May 28th, 2013
Contact: Ricardo Favela (760) 659-3620
What: Press conference with the family of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas and supporters to mark 3 years since border agents brutally beat and killed Anastasio Hernandez Rojas, and to heighten the call for justice, oversight, and accountability.
Who: Maria Puga, widow of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas, Christian Ramirez (Director of Human Rights at Alliance San Diego and Southern Border Communities Coalition Director), Adriana Jasso (Interim Director, San Diego Office of the American Friends Service Committee), Pedro Rios (Chairperson, San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium), Rabbi Laurie Coskey (Executive Director, Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice)
When: 10:30 AM, Wednesday, May 29
Where: Alliance San Diego Office, 3750 30th St. San Diego, CA 92104
Visuals: Press Kit
Live Stream: Watch the live stream here.
San Diego: This week marks 3 years since longtime San Diego resident and father, Anastasio Hernandez Rojas, was brutally beaten and killed by over a dozen border agents at the San Ysidro Port-of-Entry. This tragic event and Anastasio’s calls for help were video-recorded with cell phone cameras by passersby. The most damaging video was released two years after the incident and aired nationally on PBS’ Need to Know, which brought national attention to the brutality and lack of accountability within Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which houses Border Patrol.
In light of the current immigration reform debate happening in Congress, Anastasio’s family and members of the Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC) will make joint statements reflecting on what this incident has inspired: a congressional inquiry, a federal grand jury investigation, and now legislative proposals to better train agents and hold them accountable for excessive use of force. They will reflect on what remains to be done to achieve justice for Anastasio Hernandez Rojas and the many others who have been victimized by border agents, and to ensure that the culture of impunity within Border Patrol and CBP ends.
In addition to a press conference tomorrow, a candlelight vigil will be held on Friday, May 31 at 6:30 PM at the San Ysidro Port-of-Entry. The following week, a border-wide delegation from the SBCC will travel to D.C. to meet with Members of Congress in the House of Representatives and the Senate to seek support for immigration reform provisions that increase training, oversight and accountability of border agents.