Groups Hold Candlelight Vigil in Artesia on Thursday

FAMILIES IN SOUTHEAST NEW MEXICO CONTINUE TO PROTEST CHILD INCARCERATION & FAMILY DETENTION

Organizers Plan Candlelight Vigil for Migrant Women & Children who will be Moved to Dilley, TX in December 

On Thursday, November 20th, immigrant families from southeastern New Mexico, immigration attorneys, civil rights and faith groups will hold a candlelight vigil to call for an end to child incarceration. The vigil follows an announcement by federal officials regarding the closing of the makeshift family detention center in Artesia by year’s end. According to ICE, approximately 450 women and children who have been jailed there since June will be transferred to a larger for-profit facility in Dilley, TX.

Family incarceration is the alarming practice of detaining immigrants, including babies and children, with their parents in prisons. According to a recent report by the Detention Watch Network, family detention has increased over 1200% in the last five months. Families are being systematically denied due process and the government is ignoring fundamental international rights. Studies have shown that incarceration harms the health and well being of children who require specialized medical, educational and legal support.

Somos Un Pueblo Unido, ACLU-NM, and other co-sponsors of the vigil support the closing of Artesia’s detention center, but oppose the continued incarceration of the women and children there who should be released to family members already living in the US.

WHAT:
Candlelight vigil for migrant children and mothers who will soon be taken to Dilley, TX from Artesia, NM

WHO:
Somos Un Pueblo Unido, ACLU-NM Regional Center for Border Rights, Detention Watch Network, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, NEA Southeast, and NM Conference of Catholic Bishops

WHEN:
Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 6:00pm

WHERE:
In front of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia, NM (1300 W. Richey Ave.)

For fliers in English and Spanish, click here and here.

Somos Un Pueblo Unido is a statewide civil and worker’s rights organization with membership teams in ten counties and offices in Roswell and Santa Fe. This vigil is one of several actions across the globe on November 20th to oppose family detention and child incarceration.