Media Advisory: LA Youth Lead Fast to Support Immigrant Children Fleeing Violence

Media Advisory

Contact: Esther Kim, or 323-687-2153
Jacob Hay, or (310) 855-2640
Mike Roth, or 916-813-1554
Maria Elena Jauregui, or (818) 355-5291

LA Youth Lead Fast to Support Immigrant Children Fleeing Violence #FastingForChildren

Los Angeles, CA – A diverse group of seven young people between the ages of 15 to 22 will lead a week-long fast in support of immigrant children and their families fleeing violence and poverty in Central America. Fasters are calling for the children and their families to be treated with compassion and are asking Congress and the President to grant them refugee status.

“My heart broke hearing stories on the news of all the children forced to leave their country because they did not feel safe. I understand how scared they must be because 12 years ago, I was one of them,” said faster Yamilex Rustrian a recent high school graduate who left Guatemala at age seven with her younger sister after their father was shot by gang-members.

What: LA youth launch week-long fast in support of immigrant children.

Where: 115 Paseo de la Plaza (near historic Olvera Street) in Los Angeles.

Dates: Monday, July 21st to Friday, July 25th.

Times: Fast Launch, Monday at 10:00am: Youth fasters joined by more than 150 supporters and community leaders to launch their fast.
Daily media availability, Tuesday-Friday at 10:00am: Youth fasters will provide a daily update on the fast.
Fast ending ceremony, Friday at noon: Supporters and community leaders will join youth fasters to end their fast.

Note: Fasters will be available for media interviews throughout the fast. Every day and evening there will be story sharing, arts and music performances.
Fasters are collecting material and monetary donations for immigrant families fleeing violence at the fast location and online at

Organizations supporting the fasters include Asian Americans Advancing Justice, the Center for Community Change, Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE-LA), the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), Community Coalition, the Dreamers Action Network, the Korean Resource Center, the Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA), the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, Mi Familia Vota, the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC), Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California State Council and SEIU United Service Workers West.


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