DOJ: The Deaths & Abuse Must Stop! Improve Medical Care in Detention Centers

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With an estimated 15,000 children still held in immigration detention facilities in the US, the top complaint people in detention centers have reported is medical neglect or abuse. Thousands of children have reported instances of sexual abuse. Children sleep on concrete floors, and yesterday, we learned Justice Department lawyers said children don’t need soap or toothbrushes.

In the last two years, more than 22 people have died in detention centers in the United States, including six children. Most recently reported, 16-year-old Carlos Gregorio Hernández Vásquez from Guatemala died at a detention centre in Texas in May. These deaths could have been prevented with appropriate and timely medical care. Everyone deserves the right to appropriate medical care.

It is imperative that the Department of Justice and President Trump address this health care crisis immediately.

Sign the petition to be the voice of the voiceless in detention centers, and urge the DOJ and President Trump to improve health care conditions for migrants in detention centers.