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    <span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Cambria;font-size:12pt;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:transparent">January 16, 2018</span><br>
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                style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:Cambria;color:rgb(0,0,0);background-color:transparent;font-variant-numeric:normal;font-variant-east-asian:normal;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">Contacts: </span></p>
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                style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:Cambria;color:rgb(0,0,0);background-color:transparent;font-variant-numeric:normal;font-variant-east-asian:normal;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">Maru Mora-Villalpando, targeted activist, <a href="mailto:maru@latinoadvocacy.org" target="_blank" moz-do-not-send="true">maru@latinoadvocacy.org</a></span></p>
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                style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:Cambria;color:rgb(0,0,0);background-color:transparent;font-variant-numeric:normal;font-variant-east-asian:normal;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">Tania Unzueta, Mijente, <a href="mailto:tania@mijente.net" target="_blank" moz-do-not-send="true">tania@mijente.net</a></span></p>
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                style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:Cambria;color:rgb(0,0,0);background-color:transparent;font-variant-numeric:normal;font-variant-east-asian:normal;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">Angélica Cházaro, NWDC Resistance,  <a href="mailto:achazaro@gmail.com" target="_blank" moz-do-not-send="true">achazaro@gmail.com</a></span></p>
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                style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:Cambria;color:rgb(0,0,0);background-color:transparent;font-variant-numeric:normal;font-variant-east-asian:normal;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">    </span></p>
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style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;text-align:center"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:Cambria;color:rgb(0,0,0);background-color:transparent;font-style:italic;font-variant-numeric:normal;font-variant-east-asian:normal;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">The recent deportation notice filed against Washington-based immigrant rights activist and mother, Maru Mora-Villalpando, is a clear sign that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is turning into Trump’s secret police and silencing immigrants who fight back.</span></p>
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style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;text-align:center"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"Times New Roman";color:rgb(0,0,0);background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;font-variant-numeric:normal;font-variant-east-asian:normal;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">Press Conference Tuesday, January 16 at 9 a.m. at <a href="https://maps.google.com/?q=1000+2nd+Ave,+Seattle,+WA&entry=gmail&source=g" moz-do-not-send="true">1000 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA</a></span></p>
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                style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:Cambria;color:rgb(0,0,0);background-color:transparent;font-variant-numeric:normal;font-variant-east-asian:normal;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">Seattle, WA -- The Seattle office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has served a “Notice to Appear,” otherwise known as a deportation notice, to Washington-based community activist and mother, </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:Cambria;color:rgb(0,0,0);background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;font-variant-numeric:normal;font-variant-east-asian:normal;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">Maru Mora-Villalpando. </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:Cambria;color:rgb(0,0,0);background-color:transparent;font-variant-numeric:normal;font-variant-east-asian:normal;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">On Tuesday morning, Mora Villalpando and her supporters will announce the launch of efforts to fight her deportation and bring to light ICE’s threatening actions. </span></p>
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                style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:Cambria;color:rgb(0,0,0);background-color:transparent;font-variant-numeric:normal;font-variant-east-asian:normal;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">Mora-Villalpando, who has been called a “</span><a
href="https://southseattleemerald.com/2015/12/02/more-than-undocumented-modern-day-freedom-fighter-maru-mora-villapando/"
                  target="_blank" moz-do-not-send="true"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:Cambria;background-color:transparent;font-variant-numeric:normal;font-variant-east-asian:normal;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">modern-day freedom fighter</span></a><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:Cambria;color:rgb(0,0,0);background-color:transparent;font-variant-numeric:normal;font-variant-east-asian:normal;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">,” leads </span><a
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                  moz-do-not-send="true"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:Cambria;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;font-variant-numeric:normal;font-variant-east-asian:normal;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">Northwest Detention Center Resistance</span></a><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:Cambria;color:rgb(0,0,0);background-color:transparent;font-variant-numeric:normal;font-variant-east-asian:normal;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap"> (NWDCR), an organization that was co-founded when immigrants held at the Northwest Detention Center began a series of hunger strikes in 2014 protesting their inhumane treatment. Since then, Mora-Villalpando has continued to </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:Cambria;color:rgb(17,17,17);background-color:transparent;font-variant-numeric:normal;font-variant-east-asian:normal;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">support and amplify the organizing efforts against ICE and the GEO Group (the private contractor that operates the ICE facility, the West Coast’s largest) </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"Times New Roman";color:rgb(0,0,0);background-color:transparent;font-variant-numeric:normal;font-variant-east-asian:normal;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">from within the Northwest Detention Center. Buoyed by the support efforts of Mora-Villalpando and the NWDCR, people detained continue their struggle to be heard and demand justice, with  nine hunger strikes at the NWDC between April and November of last year alone. </span></p>
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                style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:Cambria;color:rgb(17,17,17);background-color:transparent;font-variant-numeric:normal;font-variant-east-asian:normal;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">Government officials have been forced to take notice; two of Washington State's congress people have introduced federal legislation to reform detention, and Washington State's attorney general has sued the GEO Group, the private prison corporation that owns and runs the Northwest Detention Center alongside ICE, citing the hunger strikes as inspiration. Mora-Villalpando’s efforts have transformed the NWDC from an ignored facility in an out-of-the-way location to a key site of local resistance, with weekly rallies and vigils outside its gates.</span></p>
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                style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:Cambria;color:rgb(17,17,17);background-color:transparent;font-variant-numeric:normal;font-variant-east-asian:normal;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">Now, in an unprecedented and arbitrary act of retaliation ICE has chosen to target Mora-Villalpando directly, serving her suddenly with deportation papers. </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:Cambria;color:rgb(0,0,0);background-color:transparent;font-variant-numeric:normal;font-variant-east-asian:normal;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">Immigrant rights organizers point to the targeting of Mora-Villalpando as a sign that ICE has gone beyond seeking to enforce the immigration laws. ICE is now purposely targeting people such as Mora-Villalpando who are organizing against the agency and the Trump administration’s racially-motivated deportation agenda.  “ICE only knows about me because of my political work,” explains Mora-Villalpando. “</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:Cambria;color:rgb(17,17,17);background-color:transparent;font-variant-numeric:normal;font-variant-east-asian:normal;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">I have spoken out to defend immigrants in detention and </span><a
href="http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2015/11/living-under-threat-of-deportation.html"
                  target="_blank" moz-do-not-send="true"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:Cambria;background-color:transparent;font-variant-numeric:normal;font-variant-east-asian:normal;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">shared my story as an undocumented mother</span></a><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:Cambria;color:rgb(17,17,17);background-color:transparent;font-variant-numeric:normal;font-variant-east-asian:normal;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">. I have sat in meetings with immigration officials and challenged their practices. They are an agency whose actions have already been devastating to my community. But with the letter they delivered to my house, they are showing themselves to be an agency that silences any opposition to their practices,” she concluded.</span></p>
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                style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:Cambria;color:rgb(17,17,17);background-color:transparent;font-variant-numeric:normal;font-variant-east-asian:normal;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">This is not the first time the Seattle ICE Field Office targets immigrants who speak out. Just this past December the </span><a
href="https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/ice-tracks-down-immigrant-who-spoke-to-media-in-sw-washington-you-are-the-one-from-the-newspaper/"
                  target="_blank" moz-do-not-send="true"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:Cambria;background-color:transparent;font-variant-numeric:normal;font-variant-east-asian:normal;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">Seattle Times reported</span></a><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:Cambria;color:rgb(17,17,17);background-color:transparent;font-variant-numeric:normal;font-variant-east-asian:normal;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap"> that one of their interviewees, Baltazar Aburto Gutierrez, was detained by ICE agents who cited his recent appearance in that newspaper. Other activists across the country have also been targeted by the federal agency, including </span><a
href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/12/nyregion/immigration-activist-deportation.html"
                  target="_blank" moz-do-not-send="true"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:Cambria;background-color:transparent;font-variant-numeric:normal;font-variant-east-asian:normal;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">Ravi Ragbir and Jean Montrevil</span></a><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:Cambria;color:rgb(17,17,17);background-color:transparent;font-variant-numeric:normal;font-variant-east-asian:normal;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">, two leaders in New York’s immigrant rights advocacy community.  </span></p>
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                style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:Cambria;color:rgb(17,17,17);background-color:transparent;font-variant-numeric:normal;font-variant-east-asian:normal;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">Tuesday’s press conference will also announce the filing of a series of Freedom of Information Act requests by the University of Washington’s Center for Human Rights to reveal </span><a
href="https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/times-watchdog/washington-state-regularly-gives-drivers-info-to-immigration-authorities-inslee-orders-temporary-halt/"
                  target="_blank" moz-do-not-send="true"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:Cambria;background-color:transparent;font-variant-numeric:normal;font-variant-east-asian:normal;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">the extent of the collaboration </span></a><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:Cambria;color:rgb(17,17,17);background-color:transparent;font-variant-numeric:normal;font-variant-east-asian:normal;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">between the Washington State Department of Licensing and ICE, which may have led to ICE obtaining Mora-Villalpando’s home address and other personal information. </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:Cambria;color:rgb(17,17,17);background-color:transparent;font-variant-numeric:normal;font-variant-east-asian:normal;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">

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                style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:Cambria;color:rgb(17,17,17);background-color:transparent;font-variant-numeric:normal;font-variant-east-asian:normal;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">“We will not allow ICE to deport Maru. Not only because we value her, but because we cannot allow a government agency that is already cruel and damaging to our communities to also silence our stories and deter our organizing,” explained </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:Cambria;color:rgb(17,17,17);background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;font-variant-numeric:normal;font-variant-east-asian:normal;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">Tania Unzueta</span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:Cambria;color:rgb(17,17,17);background-color:transparent;font-variant-numeric:normal;font-variant-east-asian:normal;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">, Mijente Policy Director, and one of the </span><a
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                  target="_blank" moz-do-not-send="true"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:Cambria;background-color:transparent;font-variant-numeric:normal;font-variant-east-asian:normal;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">first undocumented organizers </span></a><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:Cambria;color:rgb(17,17,17);background-color:transparent;font-variant-numeric:normal;font-variant-east-asian:normal;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">to start the “coming out of the shadows” strategy that undocumented youth became known for in 2010. “It is clear that Maru’s deportation notice is part of a </span><a
href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/15/opinion/black-identity-extremism-fbi-trump.html"
                  target="_blank" moz-do-not-send="true"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:Cambria;background-color:transparent;font-variant-numeric:normal;font-variant-east-asian:normal;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">Trump agenda that punishes </span></a><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:Cambria;color:rgb(17,17,17);background-color:transparent;font-variant-numeric:normal;font-variant-east-asian:normal;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">people who oppose it. We are marking the moment in time when ICE agents are becoming Trump’s police force and </span><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:Cambria;color:rgb(0,0,0);background-color:transparent;font-variant-numeric:normal;font-variant-east-asian:normal;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">targeting voices that counter their agenda,” she concluded. </span></p>
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                style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:Cambria;color:rgb(0,0,0);background-color:transparent;font-variant-numeric:normal;font-variant-east-asian:normal;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">Mora-Villalpando has lived in the U.S. for over 25 years. She lives with her daughter, Josefina, who is a U.S. citizen, near Seattle, Washington. In addition to working with NWDC Resistance she is a founding member of the national Latinx organization, Mijente. </span></p>
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