Support Patricia Okoumou

 

Monday, March 18, 2019

Human Rights Defender Patricia Okoumou stood up for migrant children by climbing the Statue of Liberty to bring attention to the US government policy of family separation and mistreatment of children at the border.

Now Patricia faces her own fight as the government wants to put her in jail.

Patricia will be in court on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 8:00am at 500 Pearl Street in Manhattan. If you are nearby, come pack the courthouse to show that human rights defenders should not get jail time!

The USHRN will continue to update this story on our website. Please come back to this page for updates.

 

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Many remember Patricia Okoumou from the protest where she climbed the Statue of Liberty to dramatize the incarceration of immigrant children coming to the US from across South and Central America [1]. Now, this Human Rights Defender and member of the US Human Rights Network, needs your support.

After climbing the Statue of Liberty during a July 4, 2018 protest, Patricia was arrested and charged. In December 2018, Patricia was found guilty of several charges, but has continued her defense of human rights as she awaits her March 5 sentencing date.

For Valentine's Day 2019, Patricia raised money and traveled to Texas to deliver cards and visit children incarcerated by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). While there, Patricia scaled the Austin headquarters of a non-profit organization that runs multiple detention centers for undocumented migrant children [2].

On the basis of that act, prosecutors are seeking to revoke Patricia's bail and send her immediately to prison.

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders is actively sounding the alarm: Human Rights Defenders are increasingly under attack by governments that violate human rights. Patricia's case is important to all of us because she is defending our human rights, but instead of ending the violations, the government is retaliating against Patricia and others.

The US Human Rights Network is calling on everyone who cherishes human rights to stand up and protect Human Rights Defenders like Patricia Okoumou.

 On her official Instagram account, Patricia made her plea:

 "My Attorney @doingtime has confirmed that @DOJgov and @bermanjeff have moved to revoke my bail and put me in jail this Friday. I need everyone to show up Friday 03/01/19 @ 2:00 p.m. 500 Pearl Street Southern District Court of Manhattan to rally my freedom in solidarity with The Children in cages. I could use crowd funding bit.ly/OkoumouGoFundMe! #justice #freedom #love #law #truth #peace #equality #ReturnTheChildren #StatueofLibertyClimber #WeDoCare #SeekingAsylumIsNotACrime
http://www.patriciaokoumou.com http://bit.ly/PatriciasFundraisingVideo"

 

We are asking you to support Patricia by signing the petition to drop the charges, donating to her legal defense and ATTENDING HER COURT HEARING ON FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 2019 at 2:00pm at the Southern District Court of Manhattan, 500 Pearl Street, New York, NY.

Get more information at PatriciaOkoumou.com or return to this page for updates.

 

[1] Activists Arrested At Statue Of Liberty After Protesting Trump's Immigration Policies , NPR.org, July 5, 2018.

[2] Patricia Okoumou Climbs Southwest Key Headquarters to Protest Child Detention , Jezebel.com, February 21, 2019.

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