31 petitions

Update posted 10 months ago

Petition to Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen

Keep them together! Stop separating children from their families at the U.S. border.

The New York Times reported that since October 2017 more than 700 children have been separated along the southwest border from adults claiming to be their parents, including 100 children under the age of 4. Many of these children remain in custody indefinitely apart from their parents. “Needlessly ripping kids, toddlers, babies away from their parents is inhumane, barbaric and unconstitutional. An Administration that purports to uphold family values is callously inflicting devastating trauma on children and families in service of its punitive immigration policies,” said Sandy Santana, Executive Director of Children’s Rights. In an amicus brief filed in March on behalf of an asylum seeker separated from her seven-year old daughter, Children’s Rights explained that the traumatic stress that a child experiences when needlessly separated from a parent may have life-long consequences because it can disrupt the development of brain architecture and other organ systems and increase the risk of stress-related diseases and cognitive impairment well into the adult years. You can read more about the amicus brief here.Children’s Rights will work with its partners to continue to advocate for immigrant children separated from their families. As Christina Remlin, Lead Attorney and author of our amicus brief put it: “How can we tuck our children in at night, knowing that our government is doing this to other parents who love theirs as much as we do? How do we inflict such cruel trauma on children?” Please sign and share our petition to Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Kirstjen M. Nielsen. About Children’s Rights Every day, children are harmed by America’s broken child welfare, juvenile justice, education, and healthcare systems. Through relentless strategic advocacy and legal action, we hold governments accountable for keeping kids safe and healthy. Children’s Rights has made a lasting impact, protecting hundreds of thousands of vulnerable children and we are poised to help millions more. They are depending on us…and you.    

Children's Rights
207,751 supporters
Update posted 11 months ago

Petition to Veteran Service Corps Board

Terminate the detention of Asylum Seekers at the US Border

Veteran Service Corps is engaged in building toward an equitable world through maximizing the training, education, experience, and talents of the veteran community.  VSC volunteers support human and civil rights, facilitate sustainable solutions that improve our communities, provide the infrastructure necessary to address complex systemic problems, and build capacity in others through camaraderie, teamwork and service. The detention of asylum applicants and their children on the southern border of the United States is equivalent to concentration camps, slavery and the internment of Japanese-Americans.  The incarceration of these families is immoral and is reminiscent of black site operations undertaken in the past. The United States as a beacon of hope for those fleeing tyranny in the pursuit of peace and justice is what is at stake.  Our American legacy for protection of the defenseless and assistance to the needy should be offered to these refugees as it was to our ancestors.  The board of directors of Veteran Service Corps, and the individual signees affixed hereto, respectfully petition the government of the United States to immediately halt the current border crisis and replace it with a policy of respect for the human rights of these immigration aspirants and end detention of asylum applicants. The honor of the country and the American people demands nothing less. The Board of Directors of Veteran Service Corps Christopher Duesing, President Nancy A. Hoffman, Vice-President/ acting Treasurer David Andrews, Secretary J. Pate Hutson, Director Brandon Boucher, Director Maureen Walsh, Director  

Veteran Service Corps
962 supporters
Started 2 years ago

Petition to John Kerry (United States Secretary of State), Council of the European Union, António Guterres, European Parliament, European Commission

Demand the immediate release of human rights defender Hasan Safadi

Israeli occupation forces arrested Journalist, human rights defender and Addameer Media Coordinator Hasan Safadi while he was crossing Al Karameh Bridge on 01/05/2016, where he was on his way home back from an Arab Youth Conference in Tunisia, which tackled various human rights and social issues in the region. During interrogation, Hasan Safadi was subjected to sleep deprivation, long interrogation sessions, being placed into stress positions with hands tied throughout the interrogation, threats, shouting, and lack of adequate food. Additionally, he was denied access to an attorney for 10 days (12 – 22 May 2016) as well as family visitation.  Occupation authorities issued a gag order against the case of Safadi and conducted closed hearing sessions. The prosecution inflated accusations against Safadi, despite the fact that it was evident there was no adequate evidence to keep him detained. Safadi was set to be released on 10 June 2016 based on a decision from the Magistrate Court in Jerusalem, on a bail of 2500 NIS and third-party guarantees. Later on the same day, Israeli Minister Avigdor Lieberman signed a 6-month administrative detention order against Safadi, which effectively overrode the court’s decision for his release. The public prosecution claimed that Safadi is affiliated with an illegal organization and has visited an enemy state (Lebanon) more than one time. It also claimed that he has illegal activities without specifying the details of these activities, in addition to claiming that he is affiliated with other detainees without identifying the names of these detainees.  Safadi was initially ordered to six months detention without charge or trial on 10 June 2016, and the order was set to end on 8 December 2016. However, the order was renewed for an additional six months (ending on 08 June 2017).  On 8 June 2017, occupation authorities renewed Safadi's detention for an additional 6 months for the second time. The new order is from 09 June - 08 December 2017.  We strongly urge you to take an immediate action against continued detention of Safadi, which is part of the continued attack on Palestinian journalists and media activists, some of whom are held under administrative detention without charge or trial. We urge international action to pressure Israel to release Hasan Safadi, who is being held as a political hostage by the Israeli government.

Addameer Prisoner Support & Human Rights Association
722 supporters