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Va Lawyers to Report Back from Border Facility


CONTACT:        Simon Sandoval-Moshenberg, (703) 720-5605,

Virginia Lawyers to Report Back from Border Immigrant Detention Facility Where DHS Holds Parents of Separated Children

On Tuesday, June 26, 2018, at 11:00am, Washington, D.C.-area lawyers will hold a press conference to report their findings from the Port Isabel immigrant detention facility, which the Department of Homeland Security has designated as the holding site for parents of separated children.  The press conference will take place at the offices of the Legal Aid Justice Center, 6066 Leesburg Pike, Suite 520, Falls Church VA 22041.  Please e-mail to RSVP or, if unable to attend, for call-in information.

The lawyers speaking, each of whom interviewed and provided legal counseling to dozens of parents who were victims of the family separation policy:

  • Sophia Gregg, Legal Aid Justice Center staff attorney
  • Ofelia Calderon, founding partner at Calderon Seguin PLC, Legal Aid Justice Center board member, and Dulles Justice Coalition board member
  • Sirine Shebaya, Muslim Advocates senior staff attorney and Dulles Justice Coalition board member
  • Eileen Blessinger, principal of Blessinger Legal PLLC and longtime Legal Aid Justice Center supporter
  • Sara Elizabeth Dill, partner at GJC Corporation and Dulles Justice Coalition board member

Legal Aid Justice Center will also provide updates on their legal efforts to help free immigrant children trapped in juvenile detention centers and locked shelters in Virginia, and to help Virginia families seeking to reunite with immigrant children detained by the government anywhere in the country.

*La conferencia de prensa será en inglés pero los abogados son bilingües y estarán disponibles para entrevistas con medios de comunicación en español.*

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Legal Aid Justice Center is a statewide Virginia nonprofit organization whose mission is to strengthen the voices of low-income communities and root out the inequities that keep people in poverty.  We provide legal support to immigrant communities and use advocacy and impact litigation to fight back against ICE enforcement and detention abuses.  Since 2014, we have represented over 150 immigrant children though our Refugee Kids in Court initiative.

Muslim Advocates is a national legal advocacy and educational organization that works on the frontlines of civil rights to guarantee freedom and justice for Americans of all faiths.

 Dulles Justice Coalition is a nonpartisan alliance of individual volunteers from legal non-profits, law firms, and all walks of life working to uphold democracy and justice. Our volunteers remain focused on fighting the Muslim Ban and other unjust immigration policies on a person-to-person level and in the courts, and we remain committed to using our collective voice and power to stand shoulder to shoulder with our immigrant and refugee neighbors to counter discrimination and bigotry.

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