NYCHRP Marched in Solidarity with Separated Families and Forced Migrants

Reference: Rodrigo Bacus, Chairperson, New York Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (NYCHRP),

NYCHRP Marched in Solidarity with Separated Families and Forced Migrants

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NEW YORK, NY – On June 30, members of the New York Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (NYCHRP) joined a contingent of Filipino organizations marching as Filipino Organizations for Community, Unity, and Safety (FOCUS) in the NYC March to End Family Separation.

The group of 15 increased in numbers when others joined the contingent as it made its way from Foley Square to Cadman Plaza. FOCUS called for the end of family separation at the border and also raised the call to end family separation everywhere, putting emphasis on the role of the United States in forced migration. FOCUS called on the people of New York to oppose the role of the U.S. in creating the structural and systemic conditions for violence and poverty to prevail around the globe, factors that force people out of their home countries and leave their families and communities behind.

FOCUS is a coalition of Filipino organizations united to defend and stand with communities as the Trump administration intensifies its attacks against black and brown communities. FOCUS was formed the Fall of 2017 in response to the Filipino community’s particular vulnerability to the increase in labor trafficking, increase in racist attacks on the streets and by government, increase in policing of communities, and increase in government attacks on civil liberties.

“We march in solidarity with families that Trump is separating at the border because as members of a generations of forced migrants we understand the pain of family separation,” mentioned Rodrigo Bacus, Chairperson of NYCHRP, explaining the reason why they came to march. “Hearing the cries of the children who are being locked up in cages and given space blankets reminds me of our tears and our family’s tears. We cannot let this type of open fascism be left unchecked. What the Trump administration is doing is a violation of human rights, particular the Convention on the Rights of the Child.”

Rodrigo also called to attention the larger issue of forced migration and the role of the U.S. in driving it. Even today, US policy is still creating conflict and poverty in Philippines, Latin America, and other parts of the world. The Philippines is a backward semi-feudal, semi-colonial country where labor abuses and exploitation is normal and rampant. Migrant workers are forced to leave their families and communities behind,” continued Rodrigo. “We are calling for an end to family separation in the border and everywhere by ending forced migration and the exploitation of our people.”

NYCHRP supports the calls to abolish ICE and end the separation of families. NYCHRP opposes the violations of the human rights of migrants including asylum seekers and children at the south border of the U.S. and the torture of Jerome Aba, human rights advocate from Mindanao, Philippines. NYCHRP holds monthly general meetings to discuss human rights in the Philippines. Lean more by visiting our Facebook page:


No to Child Imprisonment or Family Separation!

No to Forced Migration!

Stop criminalization of migrants and refugees!

Stop arrest, detention, and deportation of migrants!

Uphold and Implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Migrant Workers and Their Families!

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