Statement of We Belong Together Submitted to the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary Hearing on “Attorney General Nomination”

Members of the Committee, we are We Belong Together. Thank you for the opportunity to
submit this statement for inclusion in the record for today’s hearing. We Belong Together is a
campaign co-anchored by the National Domestic Workers Alliance and the National Asian Pacific
American Women’s Forum to mobilize women in support of common-sense immigration policies
that will keep families together and empower women. We Belong Together was launched on
Mother’s Day in 2010 and has exposed the dangerous impact of immigration enforcement on

Resisting Trump’s Mass Deportation Agenda In the Streets and In the Courts

THE ADVENT OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION has plunged many immigrant communities into uncertainty. While this moment is still surreal, we can say this: For decades, immigrants have put their bodies on the line—fasting, marching, taking arrest, speaking out publicly—to demand and win protections. Wherever Trump promises to inflict pain, immigrants and their allies can draw on this history to mount a powerful resistance.

Children Call on Elected Officials: “Protect Immigrant and Muslim Communities”

“I don’t want anything for Christmas, but one of my wishes is to keep my family protected. Not just my family, but our immigrant community”, wrote 17 year-old Elena from Miami, Florida, whose father was deported, and mother alone has to care for her and four younger siblings.

We Stand Ready

The outcomes of the 2016 election represent a devastating and dangerous setback for our communities. The divisive and anti-immigrant rhetoric that has framed this election season will clearly continue with the new leadership.

There is no doubt the road ahead of us will be difficult. It will require that we all step forward to defend our values and our communities.

100+ Women Procession from the Supreme Court to the White House to Stop Separation of Immigrant Families and Communities

September 14, 2016


Marzena Zukowska
E: marzena@domesticworkers.org
M: 872.216.3684

Roxana Bendezú
E: roxana@domesticworkers.org
M: 202.826.3547

Immigrant Women From Around the Country Join Together to Invoke Pope Francis’ Message of Welcoming the Stranger

MEDIA ADVISORY for Friday, September 16, 2016

What: Procession of 100+ immigrant women and supporters from Supreme Court to White House to mark anniversary of the #100Women100Miles Pilgrimage.

When: Friday, September 16, 2016 from 4:30 - 7:30pm EST.

4:30pm - Press Conference on Supreme Court steps.
5:00pm - Procession from Supreme Court to White House, along National Mall.
6:45pm - Candlelight Vigil at the White House (Lafayette Park).

Statement on DHS Review of For-Profit Immigrant Detention Centers

August 29, 2016


Roxana Bendezú
e: roxana@domesticworkers.org
c: 202.826.3547 | @RoxanaBendezu

Following the Department of Justice’s announcement earlier this month that they will begin to cut ties with private prison corporations, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced today that they will be reviewing the use of for-profit immigrant detention centers.

Statement from Andrea Cristina Mercado, Co-Chair of the We Belong Together Campaign and We Won’t Wait Spokesperson:

We Belong Together Welcomes DOJ Announcement to End Contracts with Private Prisons, Calls on DHS to Follow

August 19, 2016


Roxana Bendezu, 202.826.3547

Washington, DC -- Today the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced plans to phase out contracts between the Federal Bureau of Prisons and private prison corporations. This welcome news will affect 13 federal prisons operated by private companies (GEO Group, Corrections Corporation of America and Management and Training Corporation) and comes in response to investigations and tireless organizing exposing widespread abuse and multiple deaths in these facilities.

Women Together stand in solidarity with immigrant detainees in Canada on hunger strike

On the morning of July 11th more than 50 Black and Brown immigrants detained in two maximum security prisons in Ontario, Canada, launched a hunger strike to protest their unjust detention and abusive treatment. 15 people have died in immigration detention in Canada since 2000, two of them in one week in March of this year. The hunger strikers are risking their lives to demand their freedom and recognition of their humanity.

We Belong Together Welcomes Filing of Petition to the Supreme Court by the Justice Department for Rehearing in United States v. Texas

July 19, 2016


Roxana Bendezu

Washington, DC -- On June 23rd, the US Supreme Court issued a 4-4 tie decision on President Obama’s executive action programs designed to provide relief from deportation to close to 5 million members of the undocumented community - Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) and the expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA+). The decision maintains the block against DAPA and DACA+, preventing them from being implemented.  

Yesterday the Department of Justice filed a petition with the Supreme Court for rehearing in United States v. Texas.

Take action to stand up for immigrant women and families

Call (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected with your senator. Use the sample script below for your call:

My name is [add your name] and I live in [city, state]. As one of the Senator’s constituents, I urge the Senator to stand up for immigrant women and families and vote NO on Senate bill 3100 and Senate bill 2193. These bills will undermine the safety of millions of families and communities and are bad policies for our country. Thank you.