Thursday, September 19, 2019
In the videos below, artists, lawyers, advocates, and immigrants read the sworn testimonies of children held in detention facilities at the U.S. / Mexico Border.
This project is part of a national campaign to establish legal protections for immigrant children held in U.S. government facilities.
The 1997 Flores Settlement Agreement sets a limit on the length of time a child can be detained, requires that they be held in the least restrictive area possible, and guarantees access to basic hygiene supplies, adequate nutrition, and appropriate clothing.
In June 2019, a team of lawyers who work as independent monitors of the detention facilities took more than 60 testimonies from children detailing lengthy stays, ongoing family separations, and dirty, unsafe conditions.
These sworn testimonies were submitted as exhibits in a motion for a Temporary Restraining Order filed by the National Center for Youth Law. The motion seeks to provide immediate relief to children living without access to basic hygiene supplies and adequate nutrition or sleep.
The Trump administration recently announced a proposal to eliminate the Flores Settlement Agreement entirely, allowing indefinite detention and eliminating independent oversight of DHS facilities. The need to raise awareness, organize, and take action is urgent.