Migrant Children

44 petitions

Started 3 months ago

Petition to City of Tucson, Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Refugee Resettlement, The Dunbar Pavilion

Create a city ordinance that restricts for-profit detention facilities in Tucson

The Dunbar Coalition has recently leased a space for VisionQuest, the for-profit organization known for violating the human rights of at risk youth. Their website states that, "VisionQuest has contracted with the Department of Health and Human Services, the Administration for Children and Families, and the Office of Refugee Resettlement" to "facilitate educational services on the property between the hours of 8am and 3pm, Monday-Friday". Dunbar Coalition has leased the historic side of the Dunbar Pavilion, which was once Tucson's segregated school---how ironic that the same thing will happen in the very building that was liberated from those conditions. Considering the decades of disreputable behavior by VisionQuest, it is extremely problematic that unaccompanied minors are now under their care. VisionQuest has a long and well documented history of physical and sexual abuse coupled with neglect of the medical and mental health needs of children who have experienced significant trauma. With so much evidence of abuse it seems that these problems are ingrained into the culture of VisionQuest. Communities across the nation have protested against the inhumane and unsafe conditions that VisionQuest creates. The Dunbar Coalition and the City of Tucson should give an intense amount of scrutiny to this organization which was assessed by the Department of Justice to have violated the constitutional rights of children. The Dunbar Coalition has provided little information to the community regarding the contract. This information is paramount, considering that the people they serve will have minimal ability to advocate for themselves. The Coalition Against VisionQuest are asking for the following:  1.   A city ordinance that restricts for-profit detention facilities in Tucson. 2.   The formation of a Community Oversight Committee for VisionQuest at the Dunbar Pavilion 3.   A meeting with community leaders, tenants of the Dunbar, and the board of directors 4.   A letter acknowledging that the board understands the history of VisionQuest 5.   A copy of the contract which will indicate increased oversight measures 6.   An assessment of the legality of VisionQuest's contract with the Dunbar Coalition by the City of Tucson's Planning Commission 7.   Prevent the Department of Health and Human Services, the Administration for Children and Families, and the Office of Refugee Resettlement from contracting with VisionQuest in the future   Thank you for your attention and response to this issue! In solidarity,   The Coalition Against VisionQuest Mass Liberation Arizona Living United for Change in Arizona Juveniles for Justice Juvenile Law Center    

Coalition Against VisionQuest
699 supporters
Update posted 10 months ago

Petition to Department of Homeland Security

Stop tearing families apart

The Trump Administration recently began implementing a new “zero tolerance” prosecution policy that has separated hundreds of immigrant children, including infants and toddlers, from their parents upon arriving at the border. These families are often fleeing horrific violence, and parents are doing everything they can to protect their children by coming to the United States. Taking these children from their parents is inhumane, unnecessary, and unacceptable. Sign our petition and demand that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) stop tearing immigrant children from their parents. Under Attorney General Sessions’ new policy, adults arriving at the border outside of designated ports of entry will be criminally prosecuted and sent to U.S. Marshal Service custody to await prosecution, and then transferred to immigration detention to await immigration proceedings. Children cannot be kept in adult detention facilities and will be rendered “unaccompanied,” transferred to the Office of Refugee Resettlement, and placed in different facilities and shelters for children, sometimes several states away from their parents. Pediatricians and child welfare professionals have spoken out forcefully about the significant and enduring trauma forced separations inflict on children and their families. Family separation also creates challenges for children seeking legal protection, who must now prepare their cases with only limited access to information and documentation from their parents that could help to prove their claims. As a result, children may be unable to support their cases for asylum and be returned to harm or death in their home countries. There is no law that compels the separation of children from their parents, and the Administration can and should immediately halt policies that embrace this cruel and unnecessary practice. This ruthless and brutish targeting and treatment of particularly vulnerable children and families is being done in the name of all Americans. Join us in calling on DHS to immediately stop separating immigrant families.

Kids In Need of Defense
800,879 supporters
Update posted 11 months ago

Petition to Carroll County GA, Carroll County, Carroll County Commissioners, Carrollton Ga

Stop Migrant Detention Facility from coming to Carroll County, GA

URGENT!!!!!!!!!!!!! On Friday, July 5th, the Times-Georgian ran a extensive article detailing how Carroll County is being considered for future site of a migrant detention center capable of holding up to 500 children. We have read detailed stories of inhumane treatment of the people who are held at these camps at the hands of private companies and the Trump administration. We are asking folks to show up at the next Carroll County Commission Board meeting and express our overwhelming concern and disapproval of this to our elected officials, and inquire as to what they are actively doing to prevent this from taking place here in our community. You can find a link to the Facebook Event Group organized by the Carroll County GA Democrats here:  Please take the time to share this event. There will be a Carroll County Commissioners Board meeting taking place on August 6th, at 6pm at the old Carroll County Courthouse located at : 311 Newnan Street, Carrollton, GA, 30117 PLEASE SHOW UP TO EXPRESS YOUR DISAPPROVAL!!!! CALL CARROLL COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND LET THEM KNOW THAT WE CANNOT LET THIS HAPPEN IN OUR COMMUNITY AND THAT WE DO NOT STAND FOR THE INHUMANE TREATMENT OF HUMAN BEINGS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES: George Chambers: 404-473-2846 Montrell McClendon: 404-387-8823 Clint Chance: 404-313-4990 Tommy Lee: 678-633-4954  

Ariel Nix
1,523 supporters