WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT... CONDITIONS AT MIGRANT DETENTION CENTERS?
A recent report by the US Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General highlighted the dangerous conditions at migrant detention centers on the US-Mexico border. Both adults and children are often being detained for months in poor conditions, without access to basic health and safety essentials.
The UN rights chief has said, “detaining migrant children may constitute cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment that is prohibited under international law.”
We all have the opportunity to support and protect the people in these detention centers, in a few simple ways.
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Pick up the phone
Many lawmakers across the U.S. are voicing their concerns about the conditions at facilities on the border. To keep the conversation alive, find your state to get the direct line for the House of Representatives or the Senate.
Calling is quicker, more direct, and more impactful than writing a letter, although you can also put pen to paper as an alternative.
Don't know where to start? Check out this how-to guide of what to expect, and make sure you do your own research on what is important to you.
Sponsor a defender
To find more charities working with immigrant families or learn how your dollar goes to work, check out Charity Navigator.
Talk the talk
Are you fluent in Spanish & English and have a phone?
That’s all you need to be a part-time translator for pro-bono attorneys who are representing immigrants on the border. Sign up with Kids in Need of Defense (KIND).
Share like you’re there
Whether you're near or far, as long as you have the internet at your fingertips, you can give a voice to people in detention centers.
Get on Twitter, Snapchat, or Facebook to share stories, verified news, and visuals on behalf of folks on the border.
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