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 protect activists from government retaliation. Maru and the Colectivo de Detenidos of the Northwest Detention Center were recipients of the 2014 Seattle Human R ghts Award . The SeattleHuman Rights Commission applauds Maru’s commitment and bravery to stand for truth in the face of intimidation and threats by this administration. Therefore , we demand the immediate retraction of these deportation threats made by ICE.