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UUSC in the News

Recent news coverage of UUSC and our human rights work in the areas of crisis response, displacement, and criminalization.

2019

The Criminalization of Humanitarianism, Keeping Democracy Alive podcast, May 17, 2019
UUSC’s Senior Grassroots Organizer Hannah Hafter speaks to Keeping Democracy Alive host Burt Cohen about the issues at stake with the trial of No More Deaths’ Scott Warren as he faces felony charges for helping migrants in the desert, in contrast to Border Patrol’s callous enforcement methods.

2018

Yorker Volunteers Near Border as Hundreds of Asylum-Seekers Arrive Daily, York Dispatch, November 23, 2018
Inspired by her local Unitarian Universalist congregation and UUSC’s calls to the border, volunteer Carol Stowell of York, Pennsylvania, joined other faith-inspired volunteers at Annunciation House in El Paso, Texas, to assist with the influx of asylum-seekers at the border who are in need of food, shelter, and connections to their friends and family in the United States.

What Is Driving The Honduran Migrant Caravan To The US?, Rising Up with Sonali, October 22, 2018
UUSC’s own Senior Grassroots Organizer Hannah Hafter and Rising Up host Sonali Kolhatkar discuss the reasons behind the Honduran migrant caravan of asylum-seekers fleeing violence and President Trump’s threats to Central American governments as the caravan passes through their countries.

Climate Activists Say Snowy Alaska and Sunny Kiribati Share ‘One Story’ of Climate-Forced Displacement, ABC Radio Australia, October 5, 2018
The First Peoples’ Convening on Climate-Forced Displacement brought together people from communities in Alaska, the Pacific Islands, and more to discuss their shared struggle in preserving their cultures and ways of life in the face of rising sea levels and changing climate.

This Woman Came All The Way to Alaska From the Pacific Islands to Talk About Climate Change, KTOO Public Media, October 3, 2018
Climate-forced displacement threatens low-lying communities across the globe, from the Pacific Islands to Alaska. Pelenise Alofa of Kiribati in the Pacific Islands shares her story of coming to Girdwood, Alaska for the First Peoples’ Convening on Climate-Forced Displacement.

We, Too, Wandered Lost in the Desert; A Rabbi in Solidarity Work with Migrants, Tikkun Daily, August 3, 2018
Today, as we hear increasing reports of migrants risking incarceration, starvation, and death in the deserts along our southwest border, sacred stories from Jewish traditions call out to us with a desperate immediacy.

Arizona Clergy Call Activists To Support Migrants On Border, Associated Press, August 3, 2018
The Sunday gathering comes just a week after the U.S. Border Patrol detained a group of 95 Central Americans, including at least one infant, in the same general area near the border where the heat regularly exceeds 100 degrees during the summer.

No More Deaths Aid Workers Accuse Feds Of Targeting Their Work On Border, The Fronteras Desk, August 2, 2018
Volunteers with UUSC partner No More Deaths have lived in an uneasy coexistence with federal law enforcement since the group started trying to save the lives of undocumented border crossers in the desert almost 15 years ago.

Community Shows Support for Separated Families at Border, Observer, July 2, 2018
A sea of white formed in Washington Park in Dunkirk, N.Y., as people carried signs and sat in quiet solidarity with groups from all over the nation, protesting the separation and detainment of immigrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Mesch to Step Down From Women’s Philanthropy Institute; Other People News, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, May 18, 2018
Mary Katherine Morn, chief development officer at the Unitarian Universalist Association, has been named president and CEO of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.

Trump’s Department Of Homeland Security Is Cruelly Separating Asylum-Seeking Families, HuffPost, March 21, 2018
A 2015 study of Texas family detention centers commissioned by the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee said such separation can cause parents to re-experience past traumas associated with the fear of not being able to protect their children.

U.S. Border Agents Routinely Locking Up Families with Young Children in ‘Freezing Cells’ for Days, Report Says, Newsweek, February 28, 2018
A 2015 report published by the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee identified time in holding cells as the “most difficult and traumatic” period of detention for people apprehended by U.S. immigration authorities.

2017

Boston Immigrants and Supporters Rally as Part of Massive Nationwide Mobilization to Demand Immediate Action from Congress, SAMPAN, December 6, 2017
Immigrants and allies, faith leaders, elected officials rallied at Faneuil Hall on Wednesday, December 6 in solidarity with the massive “DEFEND OUR IMMIGRANT FAMILIES” mobilization taking place the same day in Washington, D.C.

How Can We Combat Wage Theft And Protect Immigrant Workers? Common Dreams, November 27, 2017
Wage theft, which costs America’s low-wage workers an estimated $50 billion each year, comes in different forms.

Seeking Asylum from Credible Fear, UU World, November 1, 2017
After several days as a volunteer Spanish-language translator in a federal detention center in Texas, Judy Elliott thought she could no longer be shocked.