[act-ma] 4/03 Secure Communities Event @ Northeastern Law TUESDAY
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Sat Mar 31 09:15:37 PDT 2012
Northeastern School of Law Chapter of NLG presents...
NEW ORLEANS CONGRESS OF DAY LABORERS v. THE ORLEANS PARISH SHERIFF
A discussion about a community organization’s campaign to end ICE holds
at one of the worst prisons in America.
With Delmy Palencia and Jacinta Gonzalez of the New Orleans Congress of
Day Laborers and the New Orleans Worker Center for Racial Justice.
Tuesday, April 3 rd
250 Dockser Hall
Delmy Palencia is a mother and leader of the Congress of Day Laborers in
New Orleans, Louisiana. She was unjustly detained by Immigrations and
Customs Enforcement (ICE) earlier this year, and is now facing
deportation in retaliation for her civil rights work. On May 21, 2011,
Delmy Palencia was wrongfully arrested by the New Orleans Police after
she locked her husband out of the house following a domestic argument.
Ms. Palencia was then held in the Orleans Parish Prison for 45-days. ICE
used Secure Communities to place a hold request on Ms. Palencia and
request she continue to be detained. After almost two months of criminal
detention, all charges against her were dropped. Nonetheless, as a
result of the Secure Communities program, ICE requested that the local
Sheriff further detain her on an immigration hold. In its cooperation
with ICE’s Secure Communities Program, the Orleans Parish Sheriff
violated the constitution and held Ms. Palencia longer than allowed by
law. When the Sheriff held Ms. Palencia for more than 48 hours, a
community coalition challenged her detention as part of a pattern of
unconstitutional custody and secured her release. After a community
coalition secured her release, ICE conducted a night home raid to
re-arrest Ms. Palencia, place her in detention without bond, and
separate her from her infant U.S. citizen son. ICE’s targeting of Ms.
Palencia for arrest not only separates her from her young child, it also
chills future civil rights work.
As lead organizer for the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial
Justice's Congress of Day Laborers, Jacinta Gonzalez helped establish
and maintain a base of day laborers and immigrant families dedicated to
building worker power, advancing racial justice, and mobilizing workers
across race and industry in post-Katrina New Orleans. She was the lead
investigator and primary author of two reports that documented the
inhumane conditions in the immigration detention center in Basile,
Louisiana, and played a role in exposing abuses in the South Louisiana
Detention Center. Jacinta is currently a Soros Justice Fellow.
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