• More than one thousand women from all over the US marched in the streets and occupied the Hart Senate Office Building on Thursday.
  • They were protesting the Trump administration's immigration policies and calling for the abolition of Immigration Customs and Enforcement.
  • At least 575 women were arrested, according to Capitol police.

More than one thousand demonstrators& from 47 states descended on Washington, DC, for a peaceful protest and sit-in over a "zero tolerance" immigration policy the Trump administration has touted in recent weeks. That police had led to the separation of thousands of children from their parents before the Trump administration halted the separations in late June.

Hundreds of children remain separated from their parents in shelters throughout the US.

The protesters occupied the Hart Senate Office Building on Thursday while wearing foil blankets that resembled those worn by children being held in detention facilities on the US-Mexico border. During their sit-in they called for the reunification of families and the dissolution of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.

Several prominent members of Congress, including Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts joined in solidarity with the protesters.

In all, Capitol police arrested at least 575 women for the misdemeanor offense of unlawfully demonstrating in the Capitol. Two of those arrested included actress Susan Sarandon and Rep. Pramila Jayapal, who serves the 7th Congressional District of Washington state.

These incredible photos that show the size and impact of the event:

The protesters first marched from the Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC, to Capitol Hill. The march and civil disobedience in the Capitol was organized by the Women's March, the Center for Popular Democracy, and CASA in Action


Protesters held colorful signs calling for an end to family separations, reunification of families, and the dissolution of ICE


One woman held up a powerful photo and sign of her grandmother, a Holocaust survivor. Many have compared the family separation to various forms of concentration camps throughout history

Actor George Takei, who lived in a Japanese internment camp at age 5, wrote an op-ed in Foreign Policy in which he drew comparisons to Japanese internment camps and the Trump administration's now-defunct practice of causing the separation of children from their parents as a consequence of crossing the US border illegally.


One protester wore a mask replicating President Donald Trump's face. There are increasing calls among Democrats to completely abolish ICE altogether.


Protesters occupied the atrium of the Hart Senate Office building, wearing tinfoil blankets to create a sea of silver. Children held in shelters after they were separated from their families wore similar blankets in photographs that sparked outrage around the world.


Protesters engaged in a sit-in at the Hart building atrium, during which they chanted refrains like "We care" and "This is what democracy looks like"

The "we care" chant is a cheeky reference to a June 21 incident in which First Lady Melania Trump wore a jacket that had the words, "I really don't care, do u?" emblazoned on the back, as she prepared to travel to a shelter housing unaccompanied children in Texas.


Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, whose office is located in the Hart building, had a front-row seat to the protests, as this photo taken by one of his staffers shows.



Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts also cheered on demonstrators from above


Actress Susan Sarandon joined in a line of protesters as Capitol Police led them out of the atrium to be arrested.

Sarandon tweeted from the demonstration: "WomenDisobey" from the protest.

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York made herself comfortable on the floor, wrapping herself in a foil blanket.

Gillibrand became the first sitting US senator to call for the dissolution of ICE on Thursday.

In an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo, she said she supports "getting rid" of ICE, and finding a new solution to replace it.


Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois joined in to show her support with her two month-old daughter Maile in tow.

Duckworth later tweeted, "


Rep. Pramila Jayapal, who serves the 7th Congressional District of Washington state, was among those arrested by Capitol Police

Jayapal, who worked as an immigration lawyer before being elected to Congress, later wrote on Twitter, "I was just arrested with 500+ women and Women's March to say President Donald Trump’s cruel zero-tolerance policy will not continue. Not in our country. Not in our name. June 30 we’re putting ourselves in the street again. Join us."

In a statement, the DC Capitol Police said they charged 575 people with unlawful demonstration, but released those who had been arrested and charged them a $50 fine.


The unprecedented mass protest and civil disobedience are part of long-running demonstrations that began almost immediately after Trump was elected