Mahalaya: “Filipinx activism and the fight to keep families together”

Maria Legarda, a Filipina community and faith leader, looked back at the Central California Women’s Facility, a place she had called home for 14 years. At last, she could reunite with her family and begin a new chapter of her life. But what was meant to be a celebration became the beginning of a different fight and journey… She never made it home. Instead, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials escorted Legarda into a van, immediately transferred her to San Bernardino County Adelanto Detention Facility, and detained her for 11 months… Organizations such as the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity (IM4HI) and its newest collective, Kasama Ng Kalayaan, provide spaces for healing to community members directly impacted by policies and practices that make up the U.S. carceral and immigration systems…

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