Media Advisory/Comunicado de Prensa

For Immediate Release: Friday, February 5, 2010

 Students Walking From Miami to Washington, D.C. Stop in Suwannee & Lafayette Counties to Advocate Against Police Negligence & Local Abuses

 Contacts:

  • Felipe Matos, Trail of DREAMs: (786) 273-9748

Who: Trail of DREAMs and members of Suwannee and Lafayette Counties

What: Trail of DREAMs highlights abuses and police negligence in Live Oak, Fl. as they join community members and local victims in a meeting with the Suwannee County Sheriff to report numerous assaults and abuses taking place against immigrants.

When: Friday, February 5, 2010 at 3:00 pm

The previous day Trail of DREAMs will host a “Know Your Rights” training at the Catholic Church in Mayo, FL.

Where:

Suwannee County Sheriff’s office

200 South Ohio (MLK Ave)

Live Oak, Florida 32064

Why: Every week, immigrants in Suwannee County are subjected to assault and abuse which are ignored by local officials. Some have been found with mutilated body parts, cracked skulls, and other forms of extreme violence which the police has shown no interest in investigating or prosecuting.

About the Trail of Dreams

On January 1, 2010, four brave students – three of whom are undocumented immigrants – embarked on a 1,500-mile walk from Miami, FL, to Washington, D.C., to raise awareness about the impact our failed immigration system is having on their lives, and on millions of others. The four walkers – Gaby Pacheco, 24, Carlos Roa, 22, Felipe Matos, 23, and Juan Rodriguez, 20 – were all brought to the U.S. by their parents when they were children, and have excelled in school and as community leaders. Despite their success, they have spent their childhoods in fear and hiding, unable to achieve their real potential. They are calling on our nation’s leaders to fix the system so that people like them who want to work hard have an opportunity to gain an education and participate fully in society. The Trail of Dreams will stop in cities in towns throughout Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia to engage in dialogue with residents and local leaders – including key Congressional offices. They are expected to arrive in the nation’s capital on May 1.