It's Glory Anawa's 29th birthday today. Since February 2013, she has been imprisoned in immigration jails in Ontario without charge or trial. Canada cannot deport her but will not release her.
Her son, Alpha Ochigbo was born in the Toronto Immigration Holding Centre on August 25th, 2013. Alpha has not seen a single day of freedom.
Alpha is Glory's second child that she is raising inside an immigration jail. Her daughter Tracy was born in Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre in the United Kingdom.
Horrific as Glory's story is, it is not an exception. Racialized and poor migrants are locked up in jails around the globe for the desire to move. Without adequate supports, women, children and trans people face great harm.
We know this also because December is the one-year anniversary of Lucia Jimenez Vega's death in immigration enforcement custody in Vancouver.
Today, Glory marks her birthday in prison. Migrant justice activists across these lands mourn Lucia's death. Today, we honour the lives and struggles of the millions that are forced out of their homes, the thousands that die crossing borders. Today, with you, we reaffirm our commitment to struggle until all these walls fall, until we all are free, until no one is illegal.
Freedom to Move!
Freedom to Return!
Freedom to Stay!