We as a community must stand up for children.
All children need to feel secure and safe within a loving family. Separating children from their parents, failing to reunite children with their families, and holding families indefinitely in detention is cruel and inhumane. These actions undeniably cause traumatic and irreparable harm to children. Long term, such toxic stress can impact children’s brain development, physical and mental health, and well-being for the rest of their lives.
So many of us have seen or heard recordings of the children’s inconsolable cries in detention centers and have been moved to compassion.
Stand for these children who need us to be aware of the violence and poverty that is propelling these children and families to our borders, cognizant of the vulnerabilities of these children, attentive to the impact of their displacement on every aspect of their lives, and
mindful of the obligations we as a community have to protect these children.
Together we must call on our leaders to reunify children with their families immediately, prevent the indefinite detention of families, and
recognize and fulfill the special needs and rights of these vulnerable children.
Please join us in standing up for children. Call our President and your legislators to let them know you stand for children.
Betsy Dobbins, Executive Director
ACLU of Florida
Adam de la Torre
Florida Legal Services
Florida’s Children First
Jacksonville Area Legal Aid
Kate Aschenbrenner Rodriguez
The Law Firm of Pajcic & Pajcic