“Our community benefits from the work done by Francisco and by the Voz Workers Rights Education Project […] And while immigration is a federal issue, I believe Francisco should remain in the United States, and in Portland, until his case can reach a humane conclusion.”

-Portland City Mayor Charlie Hales, September 23rd

“The Portland Human Rights Commission is a longtime supporter of VOZ Workers’ Rights Education Project. We stand with Mayor Charlie Hales in support of Mr. Francisco Aguirre’s right to remain in Portland, in respect of the Universal Principles of Human Rights as stated by Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human rights, which states: “Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.” Also, according to Article 7 of the Declaration of Human Rights, “All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.”

As a matter of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family, we call for Mr. Aguirre to be allowed to remain in the United States during the pendency of the legal process. 

The Portland Human Rights Commission works to eliminate discrimination and bigotry, to strengthen inter-group relationships, and to foster greater understanding, inclusion, and justice for those who live, work, study, worship, travel and play in the City of Portland.” 

-Portland Human Rights Commission, September 26th

Community organizations forming the coalition include:

  • VOZ Workers’ Rights Education Project (VOZ)
  • Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice (IMIrJ)
  • Augustana Lutheran Church
  • Portland Jobs with Justice (Portland JwJ)
  • Migrant Collective / La Colectiva de Migrantes
  • Son Clandestino Son Inmigrantes
  • Raices de Jaragua
  • National Day Laborer Organizing Project (NDLON)

Additional supporting community organizations include:

  • Albina Ministerial Alliance (AMA)
  • Basic Rights Oregon (BRO)
  • Causa Oregon
  • Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO)
  • Coalition for Justice and Police Reform
  • Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO)
  • Latino Network
  • Portland Central American Solidarity Committee (PCASC)
  • St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church