For Immediate Release

July 3, 2019

Contact: Zach Eisenstein

Phone: (202) 265-2405 ext. 3330

Email: zeisenstein@siecus.org

 

OVER 60 SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH, RIGHTS, AND JUSTICE ORGANIZATIONS CONDEMN THE TRUMP-PENCE ADMINISTRATION’S TREATMENT OF MIGRANTS AT BORDER DETENTION CAMPS

(Washington, DC) – As advocates for sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice, our vision of the world is built upon dismantling systems of power and oppression. We recognize that our work does not occur in a vacuum and must respond to injustices happening right now and, in particular, the humanitarian crisis at the United States’ southern border. This administration has cruelly separated thousands of migrant children and families, deported hundreds of parents without their children, abused migrant children in detention, and failed to reunite these families.  As organizations, and as humans, we cannot live out our values if we remain silent on these atrocities.

We condemn the separation of families and the detention of children and families. We condemn the inhumane conditions of these border camps. We condemn the Trump-Pence administration’s callous, cruel policies and rhetoric. We condemn those in power who would rather stay silent or debate semantics while migrant families continue to die.

We refuse to stand by while people are rounded up, families are torn apart, and the United States government continues to withhold basic human necessities from young parents and vulnerable children and infants. We will not be complicit in these violations of human rights, nor will we continue lowering the bar for what passes for morality under this presidency. And we cannot allow Congress to continue funding the Trump-Pence administration’s campaign of terror without dismantling these policies.

These horrors must stop. And we call upon Congress to end them today.

Signed,

Advocates for Youth

African American Ministers In Action

AIDS Foundation of Chicago

AIDS United

American Sexual Health Association

Athlete Ally

AVAC

Center for Disability Rights, Inc.

CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers

Chicago Abortion Fund

Council for Global Equality

Equity Forward

EyesOpenIowa

Gateway Women’s Access Fund

Global Justice Center

GMHC

Guttmacher Institute

Health GAP (Global Access Project)

HIVenas Abiertas

Housing Works

Howard Brown Health

If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice

In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda

Jewish Women International

Lilith Fund

Maryland

Medical Students for Choice

Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health (MOASH)

NARAL Pro-Choice America

NARAL Pro-Choice Arizona

National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF)

National Center for Lesbian Rights

National Coalition for LGBT Health

National Council of Jewish Women

National Council on Independent Living (NCIL)

National Equality Action Team (NEAT)

National Health Law Program

National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH)

National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

National LGBT Cancer Network

National LGBTQ Task Force

National Organization for Women (NOW)

National Partnership for Women & Families

National Women’s Health Network

National Women’s Law Center

PAI

Peer Health Exchange

People For the American Way

Physicians for Reproductive Health

Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Population Institute

Positive Women’s Network-USA

Preterm

Ruth M Rothstein CORE Center/Cook County Health

Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS)

Stop the Shaming

The Women’s Foundation of California

UltraViolet

URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity

Voices for Progress

WCLA – Choice Matters

Yellowhammer Fund

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The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS) has served as the national voice for sex education, sexual health, and sexual rights for over 50 years. SIECUS asserts that sexuality is a fundamental part of being human, one worthy of dignity and respect. We advocate for the rights of all people to accurate information, comprehensive sexuality education, and the full spectrum of sexual and reproductive health services. SIECUS works to create a world that ensures social justice inclusive of sexual and reproductive rights.

 

This press release was cross-posted from the SIECUS website: https://siecus.org/joint-srhr-statement-border-crisis