HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP END THE CHILD-IMPRISONMENT ATROCITIES.
There are 13,100 children imprisoned right now in federal custody — alone, without their families — facing horrifying neglect and abuse.
These kids need and deserve a defender and protector. Today, we will give them a defender who will step in front of the abuse they are facing. A protector who will ensure that the abuse ends. An advocate who will make sure those responsible for these atrocities are held accountable for their horrors.
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Holly Cooper, Co-director of the Immigration Law Clinic at UC Davis, and her team have been to more than 30 detention centers over the last few years, saving countless kids as a result of their inspections and advocacy.
Last month, when inspecting a children’s detention center where kids are being jailed alone, their legal team found a premature infant who was so ill she would have died without immediate treatment. The lawyers and doctors on the team fought federal authorities to transport the baby to the hospital. And saved her life.
Same with three more gravely ill toddlers they found and transported to the hospital. The doctor who met with the children in federal custody said if she found kids in this condition in her regular practice, she would have to report the parents to authorities for criminal neglect.
The list of horrors goes on:
- An 8-month old baby with the flu forced to sleep outside for four days.
- A child held in isolation for 10 days
- Pepper spray used against kids held in isolation
- Prolonged detention of kids with disabilities, abuse of kids with mental disabilities and mental health issues
- An 8 year old girl struggling to take care of an unrelated two-year old toddler in custody because there was no one else caring for him
- Children held in “secret” centers, WW2 internment camps, and unlicensed, unregulated and for-profit jails
- Kids denied access to water, and forced to sleep on concrete floors under bright lights 24/7
- No toothbrushes, toothpaste, diapers, sports or education; Kids forced to go weeks without bathing or a clean change of clothes.
- Kids forcibly sedated with psychotropic drugs
Holly and her team of warriors are one of only a handful of legal teams in the world who have the right to access CBP facilities — including the infamous “dog cages” and “hieleras” (iceboxes) where the kids are being held. Because Holly is an attorney of record in the crucial FLORES settlement, in which the federal government agreed to certain basic standards relating to detaining children, she is among a very few with the right to demand inspections of facilities, to obtain full medical records and procure the census of every child detained each month across the country.
Her team’s unique right to access CBP facilities makes them absolutely vital to investigating, communicating and advocating in the nationwide movement to get safety for these children, end the abuse, and shut down these horrifying kid prisons. Holly’s team has brought three class action lawsuits with national impact to protect these kids. Her funding is gone to see these suits to completion and we must ensure this vital work continues.
We will die on this mountain. We will BOTH continue to serve, rehabilitate and reunify these babies. AND we must stand up to defend and protect them so that this cycle of horror does not continue for other generations of babies. $240,000 will get Holly’s team what they need to continue this AND/BOTH work for 2 years: to get to the sites for inspections, interview the kids, remove them to protect their health and safety, and build legal cases to ensure that the government is not permitted to perpetuate the abuse.
There are 13,100 kids right now desperately praying for a defender and protector. Let’s do this.
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You can’t possibly be serious. To survive, these families departed their homeland. To avoid death. You’d like to compare your life to theirs?
There are no such things as other people’s kids.
Wow. How are these kids going to grow up with parents who obey the law? What will they do with the aging moochers parents? Did your children pick you because you followed the law and had money to spare? You can bet they didn’t pick you because of your empathy and global perspective.
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National day of action to call for all children remaining in immigration … Mohammad Ali Baqiri determined to prevent other children suffering same horrors. I think people should still overcome the fear in children slowly, let them be exposed to the fear slowly. As in the article there are very good tips there. You should refer.
What a great and, of course, well written post. It`s so useful…
It is impossible to think about this problem without tears… Let the injustice stop!
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This is awful and it pains me to think of thousands of children being imprisoned alone
You would compare your life to their.
Is there an update on what action is being taken for this cause with the funds? The post is from June 23.
What about some empathy towards those kids who did not ask to be here? Children are children and it doesn’t matter where they come from. They should be loved and care for. Let’s make this world a better place by showing kindness to all.
Carol -so you would let children suffer and die in order to teach them a lesson about rules? ? Have you taught your children to have empathy and compassion? Because you are sorely lacking in both.
These children need parents that respect the law, which teaches children to follow rules.
I waited to have my children when I could afford the basic necessities
There’s no such thing as other people’s children.
Yes Carol – the kids wouldn’t be in our detention centers if adults didn’t attempt to ILLEGALLY sneak them into our country. But it’s up to us to put them up in a 4-star hotel, apparently…something many of us Americans can’t even afford to do when we legally go somewhere. The emphasis is kinda on the wrong most often with this crowd……. ♥
you have no idea how the world works, do you? you people have no empathy. no matter what their parents did or didn’t do, no child deserves these conditions. not being in absolutely horrific conditions does not automatically equate to requiring ‘4 star’ treatment. just humanity.
You can’t be serious. These families fled from their country to stay alive. To not face death. You would compare your life to theirs?
Wow. Now, how exactly are these children going to get these law respecting parents? What are they going to do with the old loser/moocher parents? Did your children choose you because you were law respecting and had enough money? They sure didn’t choose you for your compassion and understanding of the world.