A Feminist Survival Guide to Seattle
When: Today, April 28th, 6:30PM
Where: Hing Hay Park, 423 Maynard Ave S
Mary Jane Veloso was taken into custody in Indonesia and sentenced to death by firing squad, due to the discovery of heroin in the lining of the suitcase that she carried to Indonesia. Advocates believe that Mary Jane Veloso is a victim of Human Trafficking, who is innocent of knowingly carrying drugs. Supporters in Seattle and around the world will light candles to encourage Indonesia to grant clemency to Mary Jane. You may also sign the change.org petition.
Mary Jane was recruited by a family friend under the false information that she was being employed as a maid in Malaysia. Her recruiter’s boyfriend gifted Mary Jane with a suitcase. Mary Jane insists that she had no knowledge of the drugs that were hidden in the lining of the suitcase.
Mary Jane’s situation merits special attention. As a single mother of two, young sons, Mary Jane was desperate for employment which made her vulnerable to the Human Traffickers. Not fluent in English and limited in formal education, Mary Jane was swept up in a flood of circumstances that resulted in her conviction: she had no legal counsel for most of the process, she did not understand most of the proceedings, and her family received death threats from the drug syndicate, warning them not to go to the media or seek help.
Those who recruited and manipulated Mary Jane should be pursued, prosecuted, and convicted–not Mary Jane, who is a desperate and vulnerable victim of Human Trafficking.