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This toolkit is for detained and deported immigrant and undocumented parents, as well as their allies: officials, attorneys, service providers, friends and family members. It provides crucial information they need to protect and maintain parental rights and make well-informed, critical decisions regarding the care and welfare of their children. It includes information on how to get a lawyer, how to stay in touch with children, and how to participate in family court or child welfare hearings.
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Violence in three Central American countries is the primary reason behind a dramatic upsurge in the number of unaccompanied immigrant children crossing the border into the United States, and until conditions in these countries change substantially, this trend will be the new norm. The U.S. government is responsible for protecting children who are apprehended alone or without caregivers but has struggled to deal with the influx.
Washington, DC – Refugee, policy and legal experts held a press call today to review the Obama Administration’s emergency supplemental request to respond to the increase in children fleeing Central America and seeking protection in the United States (as well as other countries in the region).
Immigration enforcement is on the rise. Immigrant parents can and should take steps to prepare for the possibility of separation from their children. This will increase the likelihood that they can reunify with their children if they are detained or deported.
Please note that this information is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. It is always advisable to seek the assistance of an attorney. If you try to access government services (including applying for a passport, talking with your children’s school or going before a court) you could risk arrest if your state has passed anti-immigrant legislation. Please make decisions carefully and, if possible, ask someone with legal status to help you.
Immigrant parents can and should take steps to prepare for the possibility of separation from their children. This will increase the likelihood that they can reunify with their children if they are detained or deported.
Los padres inmigrantes pueden y deben tomar pasos para prepararse para la posibilidad de separación de sus hijos. Esto aumentará la probabilidad de que puedan reunirse con sus hijos si son detenidos o expulsados.
This easy-to-use guide provides parents with basic steps they can take to protect their parental rights; information on family court proceedings, parent-child visitation and coordinating care of children; and helpful ICE resources for detainees. ICE has made this guide available in the law libraries of all immigration detention facilities housing adults for more than 72 hours.
The amount of money the federal government spends on immigration enforcement has skyrocketed in recent years. It now spends more on immigration enforcement than on all major federal criminal law enforcement agencies combined. Read more...
Remarks made by Michelle Brané, the Director of the WRC's Migrant Rights & Justice program, on Receiving the Eleventh Annual Daniel Levy Memorial Award.
While conditions for children in DCS custody are more appropriate for children, DCS still fails to implement fully a “best interest of the child” approach. Facilities range from foster care programs to group homes, shelters and institutional juvenile detention centers. Confinement facilities are locked and surrounded by barbed wire. Children remain in DCS custody for an average of 55 days until a parent or guardian can be located. If there is no guardian available to release the child to, the child remains in DCS custody for the duration of his/her immigration case. While ORR/DCS has taken positive steps in providing child welfare-centered care, it continues to over-rely on confinement facilities—ranging from lock-up shelters to secure juvenile justice facilities.
This report details findings from an assessment of the Etowah County Detention Center in Alabama, which houses both criminal inmates and immigrant detainees. The Women's Refugee Commission found that, disturbingly, the conditions of confinement at Etowah do not meet ICE's OWN detention standards. Read more...