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Family Detention

In 2014, thousands of women and children fleeing violence and persecution in Central America arrived at our southern border seeking protection. The U.S. government responded by detaining women and children in family detention centers and accelerating legal proceedings, often resulting in quick deportations. The detention of children and their parents continues today  the Department of Homeland Security currently operates three family detention facilities, in Dilley and Karnes City, Texas, and Leesport, Pennsylvania. The American Immigration Council is one of four partner organizations with the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project providing pro bono representation and legal services to families detained in Dilley, Texas, in conjunction with advocacy and litigation efforts to end the practice of family detention entirely by challenging unlawful asylum, detention, and deportation policies.

The American Immigration Council has developed the following resources as part of our efforts to end family detention:

Immigration Council Resources

Immigration Council Advocacy Letters and Complaints

Immigration Council Blog Posts

Immigration Council Press Statements

Flores Litigation

CARA Pro Bono Project

Artesia Lawsuit

Health Conditions in Family Detention Centers

Responses to Government Announcements on Family Detention Policies and Practices

Additional Resources