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Continuing the Fight for Equality Through Latinx Heritage Month

October 8, 2020

During Latinx Heritage Month, Advancement Project National Office is reflecting on the Latinx community and continuing our fight to strengthen policies that impact members of this community. This fight includes a path towards immigrant justice.

The U.S immigration policy has historically been rooted in racism with entry restrictions and exploitation based on race. Advancement Project National Office, in partnership with United We Dream, Farmworker Labor Organizing Committee (North Carolina), Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, Florida Immigrant Coalition, and the Fair Immigration Reform Movement, is seeking to end the unnecessary and unjust criminalization of immigrants across the United States in detention centers, in harmful policies, and false media narratives.

Immigrants who are being detained at Immigration Centers of America (ICA) Farmville are being brutalized, abused, and neglected. Advancement Project National Office is working with local and national organizations, including La ColectiVASanctuary DMVDetention Watch Network (DWN), and the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), to free all people detained in ICA-Farmville. Read our white paper that illuminates the dark pattern of abuse in ICA-Farmville, a privately run U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility with the worst COVID-19 outbreak in the country.

COVID-19 is disproportionately affecting Latinx and other communities of color. Shuya Ohno, Advancement Project National Office Managing Director of Campaign Strategy, shares how Cesar Chavez can inspire us to challenge the systemic inequality of COVID-19. Our #MapTheTruth COVID-19 social justice guide will help us lead with truth and positivity as we continue to reverse the false narratives around the Latinx community during this global pandemic.

Making sure that immigrant communities, such as the Latinx community, are included in the 2020 U.S. Census is a part of our fight against systemic inequality against people of color. The Trump administration launched yet another attack on immigrants that would exclude them from being counted in the 2020 Census.

As we approach Election Day 2020, the position of sheriff—which has significant power in certain states’ immigration enforcement, jail conditions and policing practices—is on the ballot. Advancement Project National Office is partnering with Puente Human Rights Movement and Mijente to host Who’s Incarcerating Us in Maricopa County?, a webinar on the role of sheriffs and county attorneys in Arizona’s carceral state. Register here to join us on Wednesday, October 14 at 9 p.m. ET.