To date, there are over 50,000 children locked up in several makeshift detention centres along the US-Mexican border; many have been trafficked with the promises to be reunited with their parents in the United States. On July 22, 10 women and their children will be walking from Merced, California to the US-Mexican border to raise awareness about the detention and deportation of migrant workers and their children under the campaign banner, A Trail for Humanity. On this episode of MsRepresent: Behind the Face, a Fierce Woman, A Trail for Humanity organizers Valeska Castaneda Guttierez and Cindy Gonzales talk about the goals of the campaign and the current situation of detained migrant women and children. Because of poor internet reception, portions of the conversation may be inaudible.
In the era of mass deportations, over incarceration and a humanitarian crisis of unaccompanied minors at our southern border, we the women of A Trail for Humanity will journey over 300 miles on foot for our children and our families. We will walk from the San Francisco Bay to the U.S. Mexico Border with dignity, with our children and with humanity. A Trail for Humanity is inspired by the wisdom in the Mayan proverb – In Lak’ Ech Ala K’in – that we are all a reflection of one another. As mothers, we can no longer tolerate the terrorizing of women and children. Reuniting with one’s family has become a felony, children are being ripped from the protective arms of parents, migrants are being fed to the Sonora desert sands and refugee children are being kept in torturous conditions. This march brings these realities to the forefront. We are taking a stand against the violence targeting migrant women and children. Join us in solidarity as we take a stand for humanity.
“We invite all mothers and their children to join and lead the pilgrimage.”
- Pressure the Obama administration to put a halt to its deportation enforcement only regime until the Senate and House come together and pass a Just and Humane Immigration Reform, Not 1 more deportation!
- Call for an end to the use of Police as Immigration enforcement Agents, no to the failed Secure Communities and 287g programs, No a la Poli-Migra!
a. Demand an end to family separations, 3,750,000 of citizen children have had a parent deported.
- Stem the tide toward Racial Profiling that has incarcerated so many migrant and African American brothers and sisters, no to SB 1070 and copycat laws, no to gang injunctions, Stop “stop and frisk” and the targeted check points in migrant communities.