Breaking: Immigrants Urge JPMorgan Chase to Stop Financing For-Profit Prisons Profiting from Immigrant Family Detention

As part of a 50-state day of action, scores of protesters will deliver hundreds of thousands of petitions to JPMorgan and hold a vigil for immigrant toddler who died after being held in private immigrant detention

On Wednesday, immigrant New Yorkers and allies will deliver petition signatures to the corporate headquarters of JPMorgan Chase in New York City urging them to stop financing the for-profit prison companies benefitting from family separation and the incarceration of immigrant families. Part of a coalition of more than 80 organizations representing millions of people, the activists are calling for JPMorgan Chase to stop financing CoreCivic and Geo Group, two large for-profit prison companies that are profiting off family separation and detention. The petition delivery is one of hundreds happening across the country as part of the national day of action, with more than 7.000 people delivering hundreds of thousands of petition signatures to local JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo bank branches in all 50 states.

What:            Rally and petition delivery urging JPMorgan Chase to stop financing for-profit prisons benefitting from family separation and immigration detention, culminating in vigil for toddler who died after being held in private detention facility

When:          Wednesday, September 26, 12:00 pm

Where:         JPMorgan Chase Headquarters (270 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017)

Who:           Make the Road New York, New York Communities for Change, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, Hand in Hand, National Domestic Workers Alliance, MomsRising, the Center for Popular Democracy, CREDO, Workmen’s Circle, MoveOn, In The Public Interest, LittleSis, ACRE, AVAAZ, Enlace, Presente.org, and others

Visuals:        Diverse crowd with powerful visuals, including colorful signs, and a group creating a flower-filled vigil for toddler who died after being held in private immigrant detention facilities.

Contact:       fbtcorp@berlinrosen.com, daniel.altschuler@maketheroadny.org

Approximately 71% of the average daily population in ICE custody are held in privately operated jails. Since ICE was created in 2003, 85 detention centers nationwide have reported a total of 176 deaths. CoreCivic and GEO Group depend on debt financing from banks, including JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo, to conduct their day-to-day business operations, finance new facilities, and acquire smaller companies. In doing so, these companies are complicit in and profiting from the mass incarceration and criminalization of immigrants.

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