Right now, the U.S. government is holding more than 2,000 migrant children in detention in Homestead, Florida – a direct legacy of the administration’s family separation policy, which tore thousands of kids from their parents and warehoused them in Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) facilities across the country.
By targeting these kids’ relatives and adult sponsors and sharing their data with immigration enforcement, the Trump administration has made it almost impossible for many children to be released. Also, by labeling Homestead an “emergency influx” facility, the administration has sidestepped licensing requirements that would ordinarily protect children.
You can take action to end this child detention travesty now.
UUSC, in coalition with the Unitarian Universalist Association, Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice, the American Friends Service Committee, and others, are calling for a Week of Action to close Homestead and end child detention. Even if you’re not able to participate in person, there are ways to get involved online! And please follow UUSC and partners on social media to see our actions in real-time.
1.) Call your Members of Congress
We are also asking Congress to show leadership in the face of this human rights emergency. Call your Representatives and Senators and share with them the following message:
Hello, my name is [First, Last], and I’m a constituent living in [City, State]. I’m calling because I’m deeply concerned that our government is holding children in detention in Homestead, Florida. I ask you to end this unjust practice by supporting the Shut Down Child Prison Camps Act (H.R.1069/ S.397), which would end the use of emergency influx facilities, and the Families, Not Facilities Act (H.R.2217/ S.388), which would prevent the administration from interfering with family reunifications by targeting the sponsors of unaccompanied minors.
2.) March and Rally for Children: Actions
Join us for on-the-ground actions in Washington, D.C. and Homestead, Florida during the week of action:
Sunday, June 9, Washington, D.C.: Where Are the Children?
Time: 10:00 am to 5:45 pm
National Mall, between 12th and 14th Street
Washington, DC 20001
Wednesday, June 12, Washington, D.C.: March for Hope
Time: 2:00 pm
100 Maryland Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002
We’ll be gathering at the United Methodist building (100 Maryland Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002) at 1 PM for art and sign-making, following by a press conference and a march to the Department of Health and Human Services, where we’ll be delivering the signatures of the thousands of people who have signed the petition to close Homestead and end child detention.
Saturday, June 15, Miami, Florida: American Friends Service Committee & Allies Session
3 – 6 PM: Training/Strategy Session and Community Building
6 – 8 PM: Solidarity Dinner, Action Briefing, and Sign-making
8 – 9 PM: Interfaith Service/Havdalah
Sunday, June 16, Homestead, Florida: March to End Child Detention
Hosted by AFSC and partners
Time: 2:00-5:00 pm
920 Bougainville Blvd.
Homestead, FL 33039
3.) Facebook Show of Solidarity: Profile Frame
We’ve made a UUSC-branded Facebook profile frame to call for an end to Migrant Child Detention. Show your solidarity and support by following the steps below:
- Go to www.facebook.com/profilepicframes.
- Search for our frame by typing “UUSC” in the search bar.
- Select the UUSC frame, adjust your photo as needed, and click Use as Profile Picture.
Learn more about Homestead and related issues
- UUSC Blog: Homestead: Who’s Profiting from Detaining Kids?
- UUSC Guest Blog: Homes Instead: My Look Inside the Homestead Migrant Child Detention Center
- Washington Post: Trump administration cancels English classes, soccer, legal aid for unaccompanied child migrants in U.S. shelters
- Washington Post: HHS to house thousands of unaccompanied minor migrants on military bases and at Texas facility