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    Separation of Immigrant Families in U.S. Immigration Custody

    As the numbers of family units migrating together rises, so have the instances of arbitrary and harmful family separation, both before and upon reaching the U.S. border. Family unity must also be a respected principle in enforcement and removal operations by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
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    Family Detention & the Flores Settlement Agreement

    In the summer of 2015, a court ruled that government practices of detaining asylum-seeking families violate the 1997 Flores Settlement for unaccompanied children. The government’s should immediately reverse their family detention policies, dismantle the facilities, and release children and their parents.
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    The Real Alternatives to Detention

    Alternatives to detention are effective, humane, and comply with domestic and international law. Most asylum-seekers pose little flight risk.
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    One Year Later: Where are the refugee mothers and children?

    In June 2014, President Obama referred to the unprecedented numbers of children and families fleeing violence in Central America as an “urgent humanitarian situation.” Since then, these asylum-seekers have been detained in prison-like detention facilities.
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    The Detention of Immigrant Families | 2015

    A Backgrounder on Family Detention

    In 2014, years after closing public outcry forced the closing of the infamous T. Don Hutto family detention facility, the Obama Administration dramatically increased the detention of migrant families. Seeking asylum is not an illegal act, and these families should be met with protection, not punishment.

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    Family Detention Infographic

    Family Detention is arbitrary, inhumane, and expensive. There is a better way. An infographic on the perils of family detention. 
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    Me han Detendo o Deportado: Que Pasara con mis hijos o hijas? (Parental Rights Toolkit | Spanish, Interactive)

    This toolkit is for detained and deported immigrant and undocumented parents, as well as their allies: officials, attorneys, service providers, friends and family members. It provides crucial information they need to protect and maintain parental rights and make well-informed, critical decisions regarding the care and welfare of their children. It includes information on how to get a lawyer, how to stay in touch with children, and how to participate in family court or child welfare hearings.
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    Detained or Deported: What About My Children?

    Parental Rights Toolkit

    This report and its resources are available in English and Spanish. This toolkit is for detained and deported immigrant and undocumented parents, as well as their allies: officials, attorneys, service providers, friends and family members. It provides crucial information they need to protect and maintain parental rights and make well-informed, critical decisions regarding the care and welfare of their children. It includes information on how to get a lawyer, how to stay in touch with children, and how to participate in family court or child welfare hearings.
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    Recommendations to DHS to Improve Complaint Processing

    Consistent, documented – yet avoidable - deficiencies within the DHS complaint systems have inhibited the Department’s ability to identify internal civil rights concerns and take appropriate action. Here are specific problems and concrete recommendations to improve the handling of complaints and ensure that migrants' human rights are respected.

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