December 7, 2015
Ben Soskin
(202) 225-1766

PRESS ADVISORY - Congressional Immigration Leaders and Children to Call for Ending Family Detention as “Wish for the Holidays”
Capitol Hill Press Conference Will Exhibit Children’s Letters to Families in ICE Custody

Washington, DC – On Wednesday, December 9, at 12:00 PM ET, the Congressional Women’s Working Group on Immigration Reform and the We Belong Together Campaign will be joined by children at a Capitol Hill press conference to call for an end to America’s family detention system. Nine members of Congress will speak out about the need to end family detention, as will a child who was held in a detention facility.

The press conference will also display enlargements of handwritten cards that elementary school-aged children have written to children who will spend this holiday season inside detention facilities. The children’s cards, which are part of We Belong Together’s “A Wish for the Holidays” letter-writing campaign, express the children’s holiday wish that the families in detention be released. Some of the local children who wrote cards will also speak at the press conference.

WHAT: Press conference by congressional immigration leaders and children to call for an end to family detention.

WHEN: Wednesday, December 9, 2015, at 12:00 PM ET.

WHERE: 2103 Rayburn House Office Building.

WHO: The Congressional Women’s Working Group on Immigration Reform in conjunction with the We Belong Together Campaign. Speakers include:

· Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), chair of the Congressional Women’s Working Group on Immigration Reform
· Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (CA-19)
· Congressman Luis Gutiérrez (IL-04)
· Congresswoman Grace Meng (NY-06)
· Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13)
· Congresswoman Norma Torres (CA-35)
· Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01)
· Congresswoman Dina Titus (NV-01)
· Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27)
· Sameera Hafiz, policy director at We Belong Together
· Wendy Cervantes, vice president of immigration and child rights at First Focus
· A child who was held in a detention facility
· Local children who participated in the letter-writing campaign

VISUALS: Congressmembers and children, as well as handwritten children’s letters enlarged for display.

RSVP TO: Ben Soskin,