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DWN Call Flores Decision a Resounding Victory for Human Rights As Judge Rules Against Family Detention

July 27, 2015

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, 27 July 2015

Experts Call Flores Decision a Resounding Victory for Human Rights As Judge Rules Against Family Detention

Detention Watch Network Urges Obama Administration to Accept Decision

Statement from Mary Small, Policy Director of Detention Watch Network in response to Friday’s ruling that the Obama administration’s continued detention of refugee children and mothers is illegal:

“This long overdue decision is an encouraging victory for the rights of asylum-seeking women and children locked up in family detention centers. Friday’s ruling confirms what we have long known– that the Obama administration’s revival of family detention is a failed policy that is an appalling stain on the United States’ human rights record. We call on DHS to allow this decision to stand, release women and children immediately and close all family detention centers once and for all.

We also urge the administration to allow these children and their mothers to live with dignity while they apply for asylum. The use of unnecessary and dehumanizing GPS ankle monitors is unacceptable. ICE must direct resources instead to community support programs that do not further harm women and children.

It’s time for the Obama administration to concede to the growing demand to end family detention permanently and begin treating refugees with dignity and respect.”

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Detention Watch Network (DWN) is a national coalition of organizations and individuals working to expose and challenge the injustices of the U.S. immigration detention and deportation system and advocate for profound change that promotes the rights and dignity of all persons.

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