Badger and Winters has partnered with Fenton and the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services on a campaign to bring home the plight of immigrant children to New Yorkers. The #NoKidsInCages effort put cages containing child-sized mannequins in locations around the city, including Google’s offices and those of major news organizations, on June 12 to protest the treatment of children at immigration detention centers. The displays included audio that RAICES said were recordings of detained children crying, obtained by ProPublica in an investigation of families that were separated while trying to cross the border into the US. A NYPD spokeswoman said that police found and removed eight of the cages. Badger and Winters CEO Madonna Badger said 25 cages were put up in all, and that the NYPD had removed all of them. “It’s time to stop treating these children like numbers that don’t matter in the world,” said Badger. “Hearing their cries is a way to stop people from not caring.” An NYPD source told the New York Daily News that alarmed pedestrians alerted the police to the cages. Detectives are trying to determine if harassment charges are warranted, the source said.


Merritt Group is teaming up with Women in Technology to present “WIT Connect: Decoding B2B and B2G PR & Marketing Trends,” a June 20 event that will provide attendees with a look at how technological developments are changing the landscape for PR and marketing professionals. Merritt Group CEO and senior partner Alisa Valudes Whyte will moderate a panel that will include KPMG US market development leader Marni Puente and Microsoft communications director, US and Americas services Tonya Klause. The panel will address such topics as how the new era of privacy will transform digital relationships and the role immersive video will play in revolutionizing experiential storytelling. The event will run from 6 to 9 p.m. at Velo Park (formerly the Gannett Building) at 7950 Jones Branch Drive in McLean, VA. For more information, or to register for the event, click here.


LLYC, a communications and public affairs consulting firm working in Latin America, Spain and Portugal, is joining the global partnership between Finsbury, Glover Park Group (GPG) and Hering Schuppener as an associate partner on July 1. Finsbury and Hering Schuppener initiated the partnership in April 2016, with GPG joining in May 2017. LLYC is the third associate partner to join the global gartnership, following the additions of Paris-based Image Sept and Sotckholm-bsaed Fogel & Partners in 2018. It was founded in 1995 by Jose Antonio Llorente and Olga Cuenca following their careers at Burson Marsteller Spain. LLYC currently employs more 600 strategic communication professionals working in areas that include financial communications, crisis and reputation management, media and investor relations, corporate positioning and public affairs.