||My father, Art Shibayama, was
a 13-year old Peruvian citizen when he and his family were
seized from their home in Lima during WWII. They were
shipped across international waters on a U.S. Army transport
and imprisoned as “potentially dangerous enemy aliens” in a
Department of Justice concentration camp in the U.S. Yet
their only "crime" was that they were of Japanese descent.
The U.S. government planned to exchange them for U.S.
citizens trapped in Japan.
and his family were still detained in Crystal City when the
war ended and the U.S. government classified them as
“illegal aliens.” When Peru would not allow those of
Japanese ancestry to return home, they were rendered
stateless. They fought deportation for over a decade until
they were able to obtain U.S. permanent residency.
Over 70 years after their seizure,
the U.S. government still refuses to acknowledge and
properly redress the war crimes perpetrated against my
family and over 2,200 Latin American internees of Japanese
In March 2017, my father and his
brothers were granted a public hearing before the
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). For the
first time, my father was given the opportunity to testify
in a public hearing and hold the U.S. government
accountable for its crimes against
humanity. As the IACHR has yet to issue its ruling, please
sign our petition requesting a favorable ruling at
During these troubling times when other communities are
being targeted by the Trump administration, it is critical
that we speak out for justice. By uniting and lifting our
voices in support of one another, we can achieve the
Justice’s vision—a world where civil liberties and human
rights are promoted and protected.
more about the Campaign for Justice, please visit our new
jlacampaignforjustice.org or contact us at
We hope to see you at the San Jose Day of Remembrance on