• Lynn Tramonte

UD Law Students Erect “Day of the Dead” Altar to Remember Victims of Ethnic Cleansing in Mauritania

Updated: Nov 1, 2018

Dayton, OH – The Washington Post says “ICE is sending Mauritanians back to modern-day slavery,” and the USA Today writes “Trump increase deportations to Mauritania, where slavery dominates culture.” Still, the Trump Administration continues to deport Black Maurita

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nians who fled ethnic cleansing in their native country and face arrest, torture, slavery, or worse after they are deported.


The Human Rights Awareness and Advocacy Group at the University of Dayton School of Law is erecting a “Day of the Dead” altar in the Law School Atrium on November 1, 2018 to raise awareness about this situation. The altar will remain on view through November 2.


At noon on November 1, law students and Maria Otero, an attorney with Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE), will give a special presentation about the legal situation Ohio residents of Mauritanian descent are grappling with today. The panel will talk about what members of the legal community and ordinary citizens can do to stop this human rights atrocity.


In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Black Mauritanians were murdered and expelled from their homes and land by the Mauritanian government. Many fled to the United States in search of safety and settled in Ohio. Despite the ongoing human rights abuses taking place in this country today, the Trump Administration has restarted deportations of Black Mauritanians to the very country that persecuted them, which continues to treat them as non-citizens and slaves.


WHO: Maria Otero, Attorney, Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE) and the Human

Rights Awareness and Advocacy Group at University of Dayton School of Law

WHAT: “Day of the Dead” altar and presentation on human rights abuses of Black

Mauritanians and the U.S. Government’s efforts to deport them

WHEN: Noon, November 1, 2018

WHERE: Joseph E. Keller Hall (Atrium) at the University of Dayton School of Law


For more information, see this backgrounder from America's Voice and this op-ed from the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.