This month, the Global Campaign to End Immigration Detention of Children led by International Detention Coalition and to which DU Campaign and Terre des Hommes are partners will focus on sharing information about children and families in immigration detention in the United States.

On May 10th the US celebrated Mother’s Day. However many mothers were separated from their children or forced to watch their sons and daughters suffer behind bars, locked in immigration detention.

The US has one of the largest infrastructures for immigration detention in the world. The government operates over 200 immigration detention facilities, with certain centers specifically dedicated to detaining children and their parents.

Since 2013, the US government has expanded family detention by more than 30 times. The US had stopped using large-scale family detention in 2009, but returned to the harmful practice in 2014 as part of a misguided response to the increased arrival of children from Central American fleeing violence in their home countries.

There is no humane way to detain children and families. Instead, the US must work with other governments to develop regional solutions. Learn more by reading the United States Country Profile.

Sign the petition to call for an END to Immigration Detention of Children and Families.

Currently there are only 2 UN member states that haven’t ratified the Child Rights Convention:

  1. Somalia (in the process to ratify the Convention)
  2. and the U.S.  On the 25th anniversary of the CRC, Terre des Hommes addressed a letter to President Obama to urge him to send the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) to the U.S. Senate for ratification. A letter, remaining to date unanswered.
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