Amnesty International Canada

USA:
Free the Berks kids

Every day hundreds of families are locked up in three family detention centres in the United States. Their only ‘crime’ is seeking safety.

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Call on the USA to end the detention of children and their families seeking asylum

 

   
Kirstjen
Nielsen
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
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Kids and their parents seeking asylum in the USA are stuck in what are known as “baby jails.”

Imagine you are forced to flee your home to save your family from danger, and after a long and difficult journey, you reach a country where you think you will be safe. But then officials throw you and your family into a detention center while you pursue your claim for asylum. You don't know how long they will keep you there – and you realise you might have to watch your child take their first steps in jail.

Every day, hundreds of families are locked up in three family detention centres, also known as “baby jails.” Their crime? Seeking safety in the United States of America.

The usa must stop locking up children and their families who are seeking safety

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

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