Petition to President of the United States
Children don't belong in cages
The Trump administration is trying to indefinitely imprison immigrant families and children in cages. If he is successful, we’re going to see babies celebrating birthday after birthday from behind a chain link fence – all because their families tried to escape unspeakable violence in their home countries. Join our campaign to end long-term, indefinite detention of immigrant children. Earlier this year, the Trump administration enacted a “zero tolerance” policy, prosecuting and detaining immigrant adults for the “crime” of crossing the U.S. border. Because of a 1997 settlement called Flores, children are not allowed to be detained in prison-like environments such as adult detention facilities for more than 20 days. But now Trump’s new Executive Order would allow for immigrant children to be held in detention indefinitely. The separation of families fleeing violence is cruel and inhumane – but keeping babies in cages indefinitely is much worse. Immigrant detention centers are unsafe for any human being. In the past few years several allegations have surfaced of abuse and sexual assault against detention center guards and we know that people in detention are denied access to basic healthcare services. Already adults are held in these facilities for months on end; it is unimaginable that children would find themselves growing up in these prison-like facilities. If we want to keep families together we should stop prosecuting their parents for making the same decision we would all make: fleeing to the U.S. border to keep our children safe from violence at home. Children don’t belong in cages. Sign our petition to keep them out of long-term detention.
Petition to Kirstjen Nielsen
Do not tear immigrant children away from their mothers
As I sit here on Christmas Eve with my children, all I can think about is the government's plan to begin separating Central American children from their mothers when they cross the US-Mexico border seeking asylum. I have met many of these mothers and children, as an attorney who volunteers at the immigrant detention centers (better known as Baby Jails) in Texas. This shameful practice of jailing asylum seeking mothers and their children began in July 2014 under the Obama administration. Jailing asylum seekers is not a deterrent, because the hell they are fleeing is worse than any hell we can inflict on them in the US. But make no mistake, these are traumatized women and children who desperately need protection. Most of them have fled severe domestic violence or gang violence. The Trump administration plans to begin separating these women from their children, leaving the women to rot in jail after tearing their already traumatized children from their arms. Visiting the detention center in Dilley, Texas in 2015 I met a woman who was raising her 3-year-old brother (their mother had died). The little boy was torn from his sister's hands at the border. The sister and her own son were thrown in Baby Jail while the little boy was placed in foster care. I will never forget the sister, screaming and crying. She could barely tell me what had happened. She had fled her country because her in-laws had enslaved her and were threatening to take her son, after her husband had kicked her in the stomach when she was pregnant with a baby she later miscarried. We heard from the foster care agency that the little boy, like his sister, was inconsolable. Sister and baby were eventually reunited, and they won asylum. These are bona fide asylum seekers. They are human beings. They love their children, just as we love our children. For the Trump administration to judge these women for making the decision to flee their country to save their children's lives is akin to judging Jews for fleeing Nazi Germany. This is not a partisan issue, it is a matter of human decency. Please sign this petition this Christmas to say tearing immigrant families apart is NOT Christian, it is NOT American and it does NOT represent who we are as a country.
Petition to Department of Homeland Security
No More Cages for Children in ICE Detention Centers
In July the Estamos Contigo team of ten, from University of San Francisco School of Education and McAllen 12 went out to work in South Texas with the families and children being released from ICE Detention is McAllen, Texas. During our time with the children, those ages ten and up shared stories of being separated from their parents in cages they called ''La Perrera". In Latin America, "La Perrera" is known as the place where the most vicious dogs are kept. Children spoke of the difficult conditions they experienced in ICE detention. The children that are separated inside ICE facilities are suffering effects of anxiety, stress and fears of ongoing parent separation. The emotional trauma that is imposed on them can have a life long impact on their development. Let's stand together to 1) Stop immigrant children being separated from their parents in ICE detention and 2) Tell Immigration Customs Enforcement to Stop housing children ages ten and up in cages in South Texas Immigration Detention Centers and others that use this same practice. Our immigrant children and families are not criminals and should be received with care as they are fleeing violence and have suffered so much. The picture above was drawn by a child right after being released from ICE detention center in South Texas. Here you see "La Perrera" painted by a child who lived through this experience. We hope you will consider signing this petition so no more children will have to be separated from their parents in ICE detention. #NoMoreCages for children in ICE
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. http://www.childrensrights.org/
Petition to Immigration Court
Release from ICE
The problem is Immigration Customs Enforcement is separating families no matter if migrants came legally or illegally. Immigration is detaining men, women, and children without deportation orders and keeping them in jails as long as they feel to get a order, even if it takes years or indefinite. In my situation, my country does not take back deportees or have reparations agreement, so ICE wants to keep me in prison to find a way to deport me to a country I don't know even if it would cause significant persecution and medical risk. I am detained without proper medical treatment and denied any help or information for resources when asked. ICE detention inmates are not given any opportunities to access program, resources for help, proper jail conditions, and safety conditions. On March 25, 2019, I was arrested and detained by ICE immigration for no crime committed. The reason I was arrested and held is because I have a record dated back over two decades. A record that I had completed my sentence and did not have any record pattern before that one incident or any record offense since for 24 years. With that being said, I am treated like a criminal but not provided a appointed attorney because there is no crime pending or does immigration provide a attorney for detained inmates. Very disappointingly, ICE is seeking to deport me to Thailand a country that I don't even know. My family and I are Laos citizen that fled the War. Our family came legally and approved by the American Embassy. My father was a veteran that served with the USA from 1965-1975. I am a lawful resident of United States since 1978. I don't even speak their Thai language or have no family of origin in that county. Our family and the Khmu indigenous people fled from the genocide, war, violence, killings, and military political control. The Thai government did not want our people in their land and demanded us to go back to our country even with the fear of being killed. The fear of what will happen to me if deported is all I can think of. I have a pulmonary medical diagnose and need to stay here so I can continue to seek proper care. I rededicated my life two decades getting the skills, training, mentoring others, and providing hope in despair through my faith. Last December 2018, I received my A.A in Business with the emphasis in Social Science. Addition to my college degree, I have earned an vocation in Electrical and Masonry skills. If I sign the agreement to return to a country I don't know, it's like signing a death sentence. Is this fair? And deal with the torture of being detained until I give up. This is inhumane? Please sign and share this petition, I just want your help to demand a release from detention and grant relief for withholding of removal "CAT" because of the significant persecution that would happen to me if removed from U.S.A. Request to stay here in the USA and be with my family contributing to the community. PRAY for me. Pray for the men and women detained like me in prison. We are human beings to. We have families, children, and friends that are believing that change will come. This is our home. This is all we know. Stand with me to be released home to my family. Stand with me to keep me here in U.S.. Stand with me by signing this petition and sharing it with others. Thank you, Vilay
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
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.
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: https://www.facebook.com/events/2109276089372632/ 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