Media Advisory- Coalition Demands: Unlock the Future for Women and Girls in Immigration Prisons 

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – Immigrant families are being inhumanely locked away in horrific and immoral detention facilities in Southern California and around the nation and women and girls are suffering the most. Those fleeing to the U.S. are often seeking refuge from sexual violence, assault and poverty and they deserve a fair and humane immigration process. If they are to be held in these prisons, at a minimum, we have an obligation to give them access to vital human needs such as reproductive health care, feminine hygiene products and mental health care, among other provisions. They must be free from physical and sexual abuse, strip searches by guardsinvasive personal and intimate questioning and tracking of their periods by U.S. government officials. 

The National Organization for Women (NOW), in collaboration with our coalition partners listed below, are launching the “Unlock the Future” campaign with our first rally in San Diego. We are also issuing a Bill of Rightsthat will be delivered to top level government officials and launching an #UnlockTheFuture social media campaign. 

Rally details include: 

Who:Joining NOW President Toni Van Pelt and Vice President Christian F. Nunes will be:

  • Dolores Huerta, Labor, Civil Rights and Feminist Icon; Co-founder, National Farm Workers Association and Founder, Dolores Huerta Foundation 
  • Tia OsoInternational Activist and Strategist for BLD PWR Initiative  
  • Justine Gonzalez, Former President of the City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission and LGBTQ Advocate and Community Engagement Strategist 
  • Local entertainer Rose Mac and other speakers to be announced.  

 What: “Unlock the Future” Rally to demand humane treatment for the women and girls held in immoral immigration prisons. 

Where: Larsen Field at the Cesar Chavez Recreation Center, 455 Sycamore Rd, San Ysidro, 92173  

 When: Oct. 6th, 2019; 12:00pm Pacific.  

 More information: Visit our websiteread our Bill of Rights or visit our Facebook Event Page.  

Media Contact: For more information, contact  


Unlock the Future Co-Sponsors: 

National Partners 

Dolores Huerta Foundation 

Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) 

Feminist Majority Political Action Committee 



Catholics for Choice 

The Outrage 


Go With The Flow  

First Church UCC  

Legal Momentum  

S K Burt Law  

Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice 

Direct Support for Immigrants  

Sister Song  

African Coalition  


Black women’s blueprint  


The Global Women’s Institute 

PERIOD. The Menstrual Movement 

San Diego Partners 

California NOW 

Hollywood NOW 

San Diego Area NOW  

Senator Pro Temp Toni Atkins  

Heart of LA Democratic Club 

Field Team 6 

Stonewall Democratic Club 

Women’s March California 

Women’s March San Diego 

The Strategic Insights Group

And additional sponsors to be announced  

For a full list of Unlock the Future Partners, please see our Bill of Rights.  


Contact: Kimberly Hayes, Press Secretary,, 202-570-4745