Join the campaign to end “Diapers in Detention”—August 29-September 1 and help us raise awareness about the continuing scandal of family detention!
The Interfaith Immigration Coalition under the leadership of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) is planning a week of action to draw attention to U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s policy of incarcerating mothers and children.
The center piece of the campaign is our “Diapers in Detention” baby showers which we plan to hold at ICE offices across the country during the week of August 29-September 1. We’ve developed a “Diapers in Detention” tool kit which provides all the details.
In addition to inviting you to join a “Diapers in Detention Baby Shower” near you, we’d also like to ask you to:
- Send a baby card to Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson.
- Send an op-ed or letter-to-the-editor to your local paper.
- Send a prewritten letter to the editor to your local newspaper at www.fcnl.org/endfamilydetention .
- Find a sample letter to the editor at:https://cliniclegal.org/sites/default/files/advocacy/diapersindetention/sample-letter-to-the-editor.docx
- Send an email to your local ICE office asking them to end family detention. Find email addresses at:https://www.ice.gov/contact/ero.
- If you’d like, join our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/diapersindetention. You might find people interested in arranging a baby shower in your area.
- You might also make some noise on social media. Advocate on social media using #diapersindetention.
- Headline: Baby jails in the U.S.? No way!
- Post: “Did you know that in the United States, dozens of babies and toddlers under two are in prison with their mothers? Even worse, a recent court ruling requires the release of the children but not the parents, which opens the door for families to be separated. They are refugees from Central America fleeing violence and instead of jail, they deserve due process to pursue asylum. Tell ICE: no baby jails. End family detention, and keep families together!”
If you have questions about this project, please contact Ashley Feasley at CLINIC. She is the prime mover behind the campaign and has graciously volunteered to field questions. You can reach Ashley at:firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-565-4831.