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We expresses our deepest condolences to the four children and family members of Felisa "Fely" Sales Garcia, 58, a Filipina migrant worker who was found dead during the morning of Wednesday, March 14 in her Bronx residence where she rented a room. Garcia worked as a domestic worker and stated in her suicide letter that she experienced "harassment and abuse" in her employment as an elderly caregiver for an unidentified couple in the Bronx. We express our outrage over her death and call for a thorough investigation of the conditions leading to her alleged suicide.

We share in the grief of Fely's four children, all of who remain in their hometown of Barangay Dacanlao, Calaca, Batangas. We amplify the demand of the children in seeking truth and justice for thier deceased mother.

We express our sadness and anger over this tragedy. Fely's death provides a glimpse into the vulnerable experiences of Filipino domestic workers in the US. Fely is one of tens of thousands in New York and New Jersey who have been forced to make a courageous decision, be uprooted from the Philippine homeland and risk living and working abroad in isolating, dehumanizing and vulnerable conditions. Domestic workers lack protection by both the Philippine and US government. Migrant domestic workers, majority of whom are women -- and are often overwhelmed with problems -- working long hours, low wages, lack of benefits, racism, outright disrespect, and separation from family.

Fely is a sister among the millions of Filipina domestic workers who sacrificed separation from her homeland in search of a solution to the economic crisis that is shouldered primarily by the toiling Filipino people. Everyday, there are over 3,000 Filipinos who migrate from the Philippines. They will migrate to more than 186 different countries, including the US. Of the almost one million who migrate every year, three out of four of them are women. Filipino overseas worker remitted more than $12.5 billion dollars in 2006, keeping the Philippine economy afloat and sustaining the families directly affected by the economic, political and social crisis.

We grieve for the loss of Fely Garcia as we grieve for those who've endured similar harsh and abusive conditions. While we grieve, we also find inspiration and strength to work towards solutions.

We demand:

1. New York Police Department's timely, thorough, and impartial investigation;

2. Philippine Consulate's advocacy for a thorough investigation of the conditions leading to Fely Garcia's death;

3. Philippine Consulate's communication and accountability to the children and family members of Fely Garcia;

4. Philippine Consulate's facilitation and financial support of the repatriation of Fely Garcia's remains;

5. Employer accountability for the "abuse and harrassment" (in)directly leading to the death of Fely Garcia; and

6. Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's development of the systematic protection of migrant Filipinos' rights as workers, women and im/migrants; and

7. Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's accountability for anti-people policies resulting in the impoverishment, labor export, commoditization and massive outmigration of Filipinos.


We demand truth and justice for Fely Garcia as we demand truth and justice for all Filipina migrant domestic workers who've experienced silencing, maltreatment, and neglect by employers and governments that benefit from the tears, sweat and blood of migrant workers.

We call to unity all concerned people to examine and take action on the case of Fely Garcia and all Filipino migrant domestic workers.

We commit to seek truth, demand justice and struggle for a better world that advances the basic rights and dignity of people.

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Consul General Cecilia B. Rebong & Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

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