Call on the USA to stop separating asylum seeking parents and children 

 

USA:
STOP SEPARATING AND DETAINING FAMILIES

Children are being torn from their parents and kept in overcrowded shelters.

 
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CHILDREN NEED TO BE REUNITED WITH THEIR PARENTS 

The U.S. government has been forcibly separating families seeking safety in the U.S. These families are fleeing persecution and horrific violence, often from Central America.

Instead of being able to ask for asylum with dignity and security, they are treated cruelly. Children are taken from their parents at the border and put into government-run shelters, often hundreds of miles away from their parents, even when the parents have documentation proving their relationship to their children.

President Trump signed an executive order on June 20th that he claims would end family separation. This order does nothing to end the policy of family separation or reunite the over 2,000 children who have been forcibly separated from their parents and doesn’t stop the policy of prosecuting families seeking safety.

THE USA IS FLAGRANTLY  
VIOLATING HUMAN RIGHTS

Amnesty International staff recently conducted a research mission along the U.S. southern border. The preliminarily findings suggest that since 2017 the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) is increasingly separating children by force from their parents or guardians when these families request asylum. 

Separating families as they seek asylum together, or detaining them indefinitely, is a flagrant violation of the human rights of the parents and their children and is also a violation of U.S. obligations under refugee law. Amnesty International considers intentionally inflicting severe mental suffering on families for coercive purposes a form of torture.

Learn more: 

Executive Order Imprisons Families Indefinitely, Inflicts further harm on children - June 20

USA: Separating children from parents nothing short of torture - June 18

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To: President Donald Trump, and Kelly Craft, United States Ambassador to Canada,



I urge you to immediately end the cruel and unnecessary practice of detaining families seeking asylum at the U.S. southern border.



This practice damages families, traumatizes children and adults, and undermines their right to seek asylum from persecution and other ill-treatment.



I call on you to urgently ensure the following:


* Reunify, as quickly as possible, the families that have been separated.
* Keep family units together in accordance with international standards on family unity.
* Halt prolonged detention of parents and guardians who arrived in the U.S. with children.
 
Entire families have been devastated by these unnecessary and cruel actions. These families are seeking safety, just as any of us would do.

Sincerely,




 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
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