That was the message that over 80 women religious, priests, pastors and OTOC leaders delivered to Congressman Brad Ashford and other members of Congress. Fifty people agreed to contact the offices of Nebraska Representatives and Senators over the next several months and recruit at least 4 more people to ask Congress to forcefully advocate for the end of protracted detention of women and children seeking asylum.
OTOC leaders Jeanne Schuler, local Attorney Dan Rock and Sr. Kathleen Erickson, RSM gave passionate presentations about this practice that is unjust and a very expensive way to handle women and children who come to our borders to seek asylum, seeking relief from gang violence in Central America.
To see their moving statements, go to OTOC’s Facebook page at: OTOC Facebook Page
Local media outlets covered this issue and our action in these stories:
Fox 42 Becka’s Beat:
Grace: She came to America seeking asylum and ended up in what felt like prison
Our speakers encouraged people across Omaha to tell our elected officials:
“Mothers and children who have fled horrific violence are being held, locked up, against their will. They can’t defend themselves as they have no resources and the language barriers are great.
It’s time to end this practice. There are more humane, community based alternatives to these costly detention centers where tax payers are paying top dollar to private corrections corporations for each person held.”