Update on the Campaign to End Family Detention - September 2015

Take Action and Urge the Obama Administration to End Family Detention

Update on the Campaign to End Family Detention - September  2015
At the Rally to #EndFamilyDetention in Dilley, Texas, on May 2, 2015.

United Methodist Women has joined faith groups and legal- and immigrant rights organization in a call to end the jailing of women and children who have come to the United States fleeing violence in their home countries and are detained on civil immigration charges. Below is an update on the status of women and children detained by Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Despite a judge ordering the October 2015 release of women and children from detention, family detention will continue and numbers are increasing, as appeals make their way through the courts. We need to educate and mobilize to urge the Obama Administration to end all family detention now and to end contracts with private prison companies that profit from detention, electronic monitors and other aspects of the criminalization of immigrant families. You can order the free video No Sanctuary from Learn about how to take action and download postcards at

Update on Family Detention:

  • On July 24, U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee in Los Angeles ruled that the Obama administration’s family detention policy violates an 18-year-old court settlement regarding the detention of migrant children. Gee called the detention centers and temporary holding cells along the border “deplorable” and said they “failed to meet even the minimal standard” for “safe and sanitary” conditions. The judge gave federal officials until October 23 to comply with her order by releasing thousands of detained children with their mothers.
  • On September 18, the Justice Department filed an appeal with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Jeh Johnson made the case that DHS is complying with the court ruling by limiting the time that families are held. He says that the government is turning the residential centers into short-term “processing centers.”
  • 2,450 parents and children are now held in three family detention centers, two in Texas and one in Berks County, Pennsylvania.
  • The majority of women released from jail with their children are issued electronic ankle monitors to track them. These are dehumanizing, painful, heavy devices which burn the skin and require women to be “plugged in” for hours each day to recharge. They are not an acceptable “alternative to detention.” The company making the monitors under ICE contract is BI Inc., a subsidiary of GEO Group.
Take action now and join the Campaign to End Family Detention.

Posted or updated: 9/29/2015 11:00:00 PM

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*Campaign to End Family Detention info page

*Program Advisory Group Members Reflect on D.C. Witness Against Family Detention

*United Methodist Women Joins March to End Family Detention

*Read the Press Release on the 10 days of action 

*Read the Press Release on the rally in Texas 

For more information and opportunities contact:

Carol Barton, United Methodist Women Immigrant & Civil Rights Initiative
777 United Nations Plaza, 11th floor
New York, NY 10017