Religious, legal advocates call upon Obama administration to stop detaining immigrant families

Mar 23, 2016
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As the White House grounds are the scene of joyful families celebrating Easter by participating in the 138th Easter Egg Roll on March 28, other families will mark the greatest feast of the Christian calendar while locked away in immigration detention centers.

While some families head toward the events at the White House on March 28, the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Representation and Advocacy Project, religious and legal advocates and members of families that have been locked up while seeking asylum will call on the Obama administration to put an end to the detention of families.

Speakers will include:

  • Rev. Sharon Stanley Rea, Director Refugee & Immigration Ministries, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the U.S. and Canada
  • Sister Eileen Campbell, RSM, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
  • Isabel Saavedra, former staff attorney for the CARA project in Dilley, Texas.
  • Two formerly detained immigrant families
  • U.S. Rep. Ana Sol-Gutierrez, D-Maryland (expected)

Additional participants are still being confirmed.


12:30 p.m. Monday, March 28, 2016
Lafayette Square, across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House

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The CARA Pro Bono Project is a partnership of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC), the American Immigration Council (Council), Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), that provides legal representation and undertakes advocacy on behalf of women and children held in federal family detention centers.

Press inquiries, please contact:

CLINIC: Patricia Zapor,, 301-565-4830