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Kids Allege Medical Neglect, Frigid Cells, and Rotten Burritos in Border Detention – VICE News

“Another organization that filed a complaint with DHS, Americans for Immigrant Justice, provided exclusive data compiled from screenings of more than 2,300 children detained by CBP last year. Half of them described ‘cold temperatures’ in holding facilities, nearly a third said they were held for longer than the 72 hours allowed under the law, and around 15 percent reported ‘lack …

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Reports of ‘atrocious’ treatment of immigrant children in the United States grow – World Nation News

“Immigrant advocates in the United States filed a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) denouncing the continuing abuse and ‘appalling treatment’ of immigrant children, Americans for Immigrant Justice (AI Justice) reported Thursday. The humanitarian group lamented that the irregularities reported by 70% of the children they interviewed in 2021 continue, who ‘reported experiencing conditions or abuse’ while in …

Immigration Advocates File Complaints Protesting the Treatment of Children in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Custody

For Immediate ReleaseContacts: Jennifer Anzardo Valdes, Director, AI Justice’s Children’s Legal Program, janzardo@aijustice.orgMaite Garcia, Supervising Attorney, AI Justice’s Children’s Legal Program, mgarcia@aijustice.org Miami, FL (April 7, 2022) – Yesterday, Americans for Immigrant Justice (AI Justice) filed a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) detailing patterns of abuse and mistreatment of immigrant children in CBP custody at …

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Consistent Failure to Comply with the Terms of the Flores Settlement Agreement and Their Own Standards on the Transport, Escort, Detention, and Search of Unaccompanied Children

April 6, 2022 Americans for Immigrant Justice (AI Justice), on behalf of their clients, submit this administrative complaint to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) detailing Customs and Border Protection (CBP)’s failure to adhere to their own standards on the Transport, Escort, Detention and Search (TEDS)1 of Unaccompanied Children (UC) as well as their failure to comply with the terms …

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73 organizations urge Governor DeSantis to continue to license shelters caring for unaccompanied children

December 20, 2021 Governor DeSantis: The 73 undersigned experts in child welfare and well-being write to you with alarm regarding your September 28 Executive Order and the state’s subsequent December 10 emergency rule related to unaccompanied children who reside in group homes and with foster families in Florida. As organizations based in Florida and around the country, we urge you …

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Child Clients Still Face Insurmountable Challenges

Published August 26, 2021 For most of 2020, children arriving alone at our border were expelled in violation of a federal law requiring that they have their day in court before removal. On February 2, 2021 the Biden administration reversed that directive and our local ORR facilities are once again filling up with children in need of legal services. Below are …

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The Race to Dismantle Trump’s Immigration Policies – The New Yorker

By Sarah Stillman, The New Yorker “Maria, in Miami, knows that her fate depends, in part, on how quickly Biden transforms asylum policy. Noemi Samuel Del Rosario, a lawyer at Americans for Immigrant Justice, which is working with the Door to fight Maria’s removal, told me that she hopes Biden will go further than ending the Migrant Protection Protocols; he …

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Unaccompanied migrant children suffer ‘inhumane and cruel experience’ in CBP custody, report alleges – The Washington Post

By Teo Armus, The Washington Post “‘My head hurt and it burned for a good while. I thought this country was decent but after this happened, I felt horrible,’ said Eduardo, according to a report published on Friday by Americans for Immigrant Justice, a nonprofit legal organization in Miami. ‘I would never wish this on another kid that passes through there.’ …

AI Justice Releases Groundbreaking Report “Do My Rights Matter: The Mistreatment of Unaccompanied Children in CBP Custody”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  October 30, 2020 Contact: Jennifer Anzardo Valdes, janzardo@aijustice.org MIAMI, FL – During the past decade, tens of thousands of children have made the difficult decision to flee their countries and seek protection here. They are fleeing vicious gang violence, rape and other horrific abuses, many seeing flight as the only way to survive. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is …