Children Separated at the Border
The government is reluctantly allowing attorneys and child advocates to interview children separated from their parents at Casa Padre in Brownsville, Texas on July 12-13, 2018.
Approximately 1,000 children separated from their parents at the border are being held there and attorneys representing the Flores class have the right to interview every single one of them under the 1997 consent decree.
Advocates will have just two days to conduct over 1,000 interviews. This translates into at least 100 attorneys and child welfare professionals in a massive effort to determine the identity of these children, where they came from and why, and any information about their parents and family members. Many of these children have suffered significant trauma and need specialized care and treatment.
Legal Advocates, Trauma Specialists, and Medical Experts
We are assembling teams of top legal advocates, trauma specialists, and medical experts to provide professional assessment and treatment for these #BorderChildren.
Private citizens are not allowed to meet with these children and only a limited number of attorneys and support staff will be allowed access. All the teams will be working for free. Dontions are being used only to help fund overhead and travel expenses.
This critical effort is aimed at gathering as much information as possible to provide the federal court overseeing the Flores case with the facts necessary to facilitate prompt family reunification and the best possible care and treatment of these children.
Your Support is Needed
The federal courts have a crucial role in preserving the rule of law and protecting the rights of #BorderChildren and their families. The interviews on July 12 and 13 will be followed with other similar interventions across the country wherever children are being held. Only through vigorous legal action supported by essential facts about every single child involuntarily separated from their parents at the border can justice be obtained for those without a voice.
Your financial contribution to make this happen is critical. Thank you for your support. 100% of your donation will go directly to underwrite this important effort.
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Kids on the Line
#BorderChildren face abuse and neglect along with physical and emotional harm in government detention facilities. Read this excellent coverage by Reveal, the Center for Investigative Reporting. Your donation will help ensure that these kids get legal representation and advocacy.