Report finds family detention damages children’s health and well-being

Family detention damages children’s health and well-being. On August 19th, Human Rights First issued a report finding that detention is harmful to children and families. Despite two decisions by the U.S. Disctrict Court Judge Dolly Gee ordering the Department of Homeland Security to release children “without unnecessary delay,” the Obama administration has not implemented the order, but instead has announced plans to appeal the new order. Human Rights First visited the Berks family detention facility and met with detained parents and children. The report titled Family Detention in Berks County, Pennsylvania, details their findings that detention damages children’s health and well-being.