Detention Centers: Women & Children
Many of the women and their children arriving at the border, primarily from three Central America countries, have come to the United States fleeing horrific domestic and sexual violence at the hands of intimate partners and criminal gangs, as well as increased risks of human trafficking. These individuals undertake perilous journeys because their abusers are able to commit atrocities without accountability and government institutions fail to provide protections.
Since June 2014, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has exponentially increased the number of family detention beds and is opening more centers to detain women and their children in jail-like facilities. DHS recently announced that it will open a third such facility in Dilley, Texas with 2,400 beds at a cost of over $280 million annually. More than 125 organizations that work to end domestic violence, sexual assault and trafficking signed a letter urging DHS to close existing family detention facilities and invest instead in effective, humane, and far less costly alternatives to detention. Please see below for a series of documents that shed light on the current humanitarian crisis at the border.
Additional Materials on Women & Children