End Family Detention

familydetention-dilley kidsThe Obama Administration massively expanded the use of family detention in the summer of 2014 in response to the significant increase of children and families fleeing violence and instability in the Northern Triangle of Central America. Over 68,000 family units entered the United States in fiscal year 2014, and the United States is now holding thousands of mothers and children in facilities throughout the country. Since June of last year, more than 4,800 mothers and children have been booked into detention centers, and many have been in custody for more than ten months. The average age of a child in detention is just 6 years old. First Focus is one of several organizations calling on the Administration to end the practice of detaining vulnerable children and families.

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1000s of mothers & children are locked up for seeking safety for their families in U.S. @POTUS @DHSgov Sec. Johnson, #EndFamilyDetention
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