Reuniting Children with their Parents: Boston-Based Rapid-Response Initiative to Remedy Border Injustice
We are all too familiar with the harrowing stories of children and parents being torn apart at the border. But the reverberations of injustice are not easily confined. Right here in Boston, we are now seeing the human cost of this tragedy. Parents are starting to be released, and many are now arriving in our own backyard.
Mothers ripped apart from their children are coming to the Brazilian Worker Center and the Lawyers’ Committee seeking one thing: to be reunited with their children.
In the latest incident, a 9 year-old boy has been held at the border for nearly a month, completely deprived of his mother who doesn’t even know where he is being detained.
This is unrelenting, inhumane and un-American. It cannot continue.
In response to this urgent need, the Brazilian Worker Center and the Lawyers’ Committee are joining forces to stabilize, protect and legally reunite broken families.This new collaboration between our organizations will harness community strength and the pro bono prowess of Boston’s leading law firms to provide free legal support to families who are under siege by the federal government and harmed by our cruel immigration system.
For more information or legal support please contact Natalicia Tracy, the Executive Director of the Brazilian Worker Center, and Iván Espinoza-Madrigal, the Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice.
Founded in 1995, our mission is to support workers’ struggles in the Greater Boston area around issues of workplace rights and immigration. Through organizing, advocacy, education, leadership, and capacity building, we join immigrant workers and their families in the fight against economic, social and political marginalization and in working to create a more just society.
The Lawyers’ Committee fosters equal opportunity and fights discrimination on behalf of people of color and immigrants. We engage in creative and courageous legal action, education, and advocacy, in collaboration with law firms and community partners.