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  1. Child Held at Berks Immigration Center Freed

    by , 08-07-2017 at 03:51 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Amnesty International USA: Child Held at Berks Immigration Center Freed
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    August 7, 2017
    CONTACT: media@aiusa.org

    In an extraordinary move, three-year old Josué was freed from Berks County Residential Center in Pennsylvania today after being granted release by an immigration judge. He and his 28-year-old mother Teresa fled kidnapping threats and physical and sexual assault in Honduras before arriving in the US seeking asylum. They have been imprisoned at Berks for over 16 months. Josué has spent over half his life in detention, learning to walk and talk in confinement.

    Amnesty International USA launched a campaign in June to end the detention of children and their parents held at family detention facilities like Berks County Residential Center. Currently, there are dozens of children and parents jailed at Berks, one of three such family detention centers, which are akin to jails, in the United States. At least 3 other families at Berks have been held for more than 600 days.

    “Today’s decision is welcome but temporary relief for Josué and his mother. We will continue to fight to ensure that people with asylum claims are given a fair hearing and humane treatment,” said Eric Ferrero, deputy executive director of Amnesty International USA. “The families held at Berks fled horrific violence in their home countries, only to be put behind bars in the United States. This senseless imprisonment goes against our country’s shared values of equality and dignity. Immigration and Customs Enforcement should release the remaining families and the Department of Homeland Security must shut down family detention centers like Berks once and for all.”

    Many of the families held at Berks come from a region known as the Northern Triangle of Central America, which includes El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. The Northern Triangle is an area widely recognized for its extreme levels of violence and insecurity, which Amnesty has documented extensively.

    This statement can be found online at https://www.amnestyusa.org/press-rel...-center-freed/

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    Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning global movement of more than 7 million people who campaign for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied
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