One Local Farmerwoker Detained by ICE, Says Activist Group
At approximately 12:00 pm on Wednesday, April 18, the Humboldt County Rapid Response Hotline received a call from the United Farm Workers of America that someone had been detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Bayside at 7:30 am. The dispatcher was told that the spouse of the detainee had called them and that he was already in transport to a detention facility in San Francisco. The United Farm Workers also advised the Rapid Response Network to be on alert for other potential ICE enforcement activity. The network is still seeking further information and is ready to respond in the event of further actions. We encourage our community to call (707) 282-5226 to receive immediate support if confronted by ICE in your home, at your workplace, on the street, etc.
“The Rapid Response Network is a community based effort that works to bring awareness to the grotesque tactics and enforcement actions used by ICE. We work to train community members in being legal observers if and when ICE comes into Humboldt County. We also work on being able to provide legal resources and support to those affected by ICE.” – Emely Velez, Fellow with ACLU of Northern California.
Since May of 2017, leaders of True North Organizing Network in partnership with ACLU of Northern California have been building a Rapid Response Network in Humboldt County to address our immigrant communities’ fears of separation from their families and the human rights violations that have occured at the hands of ICE officers. As part of the Rapid Response Network, 80 volunteers from Mckinleyville to Loleta have been trained in Know Your Rights and how to observe an ICE raid. When the network is activated, volunteers who live near the reported site of ICE activity are dispatched to observe and document so as to protect constitutional and human rights of our community members. The network is also providing support to families after the fact, when affected by an immigration enforcement action.
True North Organizing Network believes in standing up for the human dignity and rights of all people. Please visit www.truenorthorganizing.org/immigration to find out how to join the Humboldt County Rapid Response Network. #No1StandsAlone