Press Releases

Viernes, Septiembre 18, 2015

Texas Latinas to Rally Against Arrest of Blanca Borrego

Press Release
Washington
loretta Kane, Camino Public Relations Phone: 917.410.7242 Email: lk@caminopr.org

Activists gather at clinic's headquarters to demand policy change

HOUSTON, TX — The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) responded swiftly to news of the arrest of Blanca Borrego, a Latina mom and undocumented woman, in Northeast Women's Healthcare clinic in Atascocita, Texas. Borrego had been sitting in the waiting room for nearly two hours when staff called her into an exam room, where she was met by Harris County Sheriff’s deputies, who arrested her for allegedly using a false ID and handcuffed her in front of her daughters. Her daughters now fear their mother's deportation and their family torn apart.​

On Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., activists with the Texas Latina Advocacy Network, NLIRH's advocacy team in Texas, will gather outside of the Memorial Hermann clinic headquarters, located at 921 Gessner Road Houston, TX 77024, to demand a change to their policies.​

Lucy Félix, Texas Latina Advocacy Network (TX LAN) Senior Field Coordinator for NLIRH, stated, “No Texan should be afraid to visit their healthcare provider for fear of arrest or deportation. While we understand from our colleagues at Texas Organizing Project that on Thursday, leadership from Memorial Hermann made commitments to revisit their policies, we are still demanding a public statement from Memorial Hermann outlining how they will ensure their patients will be safe and can receive the care they need — regardless of their immigration status."​

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The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health is the only national reproductive justice organization dedicated to building Latina power to advance health, dignity, and justice for 26 million Latinas, their families, and communities in the United States through leadership development, community mobilization, policy advocacy, and strategic communications.