Eva Chavez, a mother and immigrant rights and reproductive justice advocate from the Rio Grande Valley, is facing deportation.
On Feb. 14, Eva was detained by Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE). She was released from detention because she is the primary caretaker of her special needs child. However, she was told she would need to report for an immigration check-in.Her check-in is scheduled for Wednesday, March 14. Given ICE’s pattern of targeting and detaining community activists at their check-ins, Eva fears there is a strong likelihood she may be detained and separated from her from her family tomorrow.
Eva and community advocates are asking people in the RGV to accompany her on the morning of March 14 at the Harlingen ICE Field office (1717 Zoy St. in Harlingen, Texas) to show support for Eva and to tell ICE that deporting her would negatively impact her family and community.
Despite incredible challenges, including surviving domestic violence and coercion, Eva has persevered and has helped her community flourish.According to a petition which started circulating last week, she is an active member of La Unión del Pueblo Entero. For 15 years, she has helped immigrant women, like herself, bring improvements to their neighborhoods and lives. Eva is also an active Poderosa with the Texas Latina Advocacy Network of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, where she has spent 10 years working to advance a vision of a society where all women— particularly immigrant women— have the economic means, social capital and political power to make and exercise decisions about their health, family and future with dignity and self-determination.
Eva has been fighting for a better future for our community. Now, she is calling on RGV residents to fight with her.