Child migrants arriving in Connecticut: How you can help

"No Child Is Illegal" rally
“No Child Is Illegal” rally

Nine year old Selvin will never forget his journey across the border. Riding through Mexico on top of the notorious train, La Bestia, he saw people fall and get crushed. But when his mother told US immigration authorities about the violence that they had fled in Guatemala, the authorities agreed that they might be eligible for asylum. Released from a Texas detention center, they came to New Haven, Connecticut, where they had a friend. 

ULA currently is assisting about 30 Guatemalan children, adolescents, women and men who, like Selvin, recently have fled Guatemala and arrived in New Haven’s immigrant neighborhood. We are connecting them with legal services to make sure that they have a fair hearing in court; enrolling them in school; helping them get treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, malnourishment and other urgent health needs; and providing them with a supportive community.

So how can you help?

Volunteer

No matter what your skills and talents, there are many ways to contribute. We especially need volunteers to take these recent arrivals to appointments at immigration court, the Guatemalan consulate, health centers and more.

To sign up, email megan@ulanewhaven.org

Donate

Monetary donations are needed for legal and court fees; transportation to immigration, consular, and other appointments; meetings with policy makers and human services agencies; and weekly activities that help these immigrants heal and build power.

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Activists at the April 17, 2014 action

UPDATE: 19 arrested.  Boston Globe coverage.

Protestors Shut Down Entrance to Suffolk Detention Center, Call on President Obama to Stop Deportations

This action includes activists from Unidad Latina en Accion, Amistad Catholic Worker, Migrant Justice, and other protestors from around New England. Click here for the Live Feed, or scroll down below.

More media coverage: CBS Boston, Free Speech Radio News, Northeast Public RadioWatch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

Boston, MA – Immigrant activists and religious leaders from Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont have formed a human chain at the entrance of the Suffolk Detention Center in Boston to demand action from President Obama to end the suffering caused by deportation. The prison at 20 Bradston Street has been the site of an immigrant prisoner hunger strike in October 2013 and is currently embroiled in lawsuits protesting indefinite detention.

Those risking arrest include many directly impacted by deportation, including Alejandro Gonzalez, an undocumented man from Connecticut. “I participate in this civil disobedience during Holy Week to let those in high positions in the government know that we reject the laws that criminalize our people, only for not having a piece of paper,” says Gonzalez. “Although I know I face being deported too, eleven million people need us to act.  For that reason, the word ‘fear’ is not in my vocabulary. On this holy day, we remember that we must make sacrifices to help our community.”  Read More…

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Connecticut Caravan to Protest Obama’s 2 Million Deportations

On April 5, 2014, Families fighting deportation traveled in a caravan to various towns across Connecticut in rallies demanding that President Obama stop deportations, end S-Comm, expand DACA, and stop separating families.

The caravan passed through eleven cities, including New Haven at 11:30 AM (details below)


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7:00 am    Greenwich & Port Chester (Prayer vigil at train station at 3 Broad St, Port Chester, NY)

8:30 AM    Stamford (Government Center, 777 Washington Blvd)

9:00 AM    New London (St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 10 Huntington St)streaming Why Him? 2016 film

9:30 AM    Norwalk (Exit 16, Rite Aid parking lot, 190 East Ave)

10:30 AM  East Haven (Town Hall parking lot, 250 Main Street)

10:30 AM  Bridgeport (Exit 27, Bluefish Arena parking lot, 500 Main Street)

11:30 AM   New Haven (Junta for Progressive Action, 169 Grand Ave.)

1:00 PM   Meriden (St. Rose of Lima, 35 Center Street)

1:00 PM   Willimantic, Manchester & Norwich (Kickoff at Joseph Square, Willimantic)

2:00 PM   New Britain (St. Marks Church, 147 W Main St.)

3:00 PM   Hartford (Federal Building, 450 Main Street. Followed by a gathering at Charter Oak Cultural Center.)

¡Todos a la calle! El 5 de abril en todos los Estados Unidos se escucharán las voces de una COMUNIDAD MIGRANTE, cansada de promesas incumplidas, de dolorosas deportaciones, de injusticias…TODOS a unirnos en este CLAMOR NACIONAL reclamandole al Presidente Obama NI UNA MAS DEPORTACION … ALTO AL PROGRAMA DE COMUNIDADES SEGURAS … ACCION DIFERIDA — DACA — PARA TODOS. La CARAVANA de la SOLIDARIDAD y la ESPERANZA recorrerá varias Ciudades del Estado de Connecticut el 5 de abril. Organize a tu comunidad. Unese a la caravana. Pronto anuciaremos el horario de la caravana.

VAMOS TOD@S…SI INUNDAMOS LAS CALLES…SE ESCUCHARA CON FUERZA NUESTRA VOZ

SE PUEDEN COMUNICAR A LOS SIGUIENTES TELEFONOS / YOU CAN CALL THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE:
Stamford (Luis Yumbla 203-667-3799)
New London (Lizbeth Polo 860-204-6813)
Bridgeport (Jose Casco 917-509-7238)
East Haven (Herman 203-843-0347)
New Haven (John Lugo 203-606-3484)
Meriden (Alejandro Gonzalez 203-464-3905)
Willimantic (Juan Salas 860-465-9828)
New Britain (Grace Montesi 860-986-3789)
Hartford (Alok Bhatt 860-324-0086)