The Berks family detention centre in Pennsylvania is the oldest of these “baby jails.” Last August, four children and their mothers had been held in jail there for nearly two years. This February, a teenage girl and her father who had established new lives in the US since 2015, were sent to Berks detention. She spent her 15th birthday behind bars. Thankfully these families have been released – but dozens remain there today, and more families continue to be locked up.
Secretary Nielsen of the US Department of Homeland Security has the power to stop this from happening, and you can help.
Write to Secretary Nielsen now and demand an end to the detention of children and their families seeking asylum in the USA