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CONTACT FERNANDA DURAND
Communications Manager – CASA
WHAT: PRESS CONFERENCE
WHERE: PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE NW (INTERSECTION OF 16TH AVE) WHITE HOUSE
WHEN: 11 a.m. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2016
WHO: CASA, ECUADORIAN COMMUNITY
Ecuadorian Community Demands Temporary Refugee Status for Earthquake Victims
Washington, D.C.,_ CASA and the Ecuadorian community will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. Wednesday to ask President Barack Obama to grant TPS (Temporary Protected Status) for victims of Ecuador’s worst earthquake in decades.
The 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook the western part of the country April 16 killing more than 600 people and leaving thousands injured and homeless.
“At such difficult times, we must stand with our Latin American brothers and sisters and demand that they not be sent back to a country where it is unsafe for them to return,” said CASA’s Executive Director Gustavo Torres. “It is a question of common sense.”
The earthquake _ the strongest in Latin America in the last two decades_ destroyed the basic infrastructure of many areas in two western provinces by damaging water systems, knocking down power lines and destroying highways and buildings.
“We are only asking the President to make good on his promise to the people of Ecuador,” Torres said. President Obama called Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa on April 16 to express his condolences and promised to do all he could to support Ecuador’s recovery.
A statute created by Congress grants the President power to grant TPS to victims of dire circumstances in foreign countries and prevent them from being deported to an unstable situation in their home country.
CASA will be joined by leaders of the Ecuadorian community of the Metro DC area and faith leaders who will lead the group in a prayer circle.
CASA is the foremost Latino and immigrant organization in the mid-Atlantic region and a national leader in building power and improving the quality of life in low-income Latino and immigrant communities. Its vision is for a future in which diverse and thriving communities live free from discrimination and fear, and work together with mutual respect to achieve full human rights for all. Over its 30-year history CASA has established itself as a strong national leader in innovations for Latino and immigrant-focused services, and backbone organization for collective impact involving community-based, government and private partners.