Urgent Action: Mother and son separated by border authorities

In March, Valquiria, a 39-year-old woman (US immigration case file no. ###-###-418) and her seven-year-old son fled Brazil and requested protection at the US–Mexico border in El Paso, Texas. Valquiria said that she received repeated death threats from drug traffickers who said they would kill her and her son no matter where they fled to in Brazil. On 17 March, after one night together in detention, US border authorities forcibly separated them without giving any reason, and transferred Valquiria to a detention facility called El Paso Processing Center.


Take action

Please write immediately in English or your own language to US authorities:

  • Urging them to immediately grant Valquiria humanitarian parole while she awaits the decision on her asylum claim appeal, as parole should be granted for humanitarian reasons where the person does not pose a threat to public safety and presents no flight risk;
  • Calling on them to provide psychosocial support to Valquiria and her son, to help them recover from the trauma experienced from their unlawful family separation;
  • Calling on them to ensure asylum seekers are only detained when necessary and proportionate in the individual case, and to grant humanitarian parole to all asylum seekers whenever possible.



ICE Field Office Director

Marc Moore

Ice Enforcement & Removal Operations, El Paso Field Office

11541 Montana Ave Suite E

El Paso, TX, 79936, USA

Email: Marc.J.Moore@ice.dhs.gov

Salutation: Mr. Moore


Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Cameron Quinn

US Department of Homeland Security

Building 410, Mail Stop #0190

Washington, DC 20528, USA

Email: crcl@dhs.go

Salutation: Mr. Quinn


And copies to:

(Acting) ICE Director

Ronald D. Vitiello

Immigration and Customs Enforcement

500 12th St SW, Washington DC 20536

Email: ronald.d.vitiello@ice.dhs.gov



Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.

HIS EXCELLENCY WOODY JOHNSON, U.S. Embassy London, 33 Nine Elms Lane, SW11 7US, Phone: (0)20 7499-9000


Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date.








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