us on Twitter @WM_Global and raise your voice in pursuit of reunifying families immediately.”
Find more information on the Tweet Storm here.
Together, chapters have collected resources and actions that anyone from anywhere in the world can take immediately. On their webpage, Women’s March Global has listed actions such as signing the many petitions started by U.S. citizens living abroad in countries such as Spain, Italy, France, Canada, Israel and more. The petitions denounce the family separation policy and are being shared, signed, and read out loud in front of U.S. embassies and other public places, and shared on social media.
Women’s March Global has also provided a list of companies directly profiting from the placement of children in camps, to which people are encouraged to email with their concern. In addition, Women’s March Global has listed various organizations working on the ground directly on the border to advocate for migrant and displaced youth and families such as RAICES, The Young Center, Al Otro Lado, Pueblo Sin Fronteras, Informed Immigrant, United We Dream and The UndocuBlack Network.
Women’s March Global is encouraging U.S. citizens living abroad, who want to help, to contact their senators and representatives. Find a list of asks here.
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