Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Moratorium on Deportations to Haiti during COVID-19 Pandemic (Sign-on Letter)

The letter to Secretary Pompeo, Ambassador Sison, and Acting Secretary Wolf was originally published here.

The Honorable Mike Pompeo

U.S. Secretary of State

2201 C Street NW

Washington, DC 20037

 

The Honorable Michele J. Sison

U.S. Ambassador to Haiti

Tabarre 41

Route de Tabarre

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

 

The Honorable Chad Wolf

Acting Secretary

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

301 7th Street SW

Washington, DC 20024

 

June 19, 2020

 

Re: Moratorium on Deportations to Haiti during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Dear Secretary Pompeo, Ambassador Sison and Acting Secretary Wolf:

We write to express our gravest concern regarding U.S. deportations to Haiti during the coronavirus pandemic. Deportations export COVID-19 throughout the region and put countless lives at risk. The current COVID-19 reported incidence is spiraling out of control, and the true infection numbers are far higher, creating a situation where the capacity in Haiti’s health system to respond to COVID-19 cases is already at its limit. An ongoing surge of infection could destroy an already weak economy and exacerbate political instability. These conditions could perpetuate the cycle of migration to the United States, as Haitians desperate for work, security and survival will be forced to leave Haiti.

We respectfully ask that your offices immediately halt deportations to Haiti during the COVID-19 pandemic. There is simply no safe way to deport persons; deportations risk the consequent spread of this highly contagious and deadly disease in receiving nations, both among COVID-19 negative passengers traveling with COVID-19 positive ones, as well as people on the ground in Haiti. Containing the spread of COVID-19 may also prevent a future flow of Haitian migrants to the United States.

Given the severe limitations on the availability of COVID testing and the unreliability of test results, deportations should be halted without condition. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are not taking adequate steps to prevent, treat or test for COVID contagion in ICE detention facilities, which have become hotspots of COVID-19 outbreaks. ICE has reported that only 30 percent of detainees had been tested for COVID-19, and of those tested about 30 percent tested positive for the virus (2110 confirmed cases). As the weeks and months pass, we are seeing a significant increase in cases among both ICE detainees and detention facility staff.

ICE has also been reluctant to test detainees before deporting them. Since mid-March, at least three deportees to Haiti, 102 deportees to Guatemala and deportees to Mexico have tested positive for COVID-19. The Guatemalan government estimated that recently returned immigrants made up more than 20 percent of the country’s confirmed COVID-19 cases. In addition, 22 of 76 deportees to India, four to El Salvador and some to Romania have tested positive for COVID-19 on arrival in their home countries from ICE detention facilities.

Even more concerning, ICE placed at least six persons who they knew had tested positive for COVID-19 on the initial manifest for the May 11 Haiti deportation flight. Ultimately, after lawyers for the detainees notified the press, the six persons were not deported. However, advocates are reasonably concerned that absent media attention, the individuals who had tested positive may have landed in Haiti.   

Even if a more stringent testing protocol were adopted, deportations should still be prohibited, as the accuracy of COVID testing varies widely. Moreover, the very act of placing individuals on an ICE flight—by definition a congregate setting where air recirculates for hours —facilitates infections after the tests have been administered but before the plane touches down in the receiving nation. Deportees to Haiti have reported being placed next to each other without an empty seat in between. The United States lost credibility on assurances to receiving countries after four Guatemalan detainees tested positive for COVID-19 in early May, one of whom the U.S. government certified had tested negative. 

We are concerned that ICE is both not testing all deportees — it tested only 16 of 30 persons deported to Haiti on May 26, per an ICE spokesperson, contradicting assurances from Ambassador Sison that all deportees would be tested within 72 hours of departure — and that it is using unreliable “rapid” tests. The Food and Drug Administration on May 14 stated that rapid tests can be inaccurate, and recommended confirming negative results with a high-sensitivity authorized molecular test. ICE apparently “rapid” tested the 16 Haitians on May 25, but did not confirm negative results. One of the Haitians deported on May 26 complained the night before and in prior days to difficulty breathing, fever, and pain in his chest and legs. He was deported anyway. 

While COVID-19 cases exceed 2.2 million in the U.S., 4547 cases and 80 deaths have been confirmed in Haiti, as determined by 9353 tests. As the Ministry of Health and other experts race to put together more resources, Haiti’s scientific community strongly opposes receiving any more deportees during the pandemic. Haitian health experts estimated that there are 39 physicians to manage COVID-19, 124 ICU beds and the capacity to ventilate 62 people in a country of 11 million. DHS found in 2017 that “Extreme poverty, corruption, and low levels of education in Haiti challenge its resilience and have contributed to the government’s longstanding inability to adequately provide for the security, health, and safety of its citizenry.”

The pandemic looms at a time of acute economic and political turmoil. Haiti’s inflation is at 22 percent, the value of the Gourde has dropped by 37.6 percent since October 2018, and the price of food has doubled, and in some cases quadrupled. USAID warns of “acute food insecurity,” and according to the United Nations, 40 percent of Haitians require urgent humanitarian assistance.

In January 2020, after two months of a tense lockdown that closed roads, schools and businesses, the mandates of most members of Parliament and all mayors were terminated due to delayed elections. The political instability has resulted in a sharp increase in violent crime, causing the U.S. State Department to issue a level 4 travel advisory in March 2020, labeling Haiti as dangerous as conflict zones such as Afghanistan, South Sudan and Somalia. 

As you know, Haiti’s economy and political stability have been devastated by the 2010 earthquake, a cholera epidemic brought by the UN that took over 10,000 lives, Hurricane Matthew in 2016, and violent elections in 2015-16, all of which caused outward migration. Today, approximately 3,500 Haitians live in Tijuana, awaiting U.S. immigration proceedings. If the Haitian government is unable to contain the spread of COVID-19 and cases proliferate, the country could be on lockdown for months, exacerbating unemployment and insecurity, and perpetuating another wave of migration bound for the United States.

There is precedent for temporarily suspending deportation flights to Haiti due to extreme hardship. In January 2010, DHS suspended deportations in light of the earthquake. Sending deportation flights to Haiti during a global pandemic in light of its weak public health system, acute food insecurity, impoverished living conditions, and level 4 travel advisory by the United States is reminiscent of when DHS terminated Temporary Protected Status (TPS) effective January 18, 2018, despite finding that Haiti remained unable to safely repatriate its nationals. A federal district court struck down DHS’s termination of TPS as “influenced by White House officials’ political motivations” to “ignore statutory guidelines” and “to abate non-white immigrants in the country.” (See Saget v. Trump, 375 F. Supp. 3d 280 (E.D.N.Y); see also Ramos v. Nielsen, 321 F.Supp.3d 1083 (N.D.Cal)).  

We respectfully request that you use the powers and knowledge inherent in your position to halt deportations during the coronavirus pandemic to prevent further destabilizing the country and region, and to prevent the massive loss of lives.More narrowly tailored measures are available to protect U.S. interests, such as releasing and monitoring detainees to shelter in place with their families, rather than deportations to a country already buckling under an over-burdened infrastructure. Given the unequal power relationship between the United States and Haiti and the number of lives at stake, it is especially important that the United States allow Haiti to freely choose what’s in the best interest of its people, and avoid attempts to coerce them with threats to withhold visa privileges or awarding ventilators if they do not receive deportation flights.  

Thank you Secretary Pompeo, Ambassador Sison and Acting Secretary Wolf for your attention.  As we celebrated Haitian culture the month of May in the United States, we are reminded of the Haitian proverb, l’Union Fait la Force (Strength in Unity).

cc:  Honorable President Jovenel Moïse

Honorable Prime Minister Joseph Jouthe

Honorable Minister of Foreign Affairs Claude Joseph

Honorable Ambassador Hervé H. Denis

Honorable Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi

Honorable Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy

 

Sincerely,

  1. Edwidge Danticat, Author
  2. Danny Glover, Actor
  3. Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., Founder & President, Rainbow/PUSH Coalition
  4. Ibram X. Kendi, Founding Director, BU Center for Antiracist Research
  5. Opal Tometi, Co-Founder, Black Lives Matter
  6. Jackson Browne, Musician
  7. Rainn Wilson, Co-founder, Lide Haiti
  8. Barbara Ransby, Ph.D, University of Illinois at Chicago, Scholar, Activist, Author
  9. Rep. Dotie Joseph, State Representative, Florida House of Representatives
  10. Alix Desulme, President, National Haitian-Americans Elected Officials Network (NHAEON)
  11. Dr. Mathylde Frontus, Assemblywoman, New York State Assembly
  12. Daniella Levine-Cava, Miami Dade Commissioner and Mayoral Candidate
  13. Michael Joseph, Commissioner, City of North Miami Beach, FL
  14. Guerline Jozef, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Haitian Bridge Alliance
  15. Jonathan Jayes-Green, Vice President, Marguerite Casey Foundation
  16. Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe, General Secretary. General Board of Church and Society; The United Methodist Church
  17. Rev. John L. McCullough, President and CEO, Church World Service 
  18. Dr. Paul Farmer, Co-Founder and Chief Strategist, Partners In Health
  19. Abby Maxman, President and CEO, Oxfam America
  20. Rev. Mary Katherine Morn, President & CEO, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
  21. Michael Breen, President & CEO, Human Rights First
  22. J Ron Byler, Executive Director, Mennonite Central Committee U.S.
  23. Robert Maguire, Ph.D., Professor of International Development Studies, George Washington University
  24. Marielena Hincapié, Executive Director, National Immigration Law Center (NILC)
  25. Marie Daniella Charles-Belzie, MD, President, Haitian American Psychiatric Association
  26. Vince Warren, Executive Director, Center for Constitutional Rights
  27. Florence Elie, former UN Advisor, Ombudsman for Haitain Office of the Protector of Citizens and Member of the Cabinet of the Minister of Justice 
  28. Michele Montas-Dominique, Journalist, Former Director of Radio Haiti, Radio Haiti
  29. Frantz Voltaire, Président, CIDIHCA
  30. Randall Robinson, Former President, TransAfrica
  31. Colette Lespinasse, Membre, Partenaires pour la Citoyennete Engagee en Haiti (PCEH)
  32. Guetty Felin, Artistic Director, 2004Images
  33. Rosemonde Pierre-Louis, Founder and Chair, The Haitian Roundtable
  34. Conor Bohan, Executive Director, HELP
  35. Marleine Bastien, Executive Director, Family Action Network Movement
  36. Nadine Duplessy Kearns, Founder & Steering Committee Chair, Haitian Ladies Network
  37. Karen Andre, Former White House Liaison to HUDD
  38. David Belle, Artists Institute
  39. Josie Maran, Josie Maran Cosmetics
  40. Michelle Morse, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Co-Founder, Harvard Medical School and EqualHealth
  41. Amanda Klasing, Co-Director (Acting), Women’s Rights, Human Rights Watch
  42. Mark Schuller Ph.D, President of the Board of Directors, Haitian Studies Association
  43. Karen Keating Ansara, Fund Advisor, Ansara Family Fund
  44. Mary H White, MD, Advisory Board member, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti
  45. Christina Fialho, Co-Founder/Executive Director, Freedom for Immigrants
  46. Holiday Reinhorn, Co-founder, Lide Haiti
  47. Paul Beaubrun, Musician
  48. Glenn R Smucker, Ph.D, Founding Partner, Manifest Haiti
  49. Anne-christine d’Adesky, Co-Founder, Act Up – Fight Covid-19
  50. Eugenia Charles, Executive Director, Fondasyon Mapou
  51. Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, Former President, Presbyterian Church (USA)
  52. Robert Nicholas, Executive Director, AME-SADA, INC
  53. Jake Johnston, Senior Research Associate, Center for Economic and Policy Research
  54. Scott W Morgan, Executive Director, Haitian Global Health Alliance
  55. Dr. Sasha Kramer, Co-founder and Executive Director, Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL)
  56. Nicaise Avignon, Executive Director, COFHED
  57. Dr. Fritz Fils-Aimé, Executive Committee and President,  Democrats Abroad and Haitian American Veterans Association (HAVA)
  58. Dr. Cate Oswald, Partners In Health
  59. Mercedes Becerra, Director, Program in Infectious Disease and Social Change, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  60. Salmaan Keshavjee, Director, Harvard Center for Global Health Delivery, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  61. Alice M. Miller, J.D., Co-Director, Global Health Justice Partnership of the Yale Law and Public Health Schools
  62. Franciscka Lucien, Executive Director, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti
  63. Margaret Satterthwaite, Professor of Clinical Law, Global Justice Clinic, NYU School of Law
  64. Melinda Miles, Managing Partner, Manifest Haiti
  65. William P. Quigley, Loyola University New Orleans, Professor of Law
  66. Ira J. Kurzban, Attorney, Kurzban Kurzban Tetzeli Pratt, Attorneys at Law
  67. Peter Hallward, Professor of Philosophy, Kingston University
  68. Dr. Monalisa Ferrari, Member, United Front of the Haitian Diaspora
  69. Aaron Goldberg, Musician
  70. Rev. Dieufort J Fleurissaint, True Alliance Center Inc.
  71. Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, Presbyterian Church (USA)
  72. Fr. Jack Martin, President, Haiti Solidarity Network of the Northeast
  73. Rev. Eugene Squeo, President, New Jersey Forum for Human Rights
  74. James Silk, Binger Clinical Professor of Human Rights, Yale Law School
  75. Blaine Bookey, Legal Director, Center for Gender & Refugee Studies
  76. Elaine Zuckerman, President, Gender Action
  77. Amber Walsh, Director of Operations, Haitian Education & Leadership Program (HELP)
  78. Karen Musalo, Professor, Professor of Law, University of California, Hastings
  79. Richard A. Boswell, Professor of Law, University of California, Hastings
  80. Michelle Karshan, Executive Director, Alternative Chance – Chans Altenativ
  81.  Cristina Jiménez, Executive Director & Co-Founder, United We Dream
  82.  Rich Stolz, Executive Director, OneAmerica
  83.  Wendy Young, President, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)
  84. Barbara C Sampson, President of the Board of Friends of Matènwa, Friends of Matènwa
  85. Clark Seipt, Executive Director, Community Coalition for Haiti
  86. Isabelle Clérié, Project Director, Fondation Devoir de Mémoire – Haïti
  87. Marie-Marguerite B. Clérié, Présidente, Fondation Devoir DE Mémoire-Haïti
  88. David Diggs, Executive Director & Co-Founder, Beyond Borders
  89. John Engle, Director, Haiti Partners
  90. Brian Concannon, Jr., Founder and Executive Director, Project Blueprint
  91. Ellie Happel, Haiti Project Director, Global Justice Clinic, NYU School of Law
  92. Yifat Susskind, Executive Director, MADRE
  93. John Marchese, Executive Director, Quixote Center
  94. Christine W Low, Executive Director, Friends of Matènwa
  95. Sr. Kathy Thornton, RSM, Executive Director, Mercy Focus on Haiti
  96. Debbie Harvey, Founder and CEO, Helping Haitian Angels
  97. Dr Billy Beaufils, President, Haitian Ministry Theophile Churches 
  98. Joel R Kupferman, Founder, Environmental Justice Initiative for Haiti 
  99. Amaha Kassa, Founder and Executive Director, African Communities Together
  100. Adoubou Traore, Executive Director, African Advocacy Network
  101. Sara Wolf, Head of Programs, AMURT-Haiti
  102. Demeter Russafov, Director, AMURT-Haiti
  103. Kim Lamberty, President, Just Haiti, Inc
  104. Anna Reeve, Program Coordinator, Caris Foundation
  105. Chad W Bissonnette, Executive Director, Roots of Development
  106. Patrice Lawrence, Co-Director, UndocuBlack Network 
  107. Pabitra Khati Benjamin, Executive Director, Adhikaar
  108. Nicole Elizabeth Ramos, Director, Border Rights Project, Al Otro Lado
  109. Mustafa Jumale, Policy Manager, The Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI)
  110. Lisa Haugaard, Co-director, Latin America Working Group (LAWG)
  111. Rev Jimmie Hawkins, Director, Office of Public Witness, Presbyterian Church (USA)
  112. Jill Weber, Haitian in country liaison, Mercy Focus on Haiti
  113. Beverly Bell, Associate Fellow, Institute for Policy Studies
  114. Jacques Bartoli, Representative in Haiti, Haitian Resource Development Organization
  115. Sr. Patricia McDermott, President, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
  116. Tatiana Mora, Head of Operations, #SHE_BUILDS Global Initiative
  117. Gladys Pean
  118. Carol M Bigio
  119. Philippe Elie
  120. Holly Cooper, Co-Director, UC Davis Immigration Law Clinic
  121. Marjorie Florestal, UC Davis, Adjunct Professor
  122. Rev. David Emmanuel Goatley, PhD, Research Professor of Theology and Black Church Studies and Director of the Office of Black Church Studies, Duke Divinity School 
  123. Brynna Bolt, President, Hastings to Haiti Partnership
  124.  Sister Charmaine Krohe, SSND, Provincial Leader, School Sisters of Notre Dame Atlantic-Midwest Province
  125. Maureen A Foltz, Sister, Carmelite Sisters, Vedruna
  126.  Joy A Peterson, Promoter of Justice, Congregational Leadership, Sisters of the Presentation
  127.  Fr. Terrence Moran, Director, Office of Peace, Justice, and Ecological Integrity/Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth
  128.  Sister Peg Regan, Member, Lower Fairfield County Immigration Collaborative
  129.  Patricia Erickson, OP
  130.  Linda Stilling SSND, Sister, School Sisters of Notre Dame
  131.  Sheilamarie Tobbe, Adult Literacy Coordinator, Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland
  132.  Toni Stuart, Member, Immaculate Heart Community
  133.  Patricia Connolly, Sister, Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent De Paul
  134.  Frances Tobin RSCJ, Member, Religious of the Sacred Heart
  135.  Mary Ann Buckley, Member, Society of the Holy Child Jesus
  136.  Rosemarie Abate, Board Member, Sistes, Home Visitors of Mary
  137.  Christina Fuller OSF, Sister, Franciscan Sister of the Sacred Heart
  138.  Mary Kozmik, Associate, St Paul’s Monastery
  139.  Karen J. Hartman, S, F, P. Franciscan Sisters of the Poor, US Area
  140.  Sister Mary Brigid Clingman, OP, Promoter of Justice, Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids
  141.  Ann Scholz, SSND, Associate Director for Social Mission, Leadership Conference of Women Religious
  142.  Sister Noella Poinsette, Director of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation, Sisters of St. Francis (Oldenburg)
  143.  Sister Eileen Gannon, Executive Team Member, Dominican Sisters of Sparkill
  144.  Sister Ruth Battaglia CSA, Justice, Peace, Integrity of Creation Coordinator, Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes
  145.  Kathleen Bryant, Leadership Team, Religious Sisters of Charity
  146.  Sister Janet Kinney, CSJ, Sisters of St. Joseph
  147.  Cecile Roeger, Promoter of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation, Dominican Sisters of Houston
  148.  Toby Lardie, HM, Pastoral Leader, Sisters of the Humility of Mary
  149.  Josie Chrosniak, Coordinator, JPIC OFFICE. – Sisters of the Humility of Mary
  150.  Sr. Barbara Flores, WP Leadership team, SCN
  151.  Sr. Sangeeta Ayithamattam, Congregational Leadership, SCN
  152.  Benita Coffey, OSB, Promoter of Social Justice, Benedictine Sisters of Chicago
  153.  Sister Ellen Maroney, IHM, President, Sisters of IHM, Scranton, PA
  154.  Sr. Rosemary Russell, Chair, Immigrant and Refugee Committee, Sisters of the Most Precious Blood, O’Fallon, MO
  155.  Sr. Jackulin Jesu, SCN, Sisters of Charity of Nazareth Congregational Leadership
  156.  Sr. Valorie Lordi OP, Vowed Sister, Dominican Sisters of Our Lady of the Rosary
  157.  Sr. Sharon Gray, SCN, Sisters of Charity of Nazareth Western Province Leadership
  158.  Deacon Roberta Wall, Secretary, Haitian Bridge Alliance
  159.  Sister Laura Donovan, RDC, President, Sisters of the Divine Compassion
  160.  Margaret Perron and Members of Provincial Team, Provincial and Members of  Provincial Team, USA – Haiti Province, Religious of Jesus and Mary
  161.  Bishop Thomas J. Gumbleton, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus, Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit
  162.  Margaret fry Keating
  163.  Niani Montgomery Kilkenny
  164.  Mary Elizabeth MIller, Sister, Sisters of Charity
  165.  Anne Wambach, Benedictine Sisters of Erie
  166.  Sister Ethel Howley, Social Responsibility Resource Person, School Sisters of Notre Dame
  167.  Sr. Susan Wilcox, Coordinator, Sisters of St. Joseph, Brentwood NY Office of Justice, Peace, Integrity of Creation
  168.  Colleen Kammer, Director of Peace, Justice and Ecology, Sisters of the Precious Blood, Dayton, OH
  169.  Rosie Miller, Sr., Sisters of St. Francis
  170.  Matthew M Kavanagh, PhD, Director, Global Health Policy Initiative, O’Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law, Georgetown University
  171.  Christa Franzer, Congregational Minister, Sisters of St. Francis
  172.  Bill Montross, Exec. Bd. Member, D.C. Chapter, National Lawyers Guild
  173.  Michael Ray, Member, American Immigration Lawyers Assoc.
  174.  Mike De La Rocha, Co-Founder, Revolve Impact
  175.  Andrea Healy, Volunteer, Mercy Focus on Haiti
  176.  Andrea Mercado, Executive Director, New Florida Majority
  177.  Tyler Moran, Executive Director, Immigration Hub
  178.  Jennifer Nagda, Policy Director, Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights
  179.  Kathy O’Leary, Region Coordinator, Pax Christi New Jersey
  180.  Oscar Chacon, Executive Director, Alianza Americas
  181.  Erin Anderson, Pro Bono Coordinator, Al Otro Lado
  182.  Mily Treviño-Sauceda, Executive Director, Alianza Nacional de Campesinas
  183.  Margaret Conley, Director, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas Justice Team
  184.  Eleni Wolfe-Roubatis, Executive Director, Immigrant Legal Defense
  185.  Ray Huber Jr, Database Analyst, Fonkoze USA
  186.  Jose Servin, Communications Coordinator, California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance
  187.  Jackie Gonzalez, Policy Director, Immigrant Defense Advocates
  188.  Rev. Emmett L. Dunn, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Lott Carey
  189.  Donald Anthonyson, Executive Director, Families for Freedom
  190.  Paola Luisi, Co-Director of Families Belong Together, Families Belong Together
  191.  NorCal Resist, Sacramento, California
  192.  Carolina Martín Ramos, Director of Programs and Advocacy, Centro Legal de La Raza
  193.  Martha Arevalo, Central American Resource Center – CARECEN- of California, Executive Director 
  194.  Maricela Gutierrez, Executive Director, Services, Immigrant Rights & Education  Network (SIREN)
  195.  R. Ragbir, Executive Director, New Sanctuary Coalition
  196.  Kham Moua, Director of National Policy, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)
  197.  Carolyn Burr, Volunteer Phone Support, Freedom for Immigrants
  198.  Min. Mario Fuentes, Minister, LA Voice
  199.  Stacie Chaiken, Member, Bend The Arc
  200.  Alina Das, Co-Director and Professor of Clinical Law, NYU Immigrant Rights Clinic
  201.  Pini Herman, Co-chair Immigration Justice Committee, Bend the Arc
  202.  Stephanie Guiloud, Co-Director, Project South 
  203.  Emery Wright, Co-Director, Project South 
  204.  Rabbi Mark Borovitz 
  205.  Jeannie Economos, Health and Safety Project Coordinator, Farmworker Association                                 of Florida 
  206.  Sophia Rome, Lay Leader, Bend the Arc: Jewish Action
  207.  Russell Jauregui, Staff Attorney, San Bernardino Community Service Center
  208.  Maura Reinbrecht, Law Student Intern, Legal Aid Society
  209.  Gabi Kuhn
  210.  Lakshmi Sridaran, Executive Director, South Asian Americans Leading Together
  211.  Kristina Shull, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow in Global American Studies, Harvard University
  212.  Ian Stringham, Executive Director, California Legal Research
  213.  Jennifer Ferrigno, Co-Director, National Network for Immigrant & Refugee Rights
  214.  Karrie Ann Melendrez, Team Leader, Bend the Arc
  215.  Erika Andiola, Chief of Advocacy, RAICES
  216.  Esther Hernandez-Medina, Visiting Assistant Professor, Pomona College
  217.  Kelly Paulemon, Social Media Coordinator, Summits Education
  218.  Karen Tumlin, Director/Founder, Justice Action Center
  219.  Esperanza Cuautle, Co-Director, Pangea Legal Services
  220.  Kimberley Osias, Intern, Haitian Bridge Alliance 
  221.  Francesca Konner, Intern, Haitian Bridge Alliance
  222.  Sarah Sarzynski, Associate Professor, Claremont McKenna College
  223.  Peniel Ibe, Policy Engagement Coordinator, American Friends Service Committee
  224.  Organizers from Allies to End Detention, San Diego, California, Allies to End     Detention
  225.  Marie Lucey, Associate Director, Franciscan Action Network
  226.  Thomas M. Griffin, Partner, Surin & Griffin, P.C.
  227.  Karen Hoffmann, Esq., Attorney, Syrena Law
  228.  Serge Bellegarde
  229.  Rev. Mark Stephenson, Interim Director, Christian Reformed Church Office of Social Justice
  230.  Carolyn Mellin, Managing Director, Summits Education
  231.  Taif Jany, Policy Entrepreneur, Next100
  232.  Michelle Liang, Policy & Communications Associate, National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC)
  233.  Kate Jastram, Director of Policy & Advocacy, Center for Gender & Refugee Studies
  234. Diana Konate, Policy Director, African Communities Together
  235.  Margaret A. Baker, DrPH, Convener, South Bay People Power
  236.  Joseph Tomás Mckellar, Co-Director, PICO California
  237.  John Baumann, S.J., Founder & Director of Special Projects, Faith in Action      International
  238.  Yael Pineda, Member, Koreatown Popular Assembly 
  239.  Jorge Gutierrez, Executive Director, Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement
  240.  Maegan E. Ortiz, Executive Director, Instituto de Educacion Popular del Sur de California
  241.  Samuel Rubin, Director of Impact & Strategy, Young Entertainment Activists
  242.  Sania Irfan, Impact Coordinator, Young Entertainment Activists
  243.  Luisa Del Giudice, Independent, Los Angeles
  244.  Raymonda Schwartz
  245.  Lisa Madison, VP Distribution & Outreach, Square Zero Films
  246.  Kit-Bacon Gressitt, Publisher, Writers Resist literary journal
  247.  Sara Marchant, Prose Editor, Writers Resist
  248.  Dr. Paul G. Rothberg
  249.  Craig Scott, Co-Chair, Desert Support for Asylum Seekers
  250.  Jacinta Gonzalez, Senior Campaign Organizer, Mijente
  251.  Roberto Herrera, Director of Community Engagement, Resilience Orange County
  252.  Catherine Gavin, Citizen, Los Angeles
  253.  Stephanie Yang, Director, Blue Jaguar Healing Arts
  254.  Alexandra Heath, Member, Heath & Deitch Household
  255.  Ms. Vera Tykulsker, Resource Generation – LA
  256.  Queen Hollins, Executive Steward, Earthlodge Center for Transformation
  257.  Mackenzie Carlson, Member, Resource Generation 
  258.  Katie Lindsay, Member, Resource Generation
  259.  Amy Wang, Member, Resource Generation 
  260. Sylvie Q. Ngassa Bello, Founder/CEO, Cameroon American Council
  261.  Benjamin Rempel, Member, Resource Generation
  262.  Athena Tan, Member, Resource Generation Los Angeles
  263.  Sofia Chang, Member, Resource Generation
  264.  Jessica Maxwell, Executive Director, Workers Center of Central New York
  265.  Ian Schiffer, Member, Resource Generation Los Angeles 
  266.  Hanna Mahon
  267.  Felicity Figueroa, Co-Chair, Orange County Equality Coalition
  268.  Carolyn Scofield, Founder, Chula Vista Partners in Courage
  269.  Marilyn Vassos, Chair, Women For Peace & Justice 
  270.  Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, PhD, Senior Minister, Middle Collegiate Church
  271.  Rev. William H. Critzman, Senior Minister, West End Collegiate Church
  272.  Wynn Walent, Executive Director, Colorado Haiti Project
  273.  SPLC Action Fund
  274.  Julia Coburn, Director of Operations in Mexico, Centro de los Derechos del  Migrante, Inc. (CDM)
  275.  Ms. Leslie Elliottsmith, Volunteer
  276.  Amy Katz, Steering committee, Indivisible CenLa 
  277.  Jennifer Lee Koh, President of Board of Directors, Orange County Justice Fund
  278.  Isaac Bale, Sales Rep, Vector Marketing
  279.  Osmanee Offre, Member, Young Entertainment Activists
  280.  Jacqueline Walukas
  281.  Gabrielle Apollon, Esq., Managing Attorney, The Door’s Legal Services Center
  282.  Dr. Ruth Needleman, Co- Coordinator, NEI Resist
  283.  Mrs. Lorna H. Henkel, First Friends of NJ & NY
  284.   Rosa Santana, Program Director, First Friends of NJ & NY
  285.  Haley Margolin, Member, Young Entertainment Activists 
  286.  Addison Bale, Volunteer Interpreter, New Sanctuary Coalition
  287.  Matt Nguyen-Ngo, Civil Rights Fellow, OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates
  288.  Dana Brawer, TV Writer
  289.  Lorraine O’Shee, Member, Indivisible CenLa
  290.  Mrs. Nell Hahn, Acadiana Advocates for Immigrants in Detention
  291.  Brian Lozano, Advocacy and Community Organizer Coordinator, Wind of the Spirit Immigrant Resource Center
  292.  Amelia Burgess, MD, MPH, Pediatrician, Sage Prairie
  293.  Stephanie D. Stephens, Campaign Manager, We Are All America
  294.  Kathy Glatz, Immigration Member, FUSD
  295.  Sabrina Yunus
  296.   Emily Kuper, Student, CCNY
  297.  Peter Kuper, Spouse and Husband, Father
  298.  LaCreshia Pope
  299.  Laura Cuellar, Co-Chair, UndocuAllies Initiative at Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE)
  300.  Michael Angel Vazquez, Vice President, Harvard GSAS Latinx Student Association
  301.  Jarvis D. Matthews, CEO, Stay Lifted! Productions
  302.  Amanda Pinheiro, PhD Candidate, University of California – Santa Barbara
  303.  Anulkah Thomas
  304.  Vania Pereira, Program Coordinator, Higher Education
  305.  Autumn Benson, Concerned citizen
  306.  Mr. Andrew Morrish, 121 Gigawatt Group Inc.
  307.  Lindsay Toczylowski, Executive Director, Immigrant Defenders Law Center
  308.  Lauren Ornelas, Founder/President, Food Empowerment Project
  309.  Peter Lowber, Member, First Parish Cambridge: Beyond Borders Sin Fronteras
  310.  Joshua Francois, Harvard Medical School
  311.  Jinah Kim, Owner, Sunhee’s Farm and Kitchen
  312.  Tamara Shamir, Women’s Outreach Chair, The Seneca Inc.
  313.  Sony Prosper, Graduate Student, University of Michigan
  314.  Patricia Bahamonde, Founder/Director, Global Refugee Relief Fund
  315.  Mark Dow, Writer/Teacher
  316.  Rose M. Carr, Member, Resource Generation
  317.  Harton Firmin
  318.  Dr. And Mrs. Charles Strom, Advisory Council Member, Orange County Jewish Coalition for Refugees
  319.  Maggie Sullivan, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, FXB Center for Health & Human Rights
  320.  Alexandra (Sandy) Exelby, Irvine United Congregational Church
  321.  Jacqueline Phelps, Immediate Past President and Board Member, Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship of Lafayette LA
  322.  Linda Rivas, Executive Director, Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center
  323.  Becky M., Graduate Student, Harvard University
  324.  Carol Tuch, President, Women For: Orange County
  325.  Natia Gvazava, Journalist, ScreenLifer.com
  326.  Sharon Lee, English Teacher, University Pathways Public Service Academy
  327.  Madison Villanueva, Core Member, UPLIFT
  328.  Juanita Valdez- Cox, Director, La Union del PUeblo Entero (LUPE)
  329.  Violeta Múnera, Deputy Director, Families for Freedom
  330.  Ana M. Fores Tamayo, Advocate, Refugee Support Network
  331.  Maria Judith Colon, Member, Comuna caribe
  332.  Jean Stockdale, Director, Still Waters Anti-trafficking Program
  333.  Natalie Kobsa-Mark, Hotline Volunteer, Freedom for Immigrants
  334.  Crystal Garland
  335.  Kathleen HIDALGO Smyth, Peace
  336.  María I Ceballos, Member, Luna Caribe
  337.  Parker Lemal-Brown, Assistant, Young Entertainment Activists
  338.  Winnie Darphin-Bacque, Sacred Steps Labyrinth Works!
  339.  Hilda Guerrero, Coordinadora, COMUNA Caribe
  340.  Thomas Kim, Associate Professor of Politics, Scripps College
  341.  Terry Diggory, Co-Coordinator, Saratoga Immigration Coalition
  342.  John Sheridan, CNY Solidarity
  343.  Zsea Bowmani, Fellow, Santa Clara University School of Law
  344.  Ramon Valdez, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Innovation Law Lab
  345.  Linda C Riedmann, Member, Young Entertainment Activists
  346.  Ariana Aparicio, Alumni, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  347.  Seydi Sarr, Founder, ABISA
  348.  Silky Shah, Executive Director, Detention Watch Network
  349.  Javier H. Valdés, Co-Executive Director, Make the Road New York
  350.  Becky Belcore, Executive Director, National Korean American Service & Education    Consortium (NAKASEC)
  351.  Erika Guadalupe Núñez, Executive Director, Juntos
  352.  Beverly L Weise, Founder/President, Leadership Talent Solutions
  353.  Kate Mahoney, Dolores Street Community Services
  354.  Leslie Jimenez, Doctoral student, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  355.  Anahita Panahi, CA Refugee Organizer, We Are All America
  356.  Eva Millona, President and CEO, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition
  357.  Sejal Zota, Legal Director, Just Futures Law
  358.  Melissa Alamo, Master’s Student, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  359. Chicano Latino Caucus
  360. San Francisco Latino Democratic Club
  361. California Statewide Coalition for Justice and Civil Rights
  362. Santra Denis, President & Founder, Avanse Ansanm
  363. Beverly Keene, Coordinator, Dialogue 2000 – Jubilee South Argentina
  364. Rev. Deborah Lee, Executive Director, Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity
  365. Joey Forsyte, A Band of Activists
  366. Saket Soni, Executive Director, Resilience Force
  367. Laila Aziz, Director, Pillars of the Community SD
  368. Rebecca Paisa, Director, Niles Sisters
  369. Nicole Phillips, Legal Director, Haiti Bridge Alliance

 

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