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Demand Congress end torture of migrant families and children

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    Dear Members of Congress,

    Despite the 'official' end to family separation, migrant children are still being ripped from their families.

    As of December 2019, at least 1,100 children have been taken and forced into dangerous and inadequate facilitates where they are subjected to sleep on mats on cold floors, care for younger children, and suffered well-documented cases of sexual abuse. Many families fled their native countries with legitimate threats of violence to themselves and their children, and hoped for safety upon reaching the United States. Instead, children were torn from their parents’ arms, in most cases with no explanation at all.

    In a new report published by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), a nonprofit of medical professionals who investigate human rights abuses, physicians found that family separation at the border rises to the level of torture. The psychological effects of family separation include trouble eating, sleeping, anxiety, and nightmares — just to name a few. All of these symptoms are consistent with post-traumatic stress related to torture.

    As the coronavirus pandemic rages on, it’s imperative that families be reunited promptly. Detention center conditions are dangerous and inhumane by design and if the coronavirus spreads inside a facility it could be catastrophic. Not only are families facing post-traumatic stress related to torture, they’re now at high risk of being infected by COVID-19.

    Please take swift action and reunite families immediately and end family separation for good.

    Thank you.

    In a new report published by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), a nonprofit of medical professionals who investigate human rights abuses, physicians found that family separation at the border rises to the level of torture. As of December 2019, at least 1,100 children have been taken and forced into dangerous and inadequate facilitates where they are subjected to sleep on mats on cold floors, care for younger children, and suffered well-documented cases of sexual abuse. Tell Congress to reunite families immediately and end family separation for good!

    References:

    "You Will Never See Your Child Again: The Persistent Psychological Effects of Family Separation." Physicians for Human Rights. February 2020.

    Washington, John. "The government has taken at least 1,100 children from their parents since family separations officially ended." The Intercept. December 9, 2019.

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