We are thrilled to share the news that our community member Prince Gbohoutou was released from ICE custody on February 21, 2019! Prince was in detention for over 10 months, and his long journey to freedom is a story of incredible strength and resilience, and amazing community support from Sanctuary DMV supporters and many partner groups. Please see his full story and our efforts below.
Susan and Jose had been talking about moving in together before his arrest, and decided to marry after Susan realized she was pregnant. At the time, he was being held a seven hours’ drive away in Norfolk, Virginia. Now he’s closer, but still too far from a public transit hub for her to visit unless one of the kind strangers involved with the organization Sanctuary DMV can drive her down to Farmville. Read more at ThinkProgress.
Activists and community groups have expressed concern that this operation involved ICE officials detaining individuals indiscriminately or based on ethnic profiling. Read more on The Washington Post.
VIDEO feat. our organizers on DC AG Karl Racine’s lawsuit against ICE (Spanish): “Estamos muy preocupados de que los residentes del Distrito puedan haber sido atacados injustamente durante las redadas de ICE en la ciudad este verano”, dijo el Fiscal en un comunicado.” See on Telemundo 44 DC.
La Directora de la Oficina de Asuntos Hispanos de DC habría publicado imágenes alteradas, borrando a manifestantes protestando durante el desfile FiestaDC. Read on Telemundo 44 DC (Spanish).
Last Saturday, Sept. 29, Bowser and other city officials paraded through the streets of D.C. for a celebration of Latino culture and diversity, but as the parade proceeded, activists with “Friends of Benjamin Ordóñez” and local immigrant rights group Sanctuary DMV cut in front of the lead float with posters of oversized human silhouettes, painted black with the word “DEPORTED” in red, styled after the D.C. flag.