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News code: 26165
Published Date: Wednesday 1 August 2018 - 12:33:22

HRW denounces US claims of detention centers being ‘like summer camp’

HRW denounces US claims of detention centers being ‘like summer camp’
IRAN  - On Tuesday, Matthew Albence, acting deputy director of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), told the Senate Judiciary Committee that ICE's family detention centers are "like a summer camp."

"I've visited those family immigration detention centers. I've also volunteered as a counselor at an actual summer camp every year since I was a student. Let me tell you: there's no comparison," says Michael Garcia Bochenek, HRW Children's Rights Division.

"The families in immigration detention centers are locked in. They're assigned numbers and answer at roll calls throughout the day. Guards shout orders, and sometimes verbally abuse detainees. Detained families don't really know when they'll be let out. In principle, they shouldn't be held more than 20 days, but that limit isn't always respected."

Under a 1997 federal agreement, kids can only be detained for up to 20 days in facilities without child care licenses, and only one of ICE's family detention centers has a license. Albence said he would like to see U.S. law changed so that parents and children could be detained together long-term.

Saying that detention is traumatic - particularly for children and those fleeing abuse abroad, and particularly if it's open-ended, Bochenek added: "ICE has a long and terrible history of providing subpar medical care, for adults and children. And it's especially unsuited for recently reunited families, many with children "exhibiting signs of anxiety, introversion, regression and other mental health issues" as a consequence of forced separation."



News Code: 26165
Published Date: Wednesday 1 August 2018 - 12:33:22
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