PUBLIC FORUM, APRIL 15, 2019
TRUE REFORMER BUILDING, PUBLIC WELFARE FOUNDATION
See the full live stream of Indefens
ible: Immigrants Trapped by the Criminalization of the Immigration Process recorded here
Please don’t let your elected officials think immigration is only an issue for very liberal or very conservative people. This is important to ALL people.
On April 16, 2019, JusticeAid returned to the Hamilton in Washington, DC with a music benefit featuring Los Angeles-based Los Lobos.
Thanks to the generosity of supporters like you, we raised more than $130,000 for the Immigrant Defense Project, our 2019 beneficiary that works to secure fairness and justice for immigrants in the racially-biased U.S. criminal and immigration systems.
The evening prior to the event, as part of JusticeAid’s educational outreach efforts, we presented Indefens
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-D) joined Professor Alina Das (NYU Law, Immigrant Rights Clinic), activists Jonathan Jayes-Green (Co-founder of UndocuBlack Network) and Alejandra Pablos (#KeepAleFree), and moderator Mizue Aizeki (Deputy Director, Immigrant Defense Project) for a discussion on the rights of immigrants at the intersection of today’s criminal and immigration systems.
The exchange was far-reaching and intersectional, focusing not just on the impact of these unfair systems on communities but also the relationship between anti-immigration measures and racism and this country’s long history of isolating “the other.” In discussing what it means to abolish ICE, panelists raised several ideas, including defunding the agency, abolishing detention, and examining the role of tech in mass surveillance.
Panelists shared some individual victories as well. Ocasio-Cortez spoke about a constituent who beat deportation after being detained. Professor Das referenced the release of a client who was detained eight years after paying her debt. Alejandra Pablos talked movingly about her personal journey of fighting deportation, and Jonathan Jayes-Green highlighted UnDocuBlack’s advocacy for performer 21Savage.
We’ve been talking about how everything came together so well, how great the music was, and how amazing it was to introduce a new audience to our work. On behalf of all of us at IDP, I would like to express our deep appreciation for all you have to done to support our work.
APRIL 16, 2019
THE HAMILTON, WASHINGTON, DC
In the midst of your [IDP’s] tireless efforts on behalf of so many abused so cruelly, you found time to work with us on two amazing events that indeed made you and your work new friends and corrected the mad mainstream narrative of fear and hate. We are honored to lend support to your endeavors.
The following evening, April 16, more than 250 friends and supporters came out to hear Los Lobos perform their greatest hits and more at The Hamilton in Washington, DC. Especially poignant was a song dedicated to Puerto Rico. The event, a combination dinner/live performance, raised more than $130,000 to support IDP.
Twenty years ago, there was an emerging human rights crisis: the targeting of immigrants for mass imprisonment and deportation. Today, the United States operates the largest immigration policing, detention, and deportation system in the world—and it’s growing. The war on immigrants has escalated to new heights, through campaigns driven by fear, hatred, racism, and lies. Working at the intersection of racially biased U.S. criminal and immigration systems, the Immigrant Defense Project (IDP) is making major strides in securing fairness and justice for immigrants in the United States. JusticeAid is excited to help, and we appreciate your support.
The Immigrant Defense Project (IDP) fights for fairness and justice for all immigrants at the intersection of the systematically unjust criminal and immigration systems. IDP was founded 20 years ago to combat an emerging human rights crisis: the criminalization of immigrants targeted for mass incarceration and exile. As the ICE deportation complex has exploded, IDP has continued to confront this crisis head-on by developing deep expertise and interventions through a multi-pronged strategy.
Rooted in the principle that no one is disposable, IDP is uniquely positioned to fortify the frontline struggle through community defense, policy reform, legal support and training, impact litigation, and communications and advocacy to fight back against mass criminalization, detention, and deportation.
Natalia Renta, Co-chair
Therese Steiner, Co-chair
Mark Rochon, Chair
WITH HEARTFELT THANKS AND DEEPEST APPRECIATION FROM THE JUSTICEAID BOARD,
Steve Anderson, Kim Coaxum, Paul Dalen, Brandi Harden, Tazewell Jones, Natalie Jowett, Page Kennedy, Gary Kohlman, Stephen G. Milliken, Heather Pinckney, Preston Pugh, Mark Rochon, and Therese Steiner