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MEDIA ADVISORY: Congressional Leaders Celebrate Universal Day of the Child with The Butterfly Effect in Call for Support of Immigrant Children

Nov 18, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON—–This Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and members of the Congressional Tri-Caucus – which includes the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), and Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) –  will mark Universal Day of the Child with The Butterfly Effect in a call for support of immigrant children.

The Butterfly Effect is a youth-led art and activism project that has created 36,000 butterflies and counting as a visual representation of the thousands of immigrant children who have been or are currently in US detention facilities. According to a recent AP report, nearly 70,000 migrant children have been held in government custody in 2019 thus far. The purpose of The Butterfly Effect is to raise awareness, inspire community action, and end child detention permanently.

WHO:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA-12)

Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán (CA-44), Second-Vice Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13), Co-Chair of the CBC Diversity Task Force and Member of the Immigration Task Force

Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27), Chair of CAPAC

Kaia Marbin, age 11, student, co-founder of the Butterfly Effect

Lillian Ellis, age 10, student, co-founder of the Butterfly Effect

Matthew Weisbly, Daniel K. Inouye Policy Fellow with the Japanese American Citizens League, representing Tsuru for Solidarity

Nina Perez, Senior Campaign Director, MomsRising/MamasConPoder

Zarin Noor MD MPH, Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics

WHEN:

Wednesday, November 20th, at 2:30 pm ET / 11:30 am PT

WHERE:

1539 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC

RSVP:

Please RSVP to elena.pino@mail.house.gov. Live stream will be available here.

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The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), founded in December 1976, is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHC is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories.