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More Than 10,000 Lawyer Moms and Allies Across U.S.
Joining Forces June 29 to Demand End to
Inhumane Removal of Children From Parents Attempting to Enter U.S.
Lawyer Moms of America to Visit New Jersey Members of Congress to Demand Immediate Halt to
Illegal and Inhumane Separation of Families in a Day of Action
WASHINGTON D.C., June 19, 2018 — Lawyer moms and their allies will fan out to offices of five GOP congressmen in New Jersey on Friday as part of a national Lawyer Moms of America Day of Action to demand an end to the current federal policy of separating migrant children from their parents attempting to enter the United States.
The lawyer moms plan to protest from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the offices of U.S. Reps. Frank LoBiondo in May’s Landing (2nd), Tom MacArthur in Marlton (3rd), Chris Smith in Freehold (4th), Leonard Lance in Westfield (7th) and Rodney Frelinghuysen in Morristown (11th).
“As a mother of two small children, I cannot imagine the pain of not knowing where my babies were or if they were safe,” said Rielly Karsh, a co-organizer of the New Jersey Day of Action.
Uyen “Winn” Khuong, the executive director of Action Together New Jersey, said her organization is joining Lawyer Moms to support its effort. Khuong migrated from Vietnam as an 8-year old and knows first hand the trauma of being separated from her family.
“What was the most traumatic thing for me and my sisters? The one night when our father was taken from us and jailed by the local police,” Khuong said. “Of all the trauma, the separation from the only safe harbor we knew is still seared into me. I am an immigrant and I abhor the immoral practice that is separating children from their parents. This will leave lasting trauma and scars and it needs to be stopped.”
The demonstration is expected to attract more than 10,000 lawyer moms and their allies across the nation.
Since April, more than 2,000 children have been removed from their parents and placed into separate holding centers as a result of this policy.
Although President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday reversing the policy, members of the group are forging ahead with the protest because simply ending the policy of family separation will not address the status of the thousands of children who have already been separated from their families.
“As a lawyer and a mother, I cannot stand silent in the face of this gross injustice,” said Tovah Kopan, a lawyer from New Jersey and co-organizer of the Lawyer Moms of America group that is organizing the Day of Action. “Each of us lawyer moms would do anything to keep our children safe. Each of us swore an oath to defend the Constitution. We will not let this unconscionable practice stand on our watch.”
On Tuesday, June 19th, parents from New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District took part in a “Storm the Capitol” and met with Senators Booker and Menendez, both of whom have been outspoken opponents of Trump’s inhumane zero-tolerance policy. Voters have pledged to keep up the pressure until this policy is undone with Families Belong Together Vigils at both district offices and in Washington, D.C.
Every day, undocumented parents, many of whom are seeking asylum, are separated from their children by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which forcibly removes children from their parents and places the children in government holding centers or foster care.
While the policy of separating families has been supported by the Trump administration as a deterrent to keep asylum seekers and other migrants from attempting to enter the U.S., according to the Washington Post, data actually shows an increase in illegal border crossing attempts since March and year-over-year since 2017.
“It’s an unconscionable act that doesn’t even accomplish the goal of deterring illegal entry,” said Tahmina Watson, an immigration lawyer from Washington State and co-organizer of Lawyer Moms of America. “Stepping away from established asylum policies, this is a violation of basic human rights that the United Nations condemns. Therefore, it is imperative that Congress steps in immediately to halt such a barbaric practices. This is not the America we know.”
Lawyer Moms for America is supported in this effort by non-lawyers, non-parents and others who fundamentally believe that human rights for parents and children should not stop at our borders.
About Lawyer Moms of America
Lawyer Moms of America is a non-partisan group of over 10,000 lawyer moms across the U.S. who have banded together to stand up for the rights of parents and children seeking entry into the U.S. Our membership spans all political parties and affiliations and all 50 states.
About Action Together New Jersey
ATNJ, a non-profit, progressive group, is the largest grassroots organization in New Jersey with chapters in every county. ATNJ seeks to promote equality and progressive ideals and to secure a more inclusive, fair and equitable future for New Jersey and the nation. For more information, visit www.ATNJ.org
New Jersey Press Contacts
Rielly Karsh, Esq.
Lisa Mandelblatt, Esq.
National Press Contacts
Tovah Kopan, Esq.
Erin Albanese, Esq.