On June 1st, 2018, Women Watch Afrika cohosted a National Day of Action Rally and Press Conference in front of the Atlanta ICE Field Office.
The purpose? To bring to light the morally wrong and unconscionable actions of the U.S. Government in choosing to separate children–including infants–from their parents at borders as the families seek safe haven, requesting asylum.
Earlier this month, it became the official policy of the federal government to separate migrant children from their parents. Within thirteen (13) days, 658 children had been torn away from their families. There have been a release report of abuses that the children detained at the border have been subjected to while in the custody of the federal government in shelters.
The tragedy and trauma of families being torn apart is well documented, happened during slavery and is woven into the fabric of America.
Women Watch Afrika’s Founder and Executive Director, Glory Kilanko, spoke on the traumatic impact on the families, especially on the children.
That day (June 1, 2018) was only the beginning of the fight. Since then, even more children have been ripped apart from their families and the pleas and cries of the children and traumatized families, as well as the outrage of the many members of the community are being ignored by the U.S. government. And Women Watch Afrika has been fighting to keep the subject matter in the news and to try to gather information not the welfare of the children separated from their families.
So what can you do? How can you help?
Take Action! Call your congress member! The separation of children from their parents is WRONG. We cannot allow this administration, or any, to commit acts so far outside of our values. Call (202) 224 3121 and tell your member of Congress that you agree Families Belong Together and so he or she should work on helping to pass the #KeepFamiliesTogetherAct.
As an expert in this field, Women Watch Afrika provides trainings as a consultant on the issue. For more information on training, guidance, consulting services, and/or information on working with immigrant communities contact Glory Kilanko, Founder and Executive Director, Women Watch Afrika, Inc. at 404-759-6419 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Author: Preye Cobham, Esq.