It’s here once again. The day on which we declare ourselves undocumented, unafraid, and unapologetic is just around the corner. –NIYA
This week is National Undocumented Youth Coming Out Week! The National Immigrant Youth Alliance (NIYA)—an undocumented youth-led coalition of groups and individuals committed to achieving equality for all immigrant youth—has put together resources and support for those planning on coming out. NIYA posted this on their website:
We know that coming out as undocumented is not easy. We know because we’ve been there. For many it’s terrifying experience, but it’s also a very empowering and liberating one. And you are not alone! This year, just like every year, hundreds of thousands of DREAMers, just like yourself, are making the decision to come out with you. Together, we are coming out of the shadows….
You can check out NIYA’s the Guide to Coming Out for undocumented youth and find out more about resources for advocacy here.
Also, on Friday, March 16, the New York State Youth Leadership Council will host a rally in Union Square in New York where people will share their stories together. For more information, visit their website.
The folks at Dream Activist have launched a campaign to stop the deportation of Yanelli Hernandez. Yanelli came to the United States as a 13-year-old and is set to be deported TOMORROW, TUESDAY, JANUARY 31! Yanelli almost took her life while being held in detention by ICE and what she needs is treatment. According to Dream Activist:
Yanelli’s case is urgent, we only have until Tuesday to stop her deportation. Yanelli came to the United States all by herself when she was 13, this means that, if deported, she won’t have anyone to support her.
We need your help to get Yanelli out, she needs to be at home with her family receiving treatment. Things are not looking good for her, ICE has already moved her to a different location. . . the last stop for detainees before they are deported. We pretty much have 1 day to stop Yanelli’s deportation.
Please make a phone call to John Morton, Director of ICE :1-800-394-5855 or 202-732-3000 or 1-800-821-9358
Dream Activist has provided a script to use if you need it:
Hello I am calling to ask that Yanelli Hernadez (A# 205 012 525) be allowed to stay in the U.S. where she needs treatment. Yanelli is suffering from depression; she has attempted to take her own life twice and should not be deported. This is wrong.