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CAIR-Houston to Join Events Mourning Death of Guatemalan Girl Who Died in U.S. Custody

(HOUSTON, TEXAS, 12/16/18) – The Houston chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Houston) is urging the Houston community come together on two separate evenings to mourn the death of Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin. 

Jakelin Maquin, a 7-year-old girl from an impoverished Guatemalan village, died last week while in custody of U.S. border patrol agents. 

She and her father were detained in the New Mexico desert.Her death was made public this past Thursday causing anger and unrest. Her death has raised questions from activist groups about how migrants are treated at the border and in custody. 

SEE: Family mourns 7-year-old girl who died in US custody

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Location: Guadalupe Plaza Park 

[2311 Runnels, Houston, Texas 77011]

Time: 5 p.m. 

Point Person: Jessica Lorena Rangel 


Facebook Event Page

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Location: Emancipation Park

[419 Emancipation Ave, Houston, TX 77003-2211]

Time: 7 – 9 p.m. 

Point Person: Elizabeth Lozano, Carnalismo Brown Berets – Houston


Facebook Event Page

Early last week CAIR California representatives and religious leaders were arrested at the border in their act of peaceful protesting in support of refugees and migrants. 

SEE: Video: CAIR Reps, Muslim Leaders Support Asylum-Seekers, Immigrants at San Diego Border Protest   

CAIR-CA Representatives and Religious Leaders Arrested at the Border in Support of Asylum-Seekers, Immigrants

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.


CONTACT: CAIR-Houston Communications Coordinator Sobia Siddiqui, 832-782-3141,; Organizer of Vigil for Jakelin Jessica Lorena Rangel, 832-332-1560; Canalismo Brown Berets – Houston Elizabeth Lozano Carnalismo, 832-525-3549 

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