Via Human Rights Watch:
Last summer, the US started detaining large numbers of migrant mothers and children as part of what Homeland Security called a “deterrence strategy” aimed at Central American border crossers. Some of these families have now been held nearly a year with no end in sight
. Human Rights Watch published shocking new findings
in which detained moms and children who are seeking asylum describe their trauma, depression, and suicidal thoughts. One woman told us her 11-year-old son was threatened with forced recruitment by gangs in Honduras. They fled to the United States where they have been locked up together since September 2014. “He just sleeps and sleeps,” she said. “He says, ‘Mom, I just want to sleep so that when I wake up we’ll be free.’”
Two weeks ago you helped us reach 1.3 million people on social media, demanding an end to family detention. Now, we are asking you to pick up the phone
. Last month, a federal judge issued a preliminary ruling
saying family detention violates the rights of migrant children. The judge gave the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) until May 24 – this coming Sunday
to propose a new plan.
We need the Department of Homeland Security to know we care about these families. Please call the DHS public comment line at 202-282-8495
and tell Secretary Jeh Johnson to stop locking up asylum seeking moms and kids
. Please click on the image below and share
with your social networks using #endfamilydetention
Thank you! With your support, we can make a difference.
from Human Rights Watch about family detention.