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    Not just at the border: There are likely unaccompanied immigrant children in your state, too

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    Emily Butera, senior policy adviser for migrant rights and justice for the Women’s Refugee Commission, said in an interview that it’s not atypical for a family or an individual who’s in immigration custody to have trouble locating and communicating with their family members.

    “[There is] no clear and consistent process that the federal government has to help individuals in immigration custody find each other, communicate with each other and reunite with each other,” Butera said. “It’s a massive gap.”

    How a Child Moves Through a Broken Immigration System

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    The Women’s Refugee Commission is putting together recommendations for Congress and the White House to “establish a clear and consistent process by which DOJ, DHS, and HHS” record and track families who are separated, according to senior policy adviser for migrant rights Emily Butera. 

    The Trump Administration's 'Tender Age' Facilities Are Prisons for Babies and Toddlers

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    “The facilities that they have for the most part are not licensed for tender age children,” Michelle Brane, director of migrant rights at the Women’s Refugee Commission, told the AP. “There is no model for how you house tons of little children in cots institutionally in our country. We don’t do orphanages, our child welfare has recognized that is an inappropriate setting for little children.”

    AP: Toddlers, babies held in 'tender age' facilities after separated from families

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    Michelle Brane, director of migrant rights and justice program at the Women's Refugee Commission, told CNN in an interview Tuesday that she met a 4-year-old girl in diapers at a McAllen warehouse where migrants families are being temporarily held.
    "The facilities that they have for the most part are not licensed for tender age children," Brane told CNN.

    ‘Some of the kids I spoke to were traumatized. Some could barely speak.’

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    “Some of the kids I spoke to were traumatized, some could barely speak,” said Michelle Brané, director of the Migrant Rights and Justice program at the Women's Refugee Commission, who toured Customs and Border Protection facilities last Thursday.

    7 Things You Can Do to Help Immigrant Families at the Border

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    These organizations are on the ground offering assistance and legal aid to children and parents at the border.

    How You Can Help Separated Families on World Refugee Day

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    The Women’s Refugee Commission has aggregated five actions everyone can take that go beyond donating funds.

    This is How You Can Help the Immigrant Children Separated From Their Parents At The Border

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    The Women's Refugee Commission is circulating a petition to keep families together, and are also receiving donations for displaced mothers.

    Trump officials send migrant babies, toddlers to 'tender age' shelters

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    “The facilities that they have for the most part are not licensed for 'tender age' children,” said Michelle Brane, director of migrant rights at the Women’s Refugee Commission, who met with a 4-year-old girl in diapers in a McAllen warehouse where Border Patrol temporarily holds migrant families. “There is no model for how you house tons of little children in cots institutionally in our country. We don’t do orphanages. Our child welfare has recognized that is an inappropriate setting for little children.”

    Defense contractors shouldn't be in the childcare business. Must that be said?

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    Others are fighting back, as well. On 31 May 2018, the Texas Civil Rights Project, Women’s Refugee Commission, University of Texas School of Law Immigration Clinic, and Garcia & Garcia law firm filed an Emergency Request for Precautionary Measures with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on behalf of parents separated from their children at the US-Mexico border. Senate Democrats have introduced the Keep Families Together Act to limit the separation of families at or near ports of entry, and are desperately hoping to attract Republican support. And, of course, immigration lawyers like Bridget Cambria are in the trenches in immigration court, giving hope to those near losing it.

    Trump Administration Holding Babies And Toddlers In Multiple ‘Tender Age’ Shelters: AP

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    CNN reported last week that a mother from Honduras said her breastfeeding baby was taken from her by federal agents while she was awaiting prosecution at an immigrant detention center. Michelle Brane, director of migrant rights at the Women’s Refugee Commission, described seeing “5-year-olds in cages alone with no adult care” and a 4-year-old whose diapers were being changed by other detained children as she visited a facility where migrants were being held.

    At least 3 tender age shelters set up for child migrants

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    “The facilities that they have for the most part are not licensed for tender age children,” said Michelle Brane, director of migrant rights at the Women’s Refugee Commission, who met with a 4-year-old girl in diapers in a warehouse in McAllen, Texas, where Border Patrol temporarily holds migrant families. “There is no model for how you house tons of little children in cots institutionally in our country. We don’t do orphanages, our child welfare has recognized that is an inappropriate setting for little children.”

    How You Can Help Migrant Families Separated at the Border

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    The Women's Refugee Commission advocates for the rights and protection of women, children, and young adults fleeing violence and persecution.

    While the group is accepting monetary donations to assist separated families seeking asylum, it also suggests other ways people can take action to help the end the separation of families.

    Incarcerating Entire Families Cannot Be the Solution to the Separation of Children

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    In studying the T. Don Hutto Residential Center, the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) and Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) found a litany of abuses, including guards using family separation or the threat of separation as a method of discipline as well as children experiencing signs of psychological and physical trauma. The Obama administration removed families from the Hutto facility in 2009.

    Trump’s Family Separation Order Does Nothing for Families He Already Broke Up

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    “The executive order that President Trump signed is no solution,” said Michelle Brané, director of the Women’s Refugee Commission Migrant Rights and Justice program, in a statement. “First, there are more than 2,000 children already separated from their parents. This EO does nothing to address that nightmare.”

    Migrant Toddler Separated from Family Had to Have Diaper Changed by Other Detained Children

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    “She had to teach other kids in the cell to change her diaper,” Michelle Brane, director of migrant rights at the Women’s Refugee Commission, told the Associated Press on Friday after speaking with the 16-year-old girl at the facility.

    “She was so traumatized that she wasn’t talking. She was just curled up in a little ball,” Brane said of the teenager, who has since been reunited with her aunt.

    Rachel Maddow breaks down in tears reading breaking news about Trump administration sending babies to shelters

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    “The facilities that they have for the most part are not licensed for tender age children,” director of migrant rights at Women’s Refugee Commission Michelle Brane told the AP.

    She recalled meeting a 4-year-old girl in diapers in a McAllen warehouse where ICE agents is holding people.

    The Democratic Senate bill that would stop family separations, explained

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    Beyond having the support of all of Feinstein’s Democratic colleagues in the Senate, the Keep Families Together Act has the support of a number of medical and immigrant advocacy organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, Kids in Need of Defense, Children’s Law Center, and the Women’s Refugee Commission.

    Trump administration holding hundreds of babies, toddlers at ‘tender age’ migrant facilities

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    “The facilities that they have for the most part are not licensed for tender age children,” Michelle Brane, director of migrant rights at the Women’s Refugee Commission, told the AP. “There is no model for how you house tons of little children in cots institutionally in our country.”

    What do detainees need most? Attorneys, say immigration groups.

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    The Women's Refugee Commission, a nonprofit that helps women and children in crisis, suggests calling local churches to ask what they need. It says you can also consider becoming a detention visitation volunteer by following this link: www.freedomforimmigrants.org/join-us-1/.