from Vamos Juntos
The Berks County Detention Center, known officially as the Berks County Residential Center, is a prison for immigrant families, where children as young as two-weeks-old have been incarcerated. The PA Department of Human Services (“PA DHS”) is responsible for erroneously licensing the facility to operate, despite their mission to “provide and promote safety and permanency for children and youth at risk of abuse, neglect and delinquency.” Berks is currently operating in direct violation of the license according to Pennsylvania law. DHS Secretary Ted Dallas needs to immediately issue an Emergency Removal Order so the families can be released.
Incarceration of families simply put, is immoral. Families have suffered trauma in order to arrive to the U.S. only to be met with more abuse at the hands of our government. Families detained in the Berks County Detention Center have reported verbal, labor and sexual abuse from staff, have suffered from medical neglect, and are now having their due process rights violated by ICE, which has begun to deport families before they are allowed sufficient time to find legal counsel….
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