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Amnesty International, Haitian Bridge Alliance, UndocuBlack Network, and CUSP to lead press conference outside Congress to denounce torture of Haitian asylum seekers; Rep. Andy Levin to speak

Drawing on a traditional form of popular protest across the world, demonstrators will bang pots and pans outside Congress from 11:30am-12:30pm on Thursday September 22 to call for an end to the anti-Black and traumatic ill-treatment of Haitian asylum seekers by US authorities, which amounts to race-based torture under international human rights law. There will be a press conference at 11:30 am.

Amnesty International, Haitian Bridge Alliance, UndocuBlack Network, and Communities United for Status and Protection will lead the action on Capitol Hill, which coincides with the release of the report ‘They Did Not Treat Us Like People’: Race and Migration-Related Torture and Other Ill-Treatment of Haitians Seeking Safety in the USA.

What: Press conference to denounce torture of Haitian asylum seekers

Speakers at the event will include:

  • Moderator: Amy Fischer, Advocacy Director, Amnesty InterChange
  • Rep. Andy Levin, Founder and Co-Chair, House Haiti Caucus
  • Erika Guevara Rosas, Americas Regional Director, Amnesty International
  • Daniel Tse, Haitian Bridge Alliance
  • Krystina Francois, Communities United for Status & Protection (CUSP)
  • Haddy Gassama, UndocuBlack Network

Rep. Andy Levin, Erika Guevara-Rosas and Krystina Francois as well as Taisha Saintil, advocacy and communications coordinator at Haitian Bridge Alliance, are available for interviews.

When: September 22 at 11:30 am

Where: United States Capitol Triangle, Washington, DC 20004

Please RSVP to: [email protected]

To arrange an interview, please contact:

Amnesty International: [email protected]

Rep. Andy Levin: [email protected]

Taisha Saintil (Haitian Bridge Alliance): [email protected]

Carolyn Tran (CUSP): [email protected]

Bethelhem Negash (UndocuBlack Network): [email protected]