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The Impact of COVID-19 on Immigrants in Detention

Monday, June 22, 2020 30 Sivan 5780

7:00 PM - 8:30 PMZoom

As if conditions in immigration detention centers weren't bad enough already, now there is COVID-19. Learn about the impact this is having on detainees and what you can do to help. 

On Monday, June 22, our Immigrant Rights Action Team is hosting a Zoom presentation by Aissa Olivarez, the managing attorney at the Community Immigration Law Center (CILC). She will talk about the impact of COVID-19 on undocumented immigrants in detention and the need to release these detainees for health reasons. Conditions in the detention centers have become even more dire with the spread of COVID-19, since the centers have no capacity for social distancing or adequate protection and medical care. 

She will also summarize virtual training recently attended by CILC's attorneys to enhance legal representation of immigrants facing deportation. Their attendance at these training sessions was made possible by the TBE Immigrant Rights Action Team with funds provided by the Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus Initiative for Immigrant and Refugee Justice at the Union for Reform Judaism's Religious Action Center (RAC) in the form of a $1,500 grant. 

Rebecca Meier-Rao, executive director of Worker Justice Wisconsin, and Bianca Tomasini, organizer for the Madison chapter of Voces de la Frontera, will also join us to share some of the challenges that low-wage and immigrant workers are experiencing during the pandemic, as well as what their organizations are doing to advocate for the rights of this population.

At the end of the program, listeners will be asked to send a letter urging our legislators to press for the release of immigrant detainees, consistent with the RAC's current advocacy priorities. 

This program is open to all interested TBE congregants and to other Dane Sanctuary Coalition member congregations.

Register below to receive the Zoom link by email. 


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