It’s the holiday season, and while most of us plan to spend it with our friends and relatives, eating dinner together and unwrapping presents, thousands of families are still being kept apart. More than 14,000 immigrant children are currently detained in federal immigration custody.
Like many of us, Michelle and Kristen come from immigrant families, and felt the pull to offer aid and assistance to these children and their families who are currently being kept apart.
So we’ve connected with The National Center for Youth Law, a non-profit organization based in Oakland that advocates for immigrant children nationwide. Their team makes frequent visits to centers in New York, Virginia, Texas, and California to document conditions and advocate for the children’s well-being. NCYL attorneys are also currently litigating multiple lawsuits to challenge the practices and policies that unlawfully prolong detention and keep families apart.
The NCYL team is currently working with seven children who represent thousands of similarly situated children. These youth, Lucas, Daniela Marisol, Gabriela, Miguel Angel, Jaime, Sirena, and Benjamin, were detained for an extended period of time, kept in unnecessarily restrictive environments, and unlawfully administered psychotropic medication. You can learn more about five of their stories here.
Our goal is to raise $15,000 to support NCYL’s legal advocacy work on behalf of immigrant children.