#SilencedVoices

One of the issues that has devastated us all is the treatment of children at the border who have been ripped away from their families. This is a not a partisan issue, it’s a human rights issue. While hundreds of separated parents and children continue to suffer, the Trump Administration is considering separating families again, but with an even crueler twist, forcing parents to choose between prolonged detention of their children in family detention or separation. This “binary choice” is no choice at all – it is another way the Administration is using immigrant children as pawns to achieve policy goals over basic child welfare and protection. We must send a clear message that taking children from their parents is completely unacceptable and should never be used as punishment.

We must not let these voices be forgotten. 

We must not let people forget the impact this policy has had on the lives of these families.

Over the summer, our KIND attorneys went to the Port Isabel Detention Center, one of the main detention facilities housing separated parents. The stories they heard were heartbreaking.

We hope you will join us in sharing their stories so their voices are not forgotten.

Follow @Supportkind and #SilencedVoices online to join today.

Demand a change and take the action steps below

Option 1 

Record yourself reading one of the quotes below of a child or parent who was separated at the border.

Share that video on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter with the hashtag #SilencedVoices and tag @Supportkind

Urge others to do the same to amplify their voices and connect with KIND online to take action or donate!

Option 2 

Download and share one of the powerful images on social media.

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KIND continues to fight for the kids who are separated from their families due to the Administration’s heartless “Zero Tolerance” policy. Though many have reunited, hundreds continue to suffer.  Join us in sharing these #SilencedVoices & demand an end to these cruel policies

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Urge your Senators and Representative to:

 

Do not trade family separation with unlimited family detention and lack of due process. Demand that President Trump, DHS Secretary Nielsen, and Attorney General Sessions end all family separation and detention through social media, letters, appropriations, and in Congressional hearings

Support efforts to defund family separation in appropriations and decrease funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs and Border Protection, and the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices within the Department of Justice

Urge your Member of Congress to cosponsor the following legislation:

  • S. 3036 – Keep Families Together Act
  • H.R. 2572 – Protect Family Values at the Border Act
  • H.R. 5950 & S.2937 – The HELP Separated Children Act
  • H.R. 2043 & S. 2468 – Fair Day in Court for Kids Act of 2018
  • H.R. 6193 – The Central America Family Protection and Reunification Act

Learn more here

Help KIND Give a Voice to the Vulnerable Immigrant and Refugee Families Separated at the Border 

What your gift can do: 

$2,500 can provide specialized trainings in child immigration law for volunteer attorneys

$1,000 can fund a violence prevention workshop for vulnerable immigrant and refugee children

$500 can provide social services resources for 10 at-risk youth

$250 can cover an extensive child interview and match with a volunteer attorney

$100 can help a child tell their story to their lawyer through an interpreter

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The Forgotten Voices

Below are some of the quotes from the children and parents separated at the border who shared their stories with KIND.

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How come they separated us?

KIND continues to fight for the kids who are separated from their families due to the Administration's heartless "Zero Tolerance" policy. Though many have reunited, hundreds like this 8 y/o girl continue to suffer. Learn more about how you can help these #SilencedVoices
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They will kill my dad

Imagine the panic this 8 y/o Honduran boy must have felt as he realized he was being separated from his father. Learn more about the #SilencedVoices, the separated children KIND is working with, and how you can help
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A great pain

Over the summer, KIND staff went to the border and interviewed many of the parents who were cruelly separated from their children under the Administration's, “Zero Tolerance” policy. This is the powerful testimony they shared with KIND. #SilencedVoices
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Quotes from Separated Children and Parents

All the below voices were shared with our KIND staff while at Port Isabel detention center. 

“Do you think that I will be home by the end of the month? It’s my mom’s birthday and I don’t want to miss it. My little sister’s birthday is in two weeks so I think I will miss hers, but I want to be home for my mom’s.”

-9-year-old girl from Guatemala.

“No somos delincuentes, no somos criminals, somos seres humanos.”

-In English: “We are not delinquents, we are not criminals, we are human beings.”

-Father who was separated from his child.

“Taking my daughter away from me is not just – it is cruel. I didn’t think the United States could be so cruel.”

-Mother from Guatemala, separated from her 17-year-old daughter.

 

“I haven’t seen my son in over two months – I don’t want anything from the United States other than my son.”

-Father who was separated from his 9 year old son.

 

“I just want my son to be safe. That is the most important thing. He is in danger in Honduras. They threatened to kill him.  He is only 8-years-old.  At this point, I don’t care what happens to me. I just want him to be safe…but (in tears) I also want to be with my son.”

-Father who was separated from his 8 year old son.

 

“I don’t know how he’s doing; I haven’t spoken to him, I don’t know where he is. We’re here because we watched our family get murdered. One by one, they murdered members of my family and I knew we were next. So I grabbed my son and fled for the U.S. before they could kill us. He has bad separation anxiety – it was bad even before we left because, imagine, he watched his family get murdered. He never wants to leave me and gets really bad if we’re apart and then we got here and they took him. I can’t imagine what he’s like, I just want to take his suffering for him. He can’t be apart from me, he’s suffering, I know it.”

-Mother speaking about her 6 year old son.

 

“The officer tore my six-year-old daughter from my arms in the middle of the night. As he held her and she cried, the officer pointed at me and told her to look at me. ‘Look at that face, that is the face of a bad father. He brought you here to be separated. He brought you here to get locked away. He brought you here to suffer. Do not forget that this is your father’s doing’ the officer yelled at my daughter as she cried and reached out for me. This is the last time I ever saw my daughter. This is my daughter’s last memory of me. Do you think I am a bad father? Is this my fault?”

-A father from Guatemala who was separated from his 6 year old.

 

“My daughter, 6 years old, has a heart condition and needs surgery or she will die. In Honduras, that surgery was not available. I had to come so that she could get the surgery and live. What was I supposed to do, stay in Honduras and watch my daughter die? I came so that my daughter could live. What would you do?”

-Mother speaking about her 6 year old

 

“I came to the United States because I knew that if I stayed, my [six-year-old] son and I would be killed. When we got to the border, a man told me he had to take my son away. I told my son that we would be reunited soon, truly believing that I would be seeing him in a few hours. As the man grabbed my son, he started to cry. He would not stop crying. To this day, I still remember hearing him cry. I did not see my son for 56 days. When we were reunited, my son was different. I do not know what they did to my son. But they did not give him back to me the way that I gave my son to them. My son used to be kind, welcoming, and sweet. Now he is always afraid. He does not trust anyone. Not even me.”

-Mother from Honduras who fled domestic violence and who was recently reunited with her son.

 

“My daughter was asleep when I put her in the van. I was crying but the guard told me not to cry, that I would see her again after we came back from court. I believed her. But it was all a lie. I didn’t get a chance to say goodbye to her. I can’t imagine what she thought when she woke up and didn’t see me. She is only 5.”

-Mother from Honduras, separated from her 5 year old daughter.

 

“I have always respected the law. I never saw myself coming to the United States.  I  love my home. But we had to escape to save our lives.  They killed my mother, they killed my cousin, they shot me. My country couldn’t protect us. I just didn’t want my family to be killed. I didn’t know that they were going to take my children. I only wanted my family to be safe and live.”

Father who was separated from his 7 year old son and 13 year old daughter.