On June 25th, we helped three mothers file a lawsuit in federal court on behalf of themselves and dozens of other parents who remain separated from their children. Our lawsuit demands that these parents be reunited with their kids and challenges the government’s failure to move forward with their asylum claims.
Our clients were part of the group of 206 asylum-seekers who were transferred from immigration detention centers in Texas to a prison in Washington State while waiting for immigration officials to begin processing their claims. The three women came to this country with their children seeking safety, but instead immigration officials took their children from them, without explanation. They have not seen their children in over a month. Some have not even been able to talk to their kids over the phone.
One of our plaintiffs is Ibis, who is pictured above. She fled Honduras with her five-year-old son after receiving death threats. After asking for asylum in Texas, she was separated from him and taken to the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac. Her son remains in a facility in San Antonio, Texas. She has not been able to see or talk to him for over a month.
While the President issued an Executive Order on June 20th that purported to end his family separation policy, it did not address families like Ibis’s who were already separated from their kids. This administration’s continued separation of families blatantly violates fundamental constitutional rights and basic human decency.
We will keep you up to date as this legal battle continues. Read our filed complaint here. Read our press release here.
In addition to this litigation, we are continuing our work of providing assistance and information
to all asylum seekers currently detained at FDC and NWDC. We are grateful to the many volunteer attorneys who have helped us screen 196 of the 206 asylum-seekers who were transferred to the FDC and those who are providing ongoing representation, along with our staff.