• Seattle HRC

Statement on the ICE Attempt to Silence Maru Mora Villalpando

Updated: Feb 19, 2019

The Seattle Human Rights Commission is deeply disturbed and alarmed by the deliberate

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​attempt of this administration and ICE agents to silence Maru Mora Villalpando by attempting

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​to deport her from the United States. Maru has been a leading activist against human rights

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​violations taking place at the Northwest Detention Center and has submitted official complaints

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​to the UN and international human rights bodies. Her tireless work has clearly made an impact

​​​​​​​​and has drawn a cruel retaliation from the Trump administration.


This month, as we celebrate the work and life of Martin Luther King Jr., let us remember that

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​our nation has a disturbing history of persecuting and targeting activists striving for equality and

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​fighting to protect the rights of all people. Maru is one of many human rights leaders who have

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​been targeted by ICE over the past few months in an escalating campaign to silence and

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​suppress the voices opposing the callous anti-immigration actions of this administration.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ In 2012, the City of Seattle declared itself a Human Rights City, committing itself to protect,

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​respect and fulfill the full range of human rights inherent to all. These duties,set forth in the

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights treaties, impel us to protec​t ​activis​t​s from​ g​overnme​n​t re​t​al​i​ation​. ​Maru a​n​d th​​e Colec​​tivo de ​​Detenidos​ ​of t​h​e Northwest D​etenti​o​n Cen​​ter wer​e​ recipient​s​ of the ​2​014​ S​eattle H​​uman R​ ​gh​t​s Award​ ​. Th​​e Seattle​H​um​a​n Right​s ​Comm​i​ssion ap​p​lauds M​​aru’s commitm​​ent and​ ​bra​v​e​r​y to​ ​stan​d​ for truth in the face of​ ​inti​m​idat​ion an​​d th​reats by​ ​th​​is adminis​​tration. Th​er​e​fore​ , we demand the immediate retraction of these deportation threats made by ICE.

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