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Three Texas Organizations Helping Immigrant Families Receive RFK Human Rights Award

To cheers of “Sí, Se Puede,” (“Yes, we can”) three organizations that work closely with immigrant families at the nation’s southern border were honored Thursday with the 2019 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award.

The three recipients are South Texas groups: the Angry Tías and Abuelas of the Río Grande Valley; the Detained Migrant Solidarity Committee in El Paso; and La Unión del Pueblo Entero (LUPE), established by United Farm Workers union co-founders César Chávez and Dolores Huerta in the small town of San Juan.

“Our current political climate has led to a terrible crisis of faith. The president of the United States now cheers inhumane family separation policies, and this administration is torturing families to score cheap political points to shore up support for an administration that by all accounts is failing this country,” Kerry Kennedy told the at-capacity crowd in the ornate Kennedy Caucus Room, named in honor of her father, Sen. Robert Kennedy and his brothers who also served in the Senate, Edward Kennedy and former President John F. Kennedy.

The RFK Human Rights Award was created in 1984 by the Washington-based RFK Human Rights organization and has since been given to individuals and groups from 24 different countries.

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