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PHOENIX — Transporter of Stolen Migrant Children was ‘Black Contract’ Operator in Iraq and Afghanistan


MVM secret black contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan were exposed when MVM was sued by an employee. Now in Phoenix, MVM was caught on video stashing migrant children in an abandoned office building. Photos 2 and 3: MVM advertised for youth care workers in Phoenix in June. In the photos, Native youths can be seen taking young migrant children into the black site in midtown Phoenix, including one

Officials admit they may have separated family – who might be US citizens – for up to a year

ACLU calls revelation ‘horrific’ and blames administration’s poor execution of family separation policy

The Department of Justice (DoJ) told a federal judge Tuesday that it may have mistakenly separated a father and toddler who could both be US citizens for as long as a year, in the process of enforcing the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy.

Related: Trump forced to reinstate ‘catch and release’ after court defeats

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“God willing, someone will take pity on me soon.”

My name is Maria*. I have been living in the U.S. for 14 years, but now I am in immigration detention in Illinois. It is painful and exhausting when you don’t have anyone’s support. Being incarcerated because of this country’s immigration laws can be terrifying, and people, out of fear, can be scared to help you. On top of that, it is very expensive to hire an attorney. This is what I am going through now. I need an attorney because my court date is soon and I have no idea what I am going to do. My daughters are what I live for and our separation is painful to me. Especially because I have an 8 month-old baby. My daughters need me! I feel so abandoned because the only family I have are my daughters. They are suffering and cry every day for me because I don’t have the money to pay for an attorney or for bail. Oh my God, this is so hard, because I just want to be with my daughters.

My story is a long one, but the nightmare began on January 11th, 2018 when I had to go to court in Kankake, Illinois. Coming out of the judge’s room, Immigration officers were waiting for me. They took me into a room to arrest me. They asked if I had children and I told them I did. But I was in shock. I couldn’t comprehend what was happening. At that time I had left my 10 year-old daughter and my 7 month-old baby at the house, because I thought I was going to go back home, that everything would go the same way it had in the past. But it wasn’t like that. I pleaded with the agent to let me speak to someone so that they could go and pick up my daughters, but they were rude and didn’t care. They were heartless. The man was Filipino and I thought to myself, how could someone who is also an immigrant have so much hate, or racism, to deport a fellow immigrant from this country?

I am a single mother and I work 7 days week. Everything that one does is just so that their children can have a better life than one’s self. Anyway, later they took me to Chicago and there they took my fingerprints, etc. After their routine search — a horror — I began to realize what was happening and started to cry. I called my Consulate, but they were no help. On the contrary, they told me I’d soon be deported. Wow, what a thing to say.

But the nightmare didn’t end there. I was able to speak to my daughter by telephone and I told her to call our neighbor so that she could come and get her and my baby. From that moment I haven’t been able to see my little girls, even my little one. That very same day I was taken to the McHenry jail, supposedly only temporarily. I started to cry again, and to this day I am praying for my release. The food isn’t the best but I don’t complain because our Father blesses me every day. I ask that I will see my daughters soon. I am looking for a lawyer to take my case here, but it is very slow. My court date is soon and it scares me to think what will happen in court without anyone to represent me. But God is my rock and my protector in the face of this situation. I only ask for a miracle and for some mercy for this mother that is suffering every day, as are all of my companions in here with me so far from their children.

I don’t have money to buy things, like shampoo, but I don’t need it because I know soon I will be getting out of here. I just need help taking up a collection for when I am released on bail, because I need to get back and see my daughters. My heart breaks when I have money to call them and they cry and tell me they love and me and want me to come back soon. My littlest one is with her father (or with my second relationship) but he won’t answer the phone. All I want to know is how she is. I don’t have any control over this because I am in the hands of the enemy.

At times I feel like what I imagine the Jews felt in the times of Hitler because you don’t know what is going to happen to you or where they will take you. When the immigration officials come they are almost like devils, and no one wants to ask about their case out of fear that they will be deported as a result. This is what they have told me happens: that if a girl asks any sort of question about her case she is then deported within days. It’s painful to see all of these cases. We are not criminals. I did not kill anyone; I am only a mother, one who wants to see her daughters grow, to raise them and shape them into respectable women. Please, help us immigrants — we are all brothers and sisters. What brought us here was family, our children. Blessed God, I give my case over to you. You are love; give us strength to overcome this suffering. I hope someone will help me.



*Not her real name

Translated by Katherine Guillen from a letter written to us in Spanish.

Editors note: We’ve attempted to follow up with Maria, but she no longer appears in the ICE Detainee Locator. We are hopeful that she has been released on bond.


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On the Fourth of July, Leonard Peltier Still in Lockdown


Greeting Friends, Family, and Supporters,July 4th is a national holiday which should mean an extra visiting day in July for Leonard. Normally, Leonard would be spending today with members of the ILPDC or possibly members of his family would have made the trip to visit him. Today, no one will be able to visit Leonard as the lockdown at USP Coleman continues – it has been over 30 days so

Western Shoshone Carole Wright ‘White House Racism and Stolen Children’


Carlisle Indian School, Penn., circa 1900

Carlisle Indian School ‘The Children Who Never Came Home’
Photo Brenda Norrell, Longest Walk 2008

Western Shoshone Carole Wright ‘White House Racism and Stolen Children’

By Carole Wright, Western Shoshone

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July 3, 2018

I, and my Indian relatives, have watched the ugliness of the immigration policies perpetrated

Selfie in jail: Defenders of migrant children jailed over Trump’s genocide and torture of children at border


Eleanor Chavez said, “In the jail cell at State Police on Cerrillos in Santa Fe. Arrested at the governor’s office.”
“We are in jail — but where are the children?”
The New Mexico Governor’s office was occupied on Thursday in protest of New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez’ support of Trump separating migrant children from their parents at the border.

US criticises Ireland for insufficient action on modern slavery

Stealing babies from Guatemala and El Salvador is new US slavery!

People trafficking report highlights forced labour in Irish fishing industry

Ireland has been downgraded by the US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report for failing to do enough to tackle modern slavery.

The 2018 TIP report, released on Thursday, gives Ireland a Tier 2 ranking, on a par with Indonesia and India, because of what it describes as the government’s failure to adequately protect victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation and labour abuse, and failure to convict traffickers.

Related: ‘We thought slavery had gone away’: African men exploited on Irish boats

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Inspired by Trump, the world could be heading back to the 1930s | Jonathan Freedland

The US president tears children from parents, and in Europe his imitators dehumanise migrants. We know where such hatred leads

You’ll remember Godwin’s law, which holds that the longer an online debate goes on, the likelier it is that someone will mention Hitler or the Nazis. It was an amusing observation and one that served a useful purpose, guarding against hyperbole and fatuous comparison. Except last August, as the American far right staged a torchlight parade in Charlottesville, Mike Godwin suspended his own law. “By all means, compare these shitheads to Nazis,” he tweeted. “Again and again. I’m with you.”

Related: I saw a 5-month-old baby in detention. The harm to him cannot be undone | Lauren Dass

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The US withdrawal from the UNHCR is a gift to Xi Jinping and China | Frances Eve

It appears the last holdout in the resistance to ‘human rights with Chinese characteristics’ has collapsed

The US withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council is a gift to China’s leader Xi Jinping.

Quitting the UNHRC won’t make it disappear. It opens a leadership vacancy that China is happy to fill. The Trump administration has stepped back to allow China the space to dominate the council unchallenged and advance its agenda to redefine human rights after the “China model.”

Related: US quits UN human rights council – ‘a cesspool of political bias’

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