Genesis, a 5-year old girl from Honduras, was separated from her mother, Lilian, for about two months, including a 15-20 day period during which Lilian had no idea where Genesis was being held. Lilian was released on bond following a positive credible fear interview and reunited with Genesis. Genesis and Lilian are receiving counseling services to address with the trauma of separation. Lilian and Genesis are applying for asylum based on gang attacks and threats of murder.
Luisa, 7 years old, was separated from her father upon entering the U.S. in late June. Luisa’s mother entered a day later with Luisa’s 10-year-old brother. KIND met Luisa in a detention facility. Both times KIND met with Luisa, she spent most of the time crying inconsolably. Luisa was not able to articulate why her family came to the U.S. Luisa’s mother passed a credible fear interview and was released with Luisa’s brother. Luisa has been extremely traumatized from the separation and will likely be in a very delicate when she is released to her mother. As of September 24, she had still not been released.
Brianna was separated from her 7-year-old son Brian, who suffers from a mental disability, shortly after entering the U.S. in early June. Brianna fled an abusive partner in Honduras. Brianna was told she would see her son in a few days. This did not happen however. Briana was released in early July. ICE did not release Brian immediately Brianna, but three volunteer law firm attorneys helped get Brian back. They were re-united in mid-July. Briana said that Brian was very happy to see her and that he immediately recognized her as his mother.
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