The fight to #EndFamilyDetention gains momentum

Momentum to end family detention is growing quickly, due to a number of recent actions by detained women, faith leaders, legal groups, scholars, and activists. In case you've missed it, here are some of the biggest developments:

  • In August 2014 Dean Luis Zayas of the UT Austin School of Social Work interviewed families detained at the Karnes Detention Center as part of larger research on the impacts of detention and deportation on children. He recently released a statement, (You can read it here), specifically on the harm he observed detention is causing to the psychological, educational, and emotional well-being of families at Karnes.

  • On March 23, a San Antonio paralegal, Victoria Rossi, was banned from Karnes after writing a story in the Observer about her first-hand experience supporting the asylum-seeking women at Karnes.

  • 20 women at Karnes released this statement that was read at March 24th protests in multiple U.S. cities calling for an end to family detention in honor of Monseñor Romero.

  • On March 26, ABA President William Hubbard sent a letter to the Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, regarding the ABA's concerns about expansion of immigration detention, including detention of women and children seeking protection as refugees.

  • Last week, 80 Catholic Bishops, Lutheran Bishops and other Christian and Jewish faith leaders signed a letter to the Obama administration calling for the closure of detention camps in Dilley and Karnes and an end to the detention of refugee families.

  • Last Monday, nearly 80 mothers detained at Karnes Detention Center signed a letter (translated here) announcing a Holy Week Fast calling for their freedom and bringing attention to the conditions in which their children are being held, during which they would not eat, work, or use any facility services.