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Action Alert: Nov. 20 International Day of Action Against Child and Family Detention #EndFamilyDetention #EndChildDetention

November 19, 2014
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Marking the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, tomorrow, November 20th, over 20 countries will participate in the International Detention Coalition’s day of action to end the inhumane and unlawful practice of child and family detention. 
Read below on actions near you and ways to support!
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Sample Tweet: All children have rights #EndChildDetention #CRC25 #EndFamilyDetention

  • Use #EndChildDetention and #EndFamilyDetention
  • Join IDC’s thundercalp to amplify your voice against child detention!

Educate your Community

Use DWN’s Family Detention Webpage for talking points, backgrounders, and a list of member reports and resources on family detention.
Make a Statement
*Note: Member resource*
Use DWN’s sample press release and messaging guide to craft your statement against child and family detention. Contact cperez@detentionwatchnetwork.org for more information.
CALL IN DAY ACROSS THE COUNTRY:

Sample Script:
My name is _____ calling from _____.  As a constituent, I oppose the expansion of immigrant family detention. Families held in DHS custody are seeking protection from violence, trafficking, and domestic violence. Children require specialized medical, educational, and legal support that detention facilities cannot provide. The President and DHS are seeking $879 million in funding for 6,350 additional family detention beds. The Obama administration has not waited for this funding and has already expanded family detention by 1200% between June-August 2014. I hope you will publicly speak out against family detention and contact the White House to express your alarm over this practice.  I encourage you to put an end to the inhumane practice of family detention by closing the Karnes Facility in Texas and by stoping further expansion of the Dilley Facility.

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NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK:
Participating DWN members: Queer Detainee Empowerment Project, Women’s Refugee Commission, United Methodist Women, Immigrant Defense Project, Families for Freedom, First Friends of New Jersey and New York.
Date: November 20, 2014
Time: 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Location: Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, E 47th St., New York, New York 10017 
For More Information: yyue@afsc.org

Community Initiatives for Visting Immigrants in Confinement is launching a new project, Drawings By Themselves: Portraits of America, which provides children and parents in immigration detention with a platform to share their artwork and their stories. The project launch is set to take place in partnership with IDC’s international day of action. Watch the video on the campaign to end child detention.
Date: November 20, 2014
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Church Center for the United Nations, 777 1st Avenue, E 44th St., New York, NY 10017

ARTESIA, NEW MEXICO
The ACLU-NM Regional Center for Border Rights, Somos un Pueblo Unido, the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops,  the American Immigration Lawyers Association, along with residents from Southeast New Mexico, will hold a candlelight vigil in Artesia, NM, outside the FLETC detention center in protest of the ongoing practice of family detention in the United States.
Date: November 20, 2014
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Outside the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, 1300 W. Richey Ave., Artesia, NM

VIDEO
AUSTIN, TEXAS:
Join Grassroots Leadership and Texans United for Families for the world premiere of “No Sanctuary: The Big Business of Family Detention,” by Austin filmaker, Matt Gossage. Reserve your seat now!
Date: November 21, 2014
Location: Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St, Austin, TX
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 pm
For More Information: tuff@grassrootsleadership.org
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