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Learn More About The Child Detention Crisis

According to Dara Lind at Vox, “At any given time, for the past several weeks, more than 2,000 children have been held in the custody of US Border Patrol without their parents.” In addition to donating, volunteering, and amplifying the voices of journalists and activists, another thing all of us can – and should – do is read up on this humanitarian crisis to understand how we got to where we are – and what we can now do to take action.

Here are a few articles and podcasts to get you started:

* “’Children Were Dirty, They Were Scared, and They Were Hungry’” by Lizzie O’Leary (The Atlantic)

* “The Horrifying Conditions Facing Kids in Border Detention, Explained” by Dara Lind (Vox)

* “Inside the Migrant Detention Center in Clint, Tex.” (episode of podcast The Daily, hosted by The New York Times)

* “Inside a Texas Building Where the Government is Holding Immigrant Children” by Isaac Chotiner (The New Yorker)

* “Learn the Facts – What is Our Government Doing?” by Women’s Refugee Commission

* “'Some Did Not Have Socks; Their Hair Was Dirty'” by Dahlia Lithwick (Slate)

* “’There is a Stench’: Soiled Clothes and No Baths for Migrant Children at a Texas Center” by Caitlin Dickerson (The New York Times)

Lastly, if you want to read about potential solutions, check out this document hosted by the Women’s Refugee Commission called “The Real Alternatives to Detention.”




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