March 18, 2020 IMMIGRATION WEBINAR SERIES

Do We Treat America’s Wartime Detainees Better Than Migrant Children?

According to a new report from the Office of Inspector General of the US Department of Health and Human Services, migrant children fleeing violence in their native countries have experienced severe psychological trauma before and after entering the country when we separated them from their families and placed them in detention facilities pursuant to the Trump Administration’s so-called ‘zero tolerance’ policy.

In another report from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General, investigators found prolonged detention and serious overcrowding in these facilities. In three of the five facilities, for example, government investigators found children had no access to showers and limited access to change of clothes. In two detention centers, children also had no access to hot meals. Additionally, public reporting revealed that some children were molested and/or emotionally and physically abused while in federally-funded-custody. Moreover, while the administration claimed that it would reunite families separated at the border, some government officials conceded that they lacked requisite information to reconnect children with their parents. This webinar discusses this continuing crisis.

According to a new report from the Office of Inspector General of the US Department of Health and Human Services, migrant children fleeing violence in their native countries have experienced severe psychological trauma before and after entering the country when we separated them from their families and placed them in detention facilities pursuant to the Trump Administration’s so-called ‘zero tolerance’ policy.
According to a new report from the Office of Inspector General of the US Department of Health and Human Services, migrant children fleeing violence in their native countries have experienced severe psychological trauma before and after entering the country when we separated them from their families and placed them in detention facilities pursuant to the Trump Administration’s so-called ‘zero tolerance’ policy.

Panelists

  • Alvaro Botero, Member, UN Committee on Migrant Workers
  • Lee Gelernt, Deputy Director, Immigrant Rights Project, ACLU
  • Ryan Vogel, Professor and Director of National Security Studies, Utah Valley University
  • Chloe Walker, Senior Staff Attorney, ABA's Children's Immigration Law Academy (CILA)

Moderator

  • Engy Abdelkader, Chair, Rights of Immigrants Committee, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice

Co-Sponsors: ABA Center for Public Interest LawABA Commission on ImmigrationABA Criminal Justice SectionABA Government and Public Sector Lawyers DivisionABA International Law Section

Resources

Presentation: Chloe Walker

We Treat America’s Wartime Detainees Better Than Migrant Children
Ryan Vogel | Just Security

ABA Children's Immigration Law Academy

Children’s Immigration Law Academy (CILA) FACT SHEET

Pro Bono Matters: Working Together to Empower Children Facing Deportation

Immigration Detention in the United States by Agency

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