• Rights & Justice

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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. 
    Me han Detendo o Deportado: Que Pasara con mis hijos o hijas? (Parental Rights Toolkit | Spanish, Interactive) thumbnail

    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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    WRC's analysis of ICE's Parental Interests Directive

    Helping Families Caught Between the Immigration and Child Welfare Systems

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's long-awaited directive, “Facilitating Parental Interests in the Course of Civil Immigration Enforcement Activities,” inspires cautious optimism for thousands of mothers who could face permanent separation from their children.
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    Guide for Detained and Removed Parents with Child Custody Concerns

    This easy-to-use guide provides parents with basic steps they can take to protect their parental rights; information on family court proceedings, parent-child visitation and coordinating care of children; and helpful ICE resources for detainees. ICE has made this guide available in the law libraries of all immigration detention facilities housing adults for more than 72 hours.

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