The following press release was shared on August 28th, 2018 by the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Make the Road New York, Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Network, and fellow partners in the Corporate Backers of Hate campaign, led by the Families Belong Together coalition.
Children of domestic workers and employers lead mock tribunal and protest outside Midtown offices as part of Corporate Backers of Hate campaign
New York, NY (August 28th, 2018)—Today, in front of the JPMorgan Chase (JPMC) headquarters, children and youth led a Children’s Tribunal to hold Jamie Dimon, JPMorgan Chase CEO, responsible for his company’s financing of the GEO Group and CoreCivic, the country’s two largest private prison and immigrant detention companies.
The powerful protest came the day after details emerged of the death of 19 month-old Mariee, a toddler fleeing violence in Guatemala with her mother, who died soon after leaving ICE detention. Mariee’s detention occurred in the aftermath of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy. New data released yesterday revealed that JPMorgan Chase and other banks doubled down financing of CoreCivic after the Trump administration announced “zero tolerance.”
Nationwide, as the Trump administration’s efforts to tear apart immigrant families at the border and nationwide and lock children and parents in cages, pressure is mounting on JPMC and Wells Fargo, two Wall Street backers of private immigrant detention companies CoreCivic and the Geo Group. More than 80 organizations nationwide have identified these companies as Corporate Backers of Hate and demanded they cease bankrolling oppression.
Jhon Zhune, member of Make the Road New York, said, “Jamie Dimon is guilty of financing companies that put immigrants in cages as part of Trump’s xenophobic agenda. These facilities separate families, violate human rights and our people are dying in there. We will continue to show up at Jamie Dimon’s house, and at JPMorgan Chase headquarters because Dimon cannot get away with saying he stands with immigrants, while our community suffers and he makes JPMorgan Chase and himself wealthier.”
Summer V., ten-year-old daughter of an immigrant domestic worker in New York, said, “Chase needs to stop giving money to private prisons who lock kids like me away after being separated from their parents. It’s wrong and hurts families. Children deserve to be safe and protected, not behind bars. Mr. Dimon needs to do the right thing and stop supporting prisons now.”
JPMC is the single largest debt holder of the GEO Group and CoreCivic, the country’s largest private prison companies, which have an alarming count of human rights abuses. In the past two fiscal years, 22 people have died in ICE custody, most of them in private facilities.
Jamie Dimon, JPMC CEO, has publicly criticized Trump’s immigration policies while simultaneously financing and investing in the expansion of an industry that disproportionately targets Black, Brown, immigrant, and LGBTQI+ communities and has horrific records of human rights violations. Despite the alarming evidence of abuse, Jamie Dimon claimed this spring that he found no grounds to withdraw from bankrolling private prisons and immigrant detention centers, despite his repeated claims to support immigrants.
Rachel Kahan, nanny and house cleaner employer with Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Network, said, “As a mother, the stories about the trauma inflicted on children and their parents by the Trump Administration’s policy of separating families at the border are almost unbearable to witness. I believe that all Americans should call on our government to end family separation, but I feel that those of us who employ immigrants in our homes have a particular obligation to speak up. We benefit from their talents and their labor and their role in our communities, and it’s up to us to support them and advocate on their behalf.”
Ana María Archila, Co-Executive Director of the Center for Popular Democracy, said, “Chase bank continues to profit from the detention and caging of our communities. Just this month, Chase extended a one billion credit line to private prison company CoreCivic. In doing so, the bank has chosen to continue supporting and financing a business that has caused the suffering, and in some cases, the death of immigrant community members. Hundreds of thousands have already signed petitions urging Chase to divest from these practices and we will continue working with Make the Road NY, New York Communities for Change, and our partners to hold accountable Chase until it does the right thing and separates itself from the business of pain for profit.”
The Children’s Tribunal included creative visuals and chants to outline the abuses being bankrolled by JPMC and demanded that the company cease financing private immigrant detention. Children shared community members’ experiences of pain and harm caused by ICE and the companies making money off of the community’s suffering.
This action is part of the Corporate Backers of Hate campaign that seeks to expose Wall Street companies, reveal their connections to the Trump administration, and identify the many ways in which they stand to gain from the administration’s policies.
The National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) is the nation’s leading voice for dignity and fairness for the millions of domestic workers in the United States, most of whom are women. Founded in 2007, NDWA works for the respect, recognition, and inclusion in labor protections for domestic workers. The national alliance is powered by over 60 affiliate organizations—plus robust local chapters in Atlanta, Durham, and New York—of over 20,000 nannies, housekeepers, and caregivers for the elderly in 36 cities and 17 states.
Make the Road New York builds the power of immigrant and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice.
Hand in Hand is a national network of employers of nannies, housecleaners and home attendants working for dignified and respectful working conditions that benefit the employer and worker alike.