2019-02-09: News Headlines

teleSUR (2019-02-08). Sierra Leone: New Policy Hands Life Sentences to Child Rapists. telesurenglish.net Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio, Thursday, declared rape and sexual violence as a "national emergency" and established life imprisonment for child rapists. | RELATED: | Honduras: 30 Femicides in January with 95% Impunity Rate | "[This] historic declaration is a landmark in tackling sexual gender based-violence in Sierra Leone and this was made possible by the tireless voices of survivors (women & girls) and activist who have been working on this issue away from the spotlight, w…

Ian Allen (2019-02-08). Trump's 'Caravan' Is a Made-up Monster Fabricated by the Far Right. thenation.com Trump's 'Caravan' Is a Made-up Monster Fabricated by the Far Right…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-08). Dems Accuse Trump Admin of "State-Sponsored Child Abuse" as Separated Migrant Children Scandal Grows. democracynow.org Trump administration officials are acknowledging that there may be thousands more missing immigrant children who were separated from their parents than originally reported. This was the focus of a hearing on Thursday of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. We speak to Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project. He is the lead lawyer on the ACLU's national challenge to the Trump administration's family separation practice. He testified at the hearing yesterday.

Shared by Cherise (2019-02-08). The Migrant Child Separation Scandal Keeps Growing. truthout.org Trump administration officials are acknowledging that there may be thousands more missing immigrant children who were separated from their parents than originally reported. This was the focus of a hearing on Thursday of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. We speak to Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project. He is the lead lawyer on the ACLU's national challenge to the Trump administration's family separation practice. He testified at the hearing yesterday. | Stay in the loopNever miss the news and analysis you care…

Ryan Devereaux (2019-02-08). Journalists, Lawyers, and Activists Working on the Border Face Coordinated Harassment From U.S. and Mexican Authorities. theintercept.com The Intercept has uncovered a pattern of official harassment aimed at journalists covering migrant caravans in Mexico, as well as attorneys and activists.

Fight Back (2019-02-07). In Zapata's shadow, Minneapolis says "Yes" to refugees. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – A sizable crowd gathered at the base of the statue of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata at South Minneapolis's Plaza Centenario, February 2, for an event titled "Rally Against the Wall." The demonstration was initiated by Minnesota Caravan Solidarity/Minnesota en Solidaridad con la Caravana, a coalition of international solidarity and immigrants' rights groups in Minnesota's Twin Cities. About 90 demonstrators chanted in support of the refugees travelling in large groups from Central American countries like Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador to seek asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border and cond…

splcenter (2019-02-07). Video: SPLC's Mary Bauer at the border, rebuts Trump on migrants. splcenter.org During his State of the Union address, President Trump once again demonized immigrants with blatant falsehoods as he sought to cajole Congress into funding a wall at the border.

Swathi Shanmugasundaram (2019-02-07). Florida Anti-Immigrant Group Lobbies To Introduce Legislation Attacking Immigrants. splcenter.org Anti-immigrant group Floridians for Immigration Enforcement (FLIMEN) lobbied legislators in Florida to introduce legislation mandating E-Verify and banning sanctuary measures.

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-06). Accommodating Asylum-Seekers and Migrants with Disabilities. hrw.org "If I stayed in Honduras, I was going to die," said José Medrano (not his real name), a 31-year-old man with a physical disability and a wheelchair user I met last week in a shelter for asylum seekers and migrants in Mexico City. He complained of his home country's lack of rehabilitation services and substandard medical treatment. | | | José Medrano (not his real name) a Honduran man with a disability on his way to the US border. | © 2019 Libertad Hernández | José is among hundreds of Central Americans heading to the Unit…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-06). Trump's State of Union Stokes Fear With Nationalist Rhetoric. therealnews.com The President's State of the Union speech demanded an end to investigations, while demonizing immigrants and Venezuela, and attacking abortion rights. Our panelists Jacqueline Luqman, Eugene Puryear, and Helena Olea discuss the speech

Jeff Abbott (2019-02-05). The Other Americans: Mexico Welcomes the Central American Exodus. progressive.org Since AMLO took over, migrants are finding much different environment than the previous caravans.