Washington, DC (June 1, 2020) – As thousands of protesters take to the streets for the third day in DC, seeking justice and accountability, in a movement echoed in hundreds of cities across the US and the world, Ayuda stands against racism, as allies with our Black neighbors and communities of color. 

We are horrified and saddened by the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and the deaths of many others before them, including those of which we are unaware. We join the many voices affirming: Black Lives Matter.

As an anti-racist organization, racism has no place in the future Ayuda seeks to create. We actively seek to combat attitudes and systems of oppression – in our immigration system, in the justice system, in our communities, our organization, and ourselves. 

Today, we are renewing our commitment to the dignity, rights, and wellbeing of our Black neighbors and other people of color in our communities. We are renewing our commitment to look not only within immigration and justice systems but also within our organization and within ourselves, for ways that we inadvertently contribute to racism and inequality. 

We believe a better world is possible. One where everyone in our communities can live free of racism and injustice. We believe in a world where everyone can thrive.

In solidarity,

Paula Fitzgerald, Esq.Executive Director