June 6th, 2014
9:00am – Court Hearing, 232nd, 16th floor, Public
11:00am – Press Conference and Rally
Harris County District Attorney
1201 Franklin Street
Too often, we hear it said in our community, “if they are in a detention center, it must be for a good reason.” Not often enough do we ask ourselves, why are they being detained and do they really deserve it?
“They did it to themselves.” These are often the words that family members hear when they go to ask for help for their loved ones when they are detained or being deported. However, once we begin to dig into the actual working of the system, we realize that there are many steps to the deportation pipeline and the first step is often the poor assistance of counsel and the raw deals that immigrants get from the District Attorney’s office.
That is the situation that Pastor David Vasquez finds himself in as well as thousands of documented and undocumented immigrants who face this issue every year when they are stopped and arrested for minor charges.
Join the family of Mr. Vasquez and supporters of both criminal justice and immigrant rights as they gather outside the office of the Harris County District Attorney and call for the respect of the constitutional rights of not only Mr. Vasquez but all immigrants who face deportation or detention due to minor criminal charges. It is time for the immigrant rights community to drop the shame and self-blame for not being able to afford good lawyers, and instead close the gap between the fight for “criminal justice” and the fight for “immigrant rights.”
Pastor Vasquez is a civil and human rights leader who took part in a mass hunger strike at Joe Corley Detention Center last march and is still working with men at the detention center. He is currently attempting to reopen his case with the District Attorney in order to receive a chance at a fair trial.
It is not too late to sign the petition for Pastor Vasquez:
Also please CALL IN to voice your support of Pastor David Vasquez:
1. Call Texas State Senator Sylvia Garcia: (713) 923-7575
2. Call Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis: (713) 236-0306
Suggested call script: “Hello. I am calling in support of Mr. David Vasquez and to urge your office to take action to help stop his deportation. Mr. Vasquez is a victim of inadequate assistance of counsel from his previous attorney and is now trying to reopen his case. Thousands of immigrants suffer from this every year and they need the support of our political leaders in order to protect their right to due process and a fair trial. As a concerned member of our community, can I count on your office to make a call and write a letter to the Harris County District Attorney to support Mr. Vasquez’ motion to reopen his case?”
3. Call the office of Texas State Senator John Whitmire: (713) 864-8701
Suggested call script: “Hello, I am calling in support of Mr. David Vasquez to thank you for the work your office has done to call attention to his case. I am also calling to urge the Senator’s office to take leadership in helping him re-open his case. Mr. Vasquez is a victim of inadequate assistance of counsel from his previous attorney and is now trying to reopen his case. Thousands of immigrants suffer from this every year and they need the support of our political leaders in order to protect their right to due process and a fair trial. As a concerned member of our community, can I count on Senator Whitmire to take a leadership role in supporting the case of Pastor David Vasquez as well as the right of immigrants to a fair and just trial?”