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No Child Should Ever be Detained

From the rally at Karnes County family detention center

No child should ever be detained. That is why I was part of the rally at Karnes County family detention center on Saturday, October 11, 2014. I was asked to say a few words at closing prayer of the rally. I told the more than 120 who attended the rally that United Methodist Women was working to do away with child detention. I also told them I was thankful that United Methodist Women has such a strong stance for the rights of immigrants.

The rally at the Karnes detention center brought back many memories and challenges about family detention. In the morning I ran into many friends who worked hard to close down another for-profit detention center a few years ago (Hutto Detention Center in Taylor, Texas).

While working to close that detention center we also advocated for the U.S. ratification of the U. N. Convention on the Rights of the Child. While that was not accomplished, with all the new for-profit detention centers being built, we must speak out on why the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child has not been signed by the U.S. Had it been signed, children would not be allowed to be in detention, and for-profit centers would not be making record profits. At this time, another large for-profit family detention center in Dilly, Texas, is set to open. United Methodist Women and all people who put the interest of children first must oppose these for-profit centers and support the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child.

--Cindy Johnson

| 11/1/2014 10:43:37 AM | 0 comments
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