March 18, 2020 PROGRAMMING

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.

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.

 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 discussed this continuing crisis.

Speakers

  • 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, Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, American Bar Association

Additional Resources

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

Want to get involved? 

Check out the ABA's Children's Immigration Law Academy

  1. Children’s Immigration Law Academy (CILA) FACT SHEET
  2. Pro Bono Matters: Working Together to Empower Children Facing Deportation
  3. Immigration Detention in the United States by Agency
  4. PowerPoint Presentation (3/18/2020)

 

About the Webinar Series

As the next presidential election cycle creeps near, and amid a congressional impeachment inquiry, the Administration has further intensified its assault on immigrants.  From a new "public charge" rule that refuses green cards and citizenship to poor immigrants to denying visas to those who lack health insurance to  collecting DNA from detained immigrants for an FBI database, such xenophobic policies undermine constitutional values and democratic principles. 

The Section's Rights of Immigrants Committee is hosting a six-part national lecture series exploring immigration at the intersection of national security law, public international law and US constitutional law, among other legal areas. During these free webinars, legal scholars, practitioners and political commentators will address this deepening crises in our collective pursuit advancing law and justice.  Effective action begins with knowledge and proper understanding.

Co-sponsors:
ABA Commission on Immigration
ABA Criminal Justice Section
ABA Center for Public Interest Law
ABA Section of International Law
ABA Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division
 

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