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Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical, Muslim, and Jewish Women Cry Out: Stop Tearing Families Apart


June 18, 2018


Michelle Nealy, mnealy@faithinpubliclife.org, (202)735-7123

Sara Benitez, sbenitez@faithinpubliclife.org, (202)280-9284

Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical, Muslim, and Jewish Women Cry Out: Stop Tearing Families Apart

Over 100 women of faith to hold rally and prayer vigil in front of Customs and Border Protection Headquarters

Washington, D.C. —  On Tuesday, June 19th at 11 a.m., Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, and Jewish women of faith will gather at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection headquarters to pray and to tell the Trump administration to halt its brutal policy of tearing children away from their parents at the border.

Over 5,000 women of faith have signed an open letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen demanding a complete stop to the recently publicized practice of Customs and Border Protection officers ripping children out of their parents’ arms and holding them in detention centers.


Women of Faith Cry Out to Keep Families Together Prayer Vigil


Tuesday, June 19th, at 11:00 a.m.


U.S. Customs and Border Protection headquarters, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC


Rev. Jennifer Butler, CEO, Faith in Public Life

Rev. Leslie Copeland Tune, Senior Director, Ecumenical Advocacy Days

Rev. Dawn Sanders, CEO/Founder, Pioneer Learning International

Rabbi Esther Lederman, Board Member, T’ruah

Barbara Weinstein, Associate Director, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC)

Nikki Toyama-Szeto, Executive Director, Evangelicals for Social Action

Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde, Episcopal Diocese of Washington

Marlena Graves, Christian writer

Khadija Gurnah, Campaign Director, MomsRising

Pastor Sandra Maria Van Opstal, Grace + Peace Church

Sr. Ann Scholz, SSND, PhD, Associate Director of Social Mission, Leadership Conference of Women Religious

Bishop Jane Allen Middleton, United Methodist Church

Rev. Michele Morgan, Rector, St Mark’s Episcopal Capitol Hill


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