Immigrant father who challenged his detention and a five-month incommunicado separation from his infant son released on bond
A Honduran immigrant, Mr. C., who was held in a New York detention center for five months, separated from and barred from communicating with his two-year-old son, was released from detention on bond this week. His release, secured after an administrative hearing in his immigration proceedings, comes just over a week after he, represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights, filed a federal lawsuit challenging his and his infant son's detention and separation pursuant to the Trump administration's cruel "Zero Tolerance" policy targeting non-citizen families. The case asserts violations of Mr. C.'s and his son's rights to pursue asylum protections, unconstitutional discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, and/or national origin, due process violations, and torture caused by the severe physical and mental suffering imposed by the detentions and separation.
Mr. C. was able to see his two-year-old son yesterday after being released from the Orange County Correctional Facility in Goshen, New York late Wednesday night. However, the son remains in a detention center in the Bronx, where he has been held while his father has been detained, and handed over to foster parents at night. The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) has imposed a number of administrative hurdles that have kept Mr. C. from reclaiming full custody of his son. Attorneys are preparing an emergency motion to compel ORR officials to release the son back into Mr. C.’s custody.
Drop everything and come party with us Thursday, Oct. 18!
"If you have an activist, a lawyer and a storyteller, you can change the world." That's why we’ll be gathering for CCR Celebrates Changemakers, as we honor Dolores Canales, Sara Jayyousi, and Miriam Buhl and the law firm Weil Gotshal.
Dolores has emerged as a powerful voice in the movement to end mass incarceration and solitary confinement. Co-founder of California Families to Abolish Solitary Confinement and a former Soros Justice Fellow, Dolores serves on a number of boards and committees including the National Network of Solitary Survivors and Families.
Sara Jayyousi, a 22-year-old writer, storyteller-activist uses the art of spoken word to stand with the Center for Constitutional Rights in its on-going challenge to Communication Management Units (the so-called "experimental prison units").
Miriam and the law firm Weil Gotshal were co-counsel in the Center for Constitutional Rights' successful fight against solitary confinement at California's Pelican Bay prison. Longtime partners, Weil has also worked with the Center for Constitutional Rights on defending Natives' rights to land and religious ceremony.
CCR Celebrates Changemakers is 6-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18 at Hudson Mercantile, 500 W. 36th St. Immediately following is the Change is Good after party, when we will reveal our new look and feel. Guests will experience a lively interactive and immersive walk through the Center for Constitutional Rights' past, present, and future.
JOIN US Oct. 21 in NYC for Theaters of Resistance
We're excited to be partnering with The Eagle Project (a Native American inter-tribal and multicultural performing arts company) and Donkeysaddle Projects (an organization that works in the intersection of arts and social justice) to invite you to a performance-reading of three short plays: "Plain Sight" by Ryan (Little Eagle) Pierce, "Red Pine" by Ty Defoe and "There Is A Field" by Jen Marlowe.
The event is the culmination of a four-day workshop/rehearsal process with Palestinian actors/artists/activists and Indigenous from Turtle Island (aka North America) actors/artists/activists. The workshop centered on exploration of parallels and solidarity building between Palestinian experiences and the experiences of Indigenous folx from Turtle Island.
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