Queer Detainee Empowerment Project

Posted: November 6, 2014 in For your information, for your reflection, Our Stories, Solidarity

Here is a very disturbing story in from the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project. We also publish information about the project and contacts for them.

One of QDEP’s comrades, Jack Vimo of NYIC, shared this last night. Absolutely incredible and disturbing.

“What does it mean to be “green” or to be a “foodie”? Today I met with an immigrant farm worker group who told me a terrible story. A few years ago, a farm worker housing unit burst into flames because of the horrific working and housing conditions that the agricultural workers endure here in the Syracuse area and around the country. Over a dozen farm workers fled their burning barracks, their skin literally falling off of their bodies. Volunteer interpreters were summoned to the hospital (the hospital language access laws we fought so hard to pass had not been implemented). The workers were all unconscious when the interpreters arrived. Two of the workers never regained consciousness. One of them was never identified. Because these workers do not share their real names for fear of immigration consequences, no one could notify his family of his passing. Meanwhile, the remaining workers who did regain consciousness would get up from their hospital beds in the middle of the night to switch the name plates on their doors for fear that ICE would deport them as they recovered from their wounds. This is the price that must be paid for our food. We are hosting the next Farmworker Bill of Rights meeting at the NYIC office in NYC on Monday, November 17th.”

About

An Alternative to Detention Program for queer, trans, and HIV+ detainees.

HOTLINE: 347.645.9339

Mission

The Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (QDEP) is an Alternative to Detention Program (ATD), that works with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non- Conforming, HIV+ detainees and their families currently in detention centers and those that are recently released from detention centers, seeking status in the United States.
Description
The Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (QDEP) is an Alternative to Detention Program (ATD), that works with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, queer, Two Spirit, Trans, Gender Non- Conforming, and HIV+ detainees and their families currently in detention centers and those that are recently released from detention centers, seeking status in the United States.

We are a collective of organizers and volunteers.
Jamila Hammammi, Director and Organizer (jamila@qdep.org)
Janani Balasubramanian, Organizer (janani@qdep.org)

HOTLINE: 347.645.9339


Address:
Brooklyn Community Pride Center
ATTN: QDEP
4 Metrotech, Ground Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Office Hours:
M-F, 10am-5pm

email:
info@qdep.org

Advertisements

Comments are closed.