In the summer of 2018, the Trump Administration implemented a “zero-tolerance” prosecution policy at the southern border and forcibly separated thousands of immigrant children from their parents. Nearly 40 of these families, though reunified, are languishing in prolonged detention at the South Texas Family Residential Center (STFRC) in Dilley, Texas. Our partners at the Dilley Pro Bono Project, with the help of hundreds of volunteers, provide legal assistance to these families and daily bear witness to the trauma they have faced, and continue to face, at the hands of the U.S. government.
Twenty-two of these mothers wrote letters to the public about being forcibly separated from their children by the government, and their prolonged detainment. We invite you to read their stories, share them, and follow AILA National (@AILANational) and the American Immigration Council (@immcouncil) on Twitter.
As of November 30, 2018, these families were released from detention to continue their journeys toward long-term safety in the United States.
Watch our "Letters from Family Separation" video highlighting the voices of previously-separated mothers.