A Statement from Brenda Victoria Castillo, President & CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC)
This week, as we begin our 2020 celebration of Latinx people, culture, resilience, and achievements, the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has been exposed for performing a high rate of alleged forced sterilization of migrant women in its detention centers. We are repulsed by and condemn any act of genocide against women in our country. NHMC asks that the United Nations steps in and investigates these crimes against humanity. This act of injustice goes beyond this country.
Forced sterilization is a dehumanization tactic long used by oppressive authorities to silence the most marginalized in our communities. It has a long history in the United States of America. We all must collectively stand up to protect the dignity and health of the immigrant community, particularly for those who are trapped in the unjust system and conditions orchestrated by the Trump Administration. The United States, a country built on the backs of immigrants who are involuntarily having their lives and futures physically altered, should be a country that, in the very least, prevents and rejects genocidal human rights practices.
NHMC joins Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s call for a full Congressional investigation, and additionally calls for the immediate suspension of all medical licenses involved, and the immediate resignation of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Chad Wolf and ICE Director Tony Pham.
Yours in the Movement,
Brenda Victoria Castillo
President & CEO
National Hispanic Media Coalition