Restore Fairness

Denying fairness and human rights to some puts all our freedoms at risk.

The Restore Fairness campaign called on the U.S. government to support fair immigration and racial justice. In the aftermath of 9/11, there has been a steady decline in the human rights of all immigrants to the United States. Cruel anti-immigrant laws have been denying basic due process to thousands of people, with particular impact on immigrant women and their families. Many policies also discriminate against people on the basis of national origin, race, religion, or citizenship.

 

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ABOUT THE PROJECT

Restore Fairness used compelling video documentaries along with a blog for voicing opinion to draw attention to the ways in which cruel anti-immigrant policy and laws in the United States have denied basic due process to thousands of people, with particular impact on immigrant women and their families. And how these policies also discriminate against people on the basis of national origin, race, religion, or citizenship.

Immigrants bear the brunt of these unjust laws. The U.S. government allows sweeping enforcement practices, holding thousands in inhumane detention, and deporting people without a fair trial, while people of color face racial profiling. Many parents have been separated from their children while others live in fear of these threats, devastating their lives and communities.

We shouldn’t let the government treat anyone like this because denying human rights and due process to some puts all of our freedoms at risk.

 

THE VIDEOS

Deaths in Immigration Custody

The Restore Fairness documentary is produced by Breakthrough in partnership with 26 leading organizations and calls for the U.S. government to bring back due process and fairness to the immigration system. The video features the powerful voices of Congresswomen Zoe Lofgren and Lucille Roybal-Allard, Judges Dana Marks and Bruce Einhorn, as well as civil society leaders like Anthony Romero, Donald Kerwin, Karen Narasaki and Mallika Dutt. It also gives a human face to harsh immigration laws through three very compelling personal stories - Jean Pierre Kamwa, an asylum seeker who faces mandatory detention, June Everett who lost her sister to immigration detention, and Walter Chavez and Ana Galindo, legal permanent residents who are victims of a warrantless home raid.

Checkpoint Nation
Face The Truth
Shackled and Detained
Mansimran: A Sikh Teenager Deals with Bullying
Live from Jail
Death by Detention
A Transgender Detainee Speaks Out
Two Moms Fight to Stay Together
Tearing a Family Apart
Army Man Fights for Justice
A Mother's Battle
Denied Medical Care, an HIV Positive Detainee Speaks Out
Army Man Ordered Deported
Don't Deport Me Scotty
A Surprise Visit
DESERTED: The Human Rights Crisis on Our Border

THE CALL

In our powerful short film inspired by a true story, Sonia’s crisis shows why we must all support the human rights of immigrant women today.

Produced in collaboration with over 30 partner organizations, the multi-award-winning People’s Television and starring distinguished actors from stage and screen, “The Call” is the centerpiece of Breakthrough’s #ImHere campaign, an urgent and innovative call to action for the rights of immigrant women in the United States.

IMPACT & REACH

Restore Fairness was one of Breakthrough’s longest campaigns, developing close and sustained collaboration with more than 20 partner organizations.
  • Documentaries were presented in colleges and other venues worldwide, as well as a U.S. Congressional Briefing on Faces of Racial Profiling.
  • Sparked national dialogue and outcry over the practice of shackling and other related human rights violations.
  • Reached over 100,000 people.
  • 322,000+ YouTube views