Update on Family Detention Centers

child detention

Berks Detention Center in Pennsylvania

Berks Detention Center in PA was denied expansion and warned of a shut down by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services.

Karnes and Dilley Detention Centers in Texas

Action is needed asking The Department of Family and Protective Services NOT to license the Karnes and Dilley Centers as child care facilities.  Simply put, the department is dropping it’s 350 page manual and making an exception in order to license these centers. Their policy is NOT being changed with the interest of children in mind. Please call the Department of Family and Protective Services and ask that they not license the jailing of children.

Call-in Number: (361) 878-3617
Sample Call-in Script: “Hi, I am a Catholic  and am calling to ask that the department NOT license the two family immigration detention centers in Karnes and Dilley as child care facilities. Since these centers have opened in Texas in 2014, numerous reports have called the conditions there inappropriate, neglectful and abusive to the children and families detained inside. As the agency responsible for protecting the health, safety, and well-being of children, I would hope that you would halt the licensing process for Karnes and Dilley immediately.”


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