Thursday, November 17, 2011

RGV Abuse Documentation Project

The Rio Grande Valley Equal Voice Network received news yesterday, November 16th, 2011, that the Four Freedoms Fund has awarded the Immigration Working Group a grant of $50,000 to support the working group's activities to counter  border enforcement abuses, as well as seek enforcement administrative and policy reforms. Texas ACLU and Rio Grande Legal Aid have offered valuable assistance in helping us receive these funds.

The Abuse Documentation Project is a borderwide effort to systematically record and analyze abuses suffered at the hands of the Border Patrol and Immigration officials. We aim to leverage this data toward our work on reforming enforcement policies. 

Many of the member organizations have years of experience collecting data around abuse by Border Patrol, most notably Proyecto Libertad, ARISE, LUPE, and Proyecto Juan Diego. This project looks to broaden and coordinate these efforts.