Fairfax is First County to Pass this Inclusive Policy in the State
Fairfax, Virginia – The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors just adopted the Trust Policy by a vote of 9-1. The Trust Policy, which ends voluntary information sharing and cooperation with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) by all Fairfax agencies including the police, is the first of its kind in Virginia. After four years of tireless advocacy, the grassroots organization ACLU People Power Fairfax and the largest immigrant advocacy organization in the Mid-Atlantic CASA secured this groundbreaking action.
WHAT: Virtual bilingual press conference celebrating passage of Trust Policy in Fairfax County
WHEN: Friday, January 29, 2021, 11 am
WHERE: Videoconference. RSVP for access information
- Chairman Jeff McKay
- Supervisor John Foust
- Supervisor Dalia Palchik
- Steve Descano, Commonwealth’s Attorney
- Nuet Le, a member of ACLU People Power Fairfax, fled Vietnam as a youth with her family to escape the pervasive violence and persecution they faced. She has lived in the United States for 45 years.
- Melvin Mancia, CASA Member. Police have pulled Melvin over many times. He’s been fined and worse yet is when he was taken by police and then handed over to ICE, detained for months. When he got out, he lost his home and his business.
- Yanira Martínez, CASA Member, is a single mother from El Salvador who cleans offices to support her family. She and her family face COVID-19 without health insurance. She has fought for years so that at least now with Trust she has one less thing to worry about as she cares for her children.
- Diane Alejandro, Lead Advocate for ACLU People Power Fairfax
- Luis Aguilar, Virginia State Director, CASA
RSVP: For more information on the actions, please contact Jossie Flor Sapunar, 240-706-2624 call/text, [email protected]
ACLU People Power Fairfax is a grassroots organization that advocates for equal justice for all members of our community including undocumented immigrants, regardless of race or ethnicity. To achieve this goal, we seek to end voluntary cooperation with ICE by local and state governments and to reform practices and policies that support systemic racism. There are over 4,000 People Power volunteers in Fairfax. Our efforts reflect the views of our members, not necessarily those of the ACLU Virginia affiliate. For further information, visit us on Twitter @PeoplePowerFfx and Facebook @peoplepowerffx or by email at [email protected].
With over 100,000 members across the states of Maryland, Virginia, and South Central Pennsylvania, CASA is the largest member-based Latino and immigrant organization in the mid-Atlantic region. CASA organizes with and litigates on behalf of low-wage immigrants. Visit us at www.wearecasa.org and follow us on Twitter at @CASAforall