October 29, 2014
Ben Soskin
(202) 225-1766

PRESS ADVISORY: Rep. Roybal-Allard Joins Immigrant Rights Groups in Calling for Investigation of Sexual Abuse of Mothers in Detention
Questions the Continued Incarceration of Migrant Families

Washington, DC – On Thursday, October 30th, at 11:30am EST/8:30am PST, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) will speak on a press call to discuss the need for a thorough, independent investigation of sexual abuse allegations at a detention center in Karnes, Texas, used to detain migrant mothers and their young children. Joined by the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) and the Women's Refugee Commission (WRC), the Congresswoman will explain why the incarceration of migrant families is costly, unnecessary, and inappropriate for vulnerable women and children fleeing violence in their home countries. Many of the women held at Karnes are victims of sexual or domestic violence from Central America, and came to the U.S. seeking refuge from their abusers.

The press call is timed to coincide with the release of a new report by LIRS and WRC, Locking Up Family Values, Again, which documents allegations of abuse, violations of due process, and poor conditions at family detention centers.

WHEN: 11:30am EST/8:30am PST on Thursday, October 30th, 2014

WHERE: Please use the following number to dial in: 877-888-4314
Conference ID: Values

WHO: Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40)
Michelle Brané, Director for Migrant Rights and Justice Program, Women’s Refugee Commission
Liz Sweet, Director for Access to Justice, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
Christina Brown, Lead Attorney, AILA Artesia Pro Bono Project
Rebecca van Uitert, Attorney - Fragomen Worldwide
*Additional Participants TBC


About The Women’s Refugee Commission
The Women’s Refugee Commission works to improve the lives and protect the rights of women, children and youth displaced by conflict and crisis. For more information, visit http://womensrefugeecommission.org.

About Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
Founded in 1939, LIRS is nationally recognized for advocating for and with refugees, asylum seekers, unaccompanied children, immigrants in detention, families fractured by migration and other vulnerable populations, and for serving migrants through 60 grassroots legal and social service partners across the United States. Celebrating 75 years of service and advocacy this year, LIRS has helped more than 500,000 migrants and refugees rebuild their lives in America. http://www.lirs.org

About the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
The American Immigration Lawyers Association is the national association of immigration lawyers established to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members. For more information visit http://www.aila.org.