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Chicago Police Department Abuse Threatens Immigrant Safety

Posted by Admin On March - 19 - 2018

From: PASO – West Suburban Action Project 

A Press conference and rally in support of Gabriel Solache and Arturo de Leon Reyes, bothvictims of wrongful imprisonment and police torture facing deportation by Immigration andCustoms Enforcement (ICE). Mr. Solache and Mr. Reyes are requesting that the Chicago PoliceDepartment and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office sign U visa certifications on their behalf stating the fact that they are victims of abuse at the hands of the Chicago PoliceDepartment.

The event will be held Monday, March 19, 2018, 10:00 AM, at the Thompson Center, 100 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601

Gabriel Solache , victim of police abuse recently exonerated for a crime he did notcommit after spending nearly 20 years in prison. Vân Huynh , Mr. Solache’s attorney, PASO -West Suburban Action Project. Karen Daniels , Mr. Solache’s post-conviction relief attorney,Center on Wrongful Convictions of Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. Mecole Jordan ,Executive Director, United Congress for Community & Religious Organizations.

Mr. Solache and Mr. Reyes were exonerated after having been wrongfully convicted andserving nearly 20 years in prison. They will be filing requests with Chicago Police Departmentand the Cook County State’s Attorney’s for U visa certifications. U visas are available for victimsof certain violent crimes and the certification is one of the many requirements to apply forprotection from deportation. Groups call on Chicago Police Department and Cook CountyState’s Attorney’s office to sign U visa certification requests on behalf of two immigrants facingdeportation as a result of police abuse and torture.

PASO – West Suburban Action Project (Proyecto de Acción de los Suburbios del Oeste) is a community-based socialjustice organization that works to engage community members to address issues that affect them, their families, and neighbors with the mission to build stronger communities where all residents can live dignified lives regardless of their race, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic or immigration status.
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