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Two women were detained for speaking Spanish. Now they’re suing Border Patrol

Two women were detained for speaking Spanish. Now they’re suing Border Patrol

To commemorate Women’s History Month, we will be examining articles that allow us to reflect on the past, present, and future of women. We encourage you to read our summaries as well as the articles themselves and share with your friends. If you have feedback or suggestions for future articles, contact Kate Mazzotta, Communications Manager, at

Two American-born women chatted to each other in Spanish while in line at the grocery store. Moments later, they were detained by Border Patrol.

Now, the women are fighting back.

But do they have a case? As this article describes, the role of Border Patrol and citizen protections under the Fourth Amendment are seemingly at odds—and this case may force these opposing ideologies to reconcile.

Read the full article from Vox.

We’re choosing to celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day because, in addition to raising awareness around women’s issues, The Gathering Place helps women every day. We are metropolitan Denver’s only daytime shelter for women, children, and transgender individuals experiencing poverty and homelessness. While we refer to those we serve as members, all of our programs and services are free, and they always will be.

Celebrate Women’s History Month by supporting the women we serve! Give now. And be sure to share this article with your friends so they can join the celebration.