Join TIRRC in Demanding an End to Family Separation and Racial Profiling



Over 3 years ago, Sheriff Daron Hall’s officers shackled me to a hospital bed while I was in labor. I was afraid I would never see my husband or my newborn baby ever again.  Even now, Sheriff Hall and Nashville’s lawyers deny they did anything wrong. Next week, I’m speaking out for myself and other women to tell the truth about Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall and his 287(g) program.  Please join me and the Migrant Women’s Committee to demand an end to Sheriff Hall’s abuses and 287(g)!

Juana Villegas, TIRRC Leader

Juana Villegas, TIRRC Leader and member of the Migrant Women's Committee

On July 3, 2008, a 9-months-pregnant mother named Juana Villegas was pulled over by the Berry Hill Police in Nashville, Tennessee.  Two days later, Juana found herself shackled during labor and denied a breast pump while she was in the custody of the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office under Sheriff Daron Hall. Her shackling was a direct result of Hall’s 287(g) agreement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. But this Thursday, June 14th, Juana and other women and families like hers will boldly and bravely speak out and put the “justice” back into Nashville’s Criminal Justice system.

Join TIRRC at the Downtown Presbyterian Church this Thursday, June 14th at 10:30 a.m. as the Migrant Women’s Committee kicks off a day of action with powerful storytelling about the reality of living under the enforcement regime of 287(g).  Immigrant women and supporters will then march to the Tennessee Supreme Court and rally at the corner of 7th and Charlotte.  We invite you to join us and bear witness inside the chambers of the Tennessee Supreme Court, where legal arguments will be mounted against Sheriff Daron Hall’s brutal 287(g) program.

As a result of his brutal mistreatment and dehumanization of Juana and thousands like her, Sheriff Hall was recently voted into the top 10 of  Immigrant List’s “Hall of Shame,” following Maricopa County’s Joe Arpaio and Arizona Governor Jan Brewer.

This event is co-sponsored by the National Immigration Project and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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One Response to Join TIRRC in Demanding an End to Family Separation and Racial Profiling

  1. Lynne McFarland says:

    We (my husband and I) would like to help out when the UndocuBus comes to Nashville (don’t know what day that is anticipated to be–saw the editorial in the NYT today). If there is a local (Nashville) group organizing food/lodging, etc., please let me know how to connect up. His cell phone is (615) 593-7569.

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