Diego Macancela

June 13, 2017

Dear Members of the CVH Family:

Last week, officers from Immigration Customs and Enforcement (“ICE”) arrested and detained 18-year- old Ossining high school student Diego Macancela and his mother. Diego and his mother are currently being held at detention centers in Kearny, New Jersey and Goshen, New York. They now face the threat of deportation to Ecuador, a country they fled due to gang violence. They have not committed a single crime. They are being detained because Diego’s mother had attempted to apply for political asylum and their applications were rejected.

 We are outraged at the treatment of Diego, his mother and his family. CVH is committed to fighting against the unjust, inhumane immigration policies that separate families and put human lives in peril. We are working with the Hudson Valley Community Coalition and New York Immigration Coalition in pursuit of justice for Diego and his family. These two organizations are working closely with Diego’s family to provide legal defense and advocacy support. There has already been a tremendous outpouring of support from the community and we will take proactive steps to build on that foundation.

To get involved in local efforts to support Diego’s case, please call Community Voices Heard leader, Marcela Levin at 914-610- 9540. For legal assistance in your own immigration case, please contact our partners at the Hudson Valley Justice Center at 914-308- 3490. If you witness an immigration raid, please report it immediately by calling the United We Dream hotline at 1-844- 363-1423.

We see Diego’s case as an attack on our values and the things we hold dear: safety, family, inclusion and the inherent dignity of each person. In order to build a world that represents our values, we need to build powerful and long-lasting peoples’ organizations. Community Voices Heard member-leaders in the Ossining Chapter have fought boldly for their rights as immigrants and as tenants. Please join Community Voices Heard to continue to build a powerful chapter in Ossining.

Our next chapter meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 27th at 7:30PM in the Fellowship Hall at Trinity Episcopal Church. For more information, contact Julia Solow, Community Voices Heard - Westchester Organizer at 914-514- 7632 or julia@CVHaction.org

Forward,

Afua Atta-Mensah, Esq.

Community Voices Heard

Executive Director