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Ohio Faith Leaders Arrested At CoreCivic After Attempting to Provide Pastoral Care to Immigrants

Youngstown, OH – For months, religious leaders have tried to visit immigrant detainees to provide religious support at the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center, operated by CoreCivic, and been thwarted from doing so.  Today, instead of being allowed to minister to the individuals incarcerated here for CIVIL violations, five of our leaders were arrested. See here … Continue reading »

Amnesty International USA, Columbus Dispatch Call on Trump Administration to Halt Mauritanian Deportations

“US shouldn’t become new persecutor of refugees” The Columbus Dispatch is out with a new editorial, “US shouldn’t become new persecutor of refugees,” decrying the U.S. government’s insistence on deporting Black Mauritanians to a country that is likely to arrest and enslave them. The issue was recently raised in a powerful cover story in The … Continue reading »

Vigil at Youngstown Immigration Jail

***MEDIA ADVISORY*** MONDAY, August 20th at 1pm ET Interfaith Vigil in Support of Immigrants Detained At CoreCivic/Northeast Ohio Correctional Center (Youngstown)  Youngstown, OH – Radial Church, InterReligious Task Force on Central America and Colombia, America’s Voice Ohio, and allies of all faiths will stand in support of immigrants detained at the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center, … Continue reading »

They’re Going For It: Despite Grave Risk of Slavery if Sent Back, Trump’s ICE Continues to Deport Black Mauritanians

ABC 6 in Columbus is out with a powerful piece on the human rights atrocity our government is committing by deporting Mauritanians who have lived in the U.S. for decades to a country where they will be arrested and enslaved.   “It sounds unbelievable, but it is true,” said Lynn Tramonte, Deportation Defense Coordinator with … Continue reading »

Legal Experts and Community Leaders Decry the Deportation of Mauritanians and the Arrest of Anti-Slavery Leader Biram Dah Abeid

A recording of the call is available here. Columbus, OH – In a sharp departure from prior administrations, Trump’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has restarted deportations of long-term U.S. residents to Mauritania, despite the grave risk of arrest, slavery, and extortion they face.  This situation was recently highlighted in a major cover story in … Continue reading »

TUES PRESS CALL to Decry Deportations of Mauritanians Facing Slavery, Arrest of Internationally-Acclaimed Abolitionist Biram Dah Abeid

***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Tuesday, August 14 12:30pm eastern Dial in: 877-876-9173; Passcode: FREE Columbus, OH —  An article in The Atlantic is shining a spotlight on the Trump Administration’s efforts to ramp up deportations of long-settled U.S. residents from Mauritania, back to a country where they are likely to face arrest, torture, and slavery.  Danae King’s … Continue reading »

Women’s Refugee Commission Joins Ohio Legal and Pediatric Experts to Discuss the Southern Border Refugee Situation

A recording of the call is available here. Cleveland, OH – The Trump Administration’s manufactured “family separation” crisis at our nation’s southern border has captured headlines and outraged Americans in Ohio and nationwide.   On the same day that the government released updated numbers showing that its policies have not had the “deterrence effect” it … Continue reading »

Arrest of Anti-Slavery Leader in Mauritania Shows Danger Ohio Immigrants Face if Deported

Biram Dah Abeid Arrested by Government One Day After The Atlantic Runs Story About Black Mauritanians Facing Deportation, Fearing Slavery Columbus, OH —  Not much is known about the arrest of prominent anti-slavery leader Biram Dah Abeid in Mauritania yesterday, but this is not the first time he has seen the inside of a Mauritanian … Continue reading »

PRESS CALL: The Southern Border Refugee Situation, Explained

***MEDIA ADVISORY*** TODAY, August 8th 12:15pm ET DIAL IN: 877-876-9177 PASSCODE: “REFUGEE” PRESS CALL: The Southern Border Refugee Situation, Explained Dr. Robert Needlman, Ohio Attorneys, National Experts Unpack Policies, Impacts,  & Alternatives to Family Separation The Women’s Refugee Commission will join Ohio legal and health experts on a conference call with reporters today, at 12:15pm … Continue reading »

The Atlantic Cover Story, “How Trump Radicalized ICE,” Highlights Plight of Mauritanians in Columbus

“I came to America to be free.  This is not freedom.” The new cover story of The Atlantic is a must-read piece by Frank Foer,  “How Trump Radicalized ICE.” Making several trips to Columbus, Foer uses the example of Mauritanians, who fled ethnic cleansing for safety in the United States—and now face deportation under Trump—to … Continue reading »