In the modern era and particularly within the last 30 years, rapidly increasing militarization in border security, immigration policy, and Immigration Customs and Enforcement locally has contributed to a lower quality of life for many individuals, notably indigenous and communities of color. IFCLA works to bring awareness to these vast issues of increasing militarization through local collaborations with organizations. IFCLA strives to help the St. Louis community recognize the connections between local manifestations of policing and policing practices in Latin America.
Each year IFCLA sends volunteers to Dilley, Texas to work with the CARA Project in supporting women and children detained at the South Texas Family Residential Center. Volunteers act as legal assistants and interpreters, and meet with the asylum seekers to help them prepare for their credible fear interviews.
Most recently, in December 2017, a team of IFCLA representatives visited Dilley, Texas.
Read Marissa Ornelas's reflection here.
Honduras Working Group
Honduras suffered a military coup on June 28, 2009, which ousted the democratically-elected president, José Manuel “Mel” Zelaya Rosales. Since that event, Honduras has become the most violent country in the Americas, and nascent citizen movements have been repressed. Journalists, human rights lawyers and members of the LGBT community have particularly suffered great oppression and loss of life in the past 5 years. These realities have been widely ignored both by the U.S. press and by our government. For those of us who have been standing in solidarity with the poor of Latin America, the Honduras coup signaled the return to violent strategies that suppressed people’s movements more commonly in the 1980’s.
IFCLA, in conjunction with a number of other local and national solidarity organizations, has been responding to events in Honduras to convey the realities of repression to decision makers and to call for citizen action when urgent needs arise. Two of our members joined delegations monitoring last November’s elections in Honduras. Three IFCLA volunteers participated in the Honduras Solidarity Network’s conference in Chicago in January. We have also formed a Honduras Watch Group to more methodically track events in Honduras and generate action alerts to people in our community who may want to respond. We plan St. Louis events to share the findings of our election observers and respond annually to the anniversary of the coup on June 28.
Please contact us if you would be interested in joining our Committee as we call for justice in Honduras.