Monday, December 10, 2018

VICTORY: 37 families released!

Today is Human Rights Day. And to say thank you for your continued support of our work, I just have to share this incredibly special photo and breaking news with you.

In an extraordinary move, 37 families — who are seeking a better life in safety — have been released from the South Texas Family Residential Center in the town of Dilley. Their releases are especially significant in light of the Trump administration’s hostility toward immigrants and asylum-seekers.

Their lawyers just shared this beautiful photo with me. And I had to share it with you today, as we honor Human Rights Day. 

Do you see these smiling faces? These families are smiling thanks to our impactful work together. 

This decision is a huge relief for these mothers and their children, who were forcibly separated and then reunited behind bars. After spending months in family detention, these children will now be able to play in the park, go to school, and live their lives in freedom while their asylum applications are processed.

This is a step in the right direction, but we must make sure everyone arriving in the United States is given a fair hearing and humane treatment. Families should be met with compassion, not contempt.

Our fight for human rights continues. And we are so grateful to have you standing by our side.

Thank you. We really can’t say it enough. 

Margaret Huang
Executive Director
Amnesty International USA