SHARE YOUR STORY
The Committee for Immigrant Rights (IRC) is part of the Portland Central America Solidarity Committee (PCASC). Following high numbers of undocumented deportations and waves of local and national raids, the IRC works to promote the elimination of laws against immigrants. We would like to create social awareness of the issues facing our undocumented community. Currently the IRC works with the Advocates for Justice and Dignity (ACT) network to pressure Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton to suspend compliance with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention requests in the county. This is a step in the right direction towards our goal to stop all deportations and end collaboration programs between the police and ICE such as the “Secure Communities” anti-immigration law.
The IRC is composed of undocumented peoples, Latin American allies, and white allies. We practice a horizontal model of community mobilization and seek to encourage building relationships, increase political awareness, and unite people in the struggles of the Latin American immigrant community to overcome racism and anti-immigration policies. We see the struggle for immigrant rights as a part of a broader struggle against the imperialist and capitalist systems that promote the exploitation, displacement, and criminalization of poor communities and communities of color.
We are excited to begin a new project called “Undocumented Voices.” We will gather stories from those in our undocumented community that have experienced discrimination, deportation, or imprisonment. Many undocumented people suffer in silence and live in fear of being deported. With “Undocumented Voices,” we create a space for undocumented members of the community to share their personal family, social, and work experiences. We want to build solidarity in the community and provide emotional support for one another. Uniting our voices strengthens us and gives us the power to fight against anti-immigration laws and educate other communities about these injustices. Currently the IRC is collaborating with ACT network to eliminate the Secure Communities anti-immigration law. This will stop police who detain undocumented immigrants from collaborating with immigration control enforcement officials.
The vision of “Undocumented Voices” is to learn over the course of the project ways to spread the word about these issues with the goal of transforming the current oppressive social system. We are a group of volunteers who welcome every person who is interested to be a part in this project. You can also participate by sharing your story. We respect the privacy of every individual. If you want to share your story but wish that your face or name remain anonymous, we will honor your request. In addition, your consent will be required before we share or publish your story. IRC volunteers will accept stories in written, audio, or video formats. If you are interested to share your story or be a part of our group, please contact Yolanda at <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Thank you!