Amnesty International press conference on the criminalization of humanitarian aid work

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07/02/2019 - 10:00am
07/02/2019 - 11:00am
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Amnesty International USA staff will hold a press conference at the San Ysidro port of entry at 10 a.m. sharp on July 2nd to launch their latest report "Saving Lives Is Not a Crime: Politically Motivated Legal Harassment of Migrant Human Rights Defenders by the USA". The press conference will feature the following speakers: Erika Guevara Rosas (Americas director, Amnesty International); Brian Griffey (researcher and report author, Amnesty International); Erika Pinheiro (co-director, Al Otro Lado); Hugo Castro (board member, Border Angels). AI would love to have you join them to hear the speakers.

The exact location of the press conference is here:

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Point of contact: Alli McCracken Jarrar, (860) 575-5692

In 2018 and 2019, Amnesty International has found that the US government has conducted an unlawful and politically motivated campaign of intimidation, threats, harassment, and criminal investigations against people who defend the human rights of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers (“migrant human rights defenders”) on the US–Mexico border. Rather than recognizing the importance of their legitimate work, and listening to them, authorities are increasingly treating human rights defenders as troublemakers, and even criminals.

On July 2, 2019, Amnesty International will publish a report exposing the human rights violations against human rights defenders working at the US-Mexico border, and launch a corresponding campaign for the global movement to uplift and protect defenders so that they are able to continue doing their necessary and life-saving work. On the same day, Dr. Scott Warren will be back in court in Tucson, as federal prosecutors announce whether or not they plan to prosecute Dr. Warren for a second time, following a mistrial on June 11 when two thirds of jurors sought to acquit him.