Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Report: U.S. Held Immigrant Children in Adult Facilities

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"The U.S. government detained 1,366 immigrant children for at least three days in adult detention facilities between 2008 and 2012, according to data obtained by Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC). Nearly 1,000 children were held longer than a week in jails and prisons that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) contracted to hold adults in deportation proceedings.

“It’s a startling revelation,” said NIJC Executive Director Mary Meg McCarthy. “These children were isolated from access to legal counsel and may have been denied protections under U.S. law. It’s beyond time for Congress to step in and hold DHS accountable for an immigration detention system that has gotten too big and out of control.”
 
NIJC filed a Freedom of Information Act request in 2010 seeking information about children held in DHS custody. Pursuant to a federal court litigation settlement