LatinoJustice & other Human Rights Groups Denounce U.S.-Mexico Campaign to Interdict and Summarily Deport Central American Refugees

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 16, 2016

Contact: John Garcia, Director of Communications, 212-739-7513, 917-673-9095 or jgarcia@latinojustice.org

NEW YORK, April 16, 2016 -- Over 35 faith-based groups and human rights organizations filed a petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States denouncing the joint campaign of the United States and Mexico--the infamous Plan Frontera Sur--to interdict and summarily deport persons--including thousands of children and families--fleeing rampant violence in Central America's "northern triangle": Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. The petition, Adolescentes en el Camino, et al. (United States and Mexico), Case P-652-16, marshals extensive evidence that the two governments are deporting tens of thousands of men, women and children to jurisdictions in which they run a clear risk of persecution and death, in violation of the long-standing international prohibition against refoulement of refugees. Petitioners ask the Commission to rule, inter alia, that interdicted refugees are entitled to a full and fair process by which their eligibility for international protection in Mexico may be determined

The petition also contends that the two governments unlawfully detain Central America asylum-seekers en masse and subject them to conditions of hyper-violence and impunity in Mexico in an unconscionable and illegal effort to deter them from seeking international protection. The petition is on behalf of immigrant and refugee children detained in the United States who are increasingly being interdicted in Mexico and summarily deported to countries in which they suffer horrific persecution.

Petitioners are represented by the Center for Human Rights & Constitutional Law, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, the Van Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law, affiliates of the USC-Gould School of Law International Human Rights Clinic, La Raza Centro Legal, and the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild.

More detailed information regarding the petition is here. The petition is available for download here. ESBOZO en español, aunque un poco diferente de la versión archivado, está disponible por este vínculo.

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