The Time is NOW: Unlock the Future for Women and Girls in Immigration Prisons 

HOUSTON, TEXAS – Immigrant families are being inhumanely locked away in horrific and immoral detention facilities in Texas 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 also be free from physical and sexual abuse, strip searches by guards, invasive 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 hosting an “Unlock the Future” campaign rally in Houston. 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: 

  • U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Representative for the 18th District of Texas 
  • U.S. Congressman Al Green, Representative for the 9th District of Texas 
  • Ruby Powers, Immigration lawyer and human rights activist 
  • Tia Oso, International Activist and Strategist for BLD PWR Initiative
  • Amy Hinojosa, President and CEO, MANA, A National Latina Organization
  • Frances “Poppy” Northcutt, Texas NOW president; first female engineer to work in NASA’s Mission Control 
  • Andrea Fernandez, NOW-Austin chair; and
  • Additional speakers to be announced.

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

Where: Hobby Family Pavilion at The Water Works – Buffalo Bayou Park 

105 Sabine St. 

Houston, TX 77007 

(Cross streets to Amphitheatre and lawn – Memorial and Sabine Parking lot across from the lawn – City Lot H) 

Facebook Livestream: 

WhenSunday, Nov. 17th, 2019; 1:00pm Central.  

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

Media Contact: For more information, contact  


Unlock the Future Co-Sponsors: 

National Partners

African Communities Public Health Coalition

Association of World Citizens

Black Women’s Blueprint



Catholics for Choice

Dolores Huerta Foundation

Families Belong Together

Feminist Majority Political Action Committee

First Church UCC

Go With The Flow

Immigrant Families Together

Justice for Migrant Women

Legal Momentum




PERIOD. The Menstrual Movement

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

Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice

Sister Song

The Global Women’s Institute

The Peace Alliance




Local and State Partners

California Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo (AD-51)

Border Angels

California NOW

Field Team 6

Heart of LA Democratic Club

Hollywood NOW

LEAN IN San Diego

NOW San Gabriel Valley

Planned Parenthood Generation Action at UC San Diego

Riverside County NOW

San Diego Area NOW

California Senator Pro Temp Toni Atkins

Stonewall Democratic Club

The Strategic Insights Group

Women’s March California

Women’s March San Diego

Houston Youth Alliance (HYA)

Houston Area NOW

Texas NOW

Arizona Federation of Democratic Women (AFDW)

Arizona NOW

AZ Celebrates the 19th Amendment.

Central Phoenix • Inez Casiano NOW

Handmaids’ Resistance Phoenix

National Council of Jewish Women (NCJWAZ)

Women’s March Phoenix

Direct Support for Immigrants

S K Burt Law

The Outrage

Central New York NOW

Charlottesville NOW

Nevada NOW

Southwest Idaho NOW

Utah NOW

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




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