Separating children from their families is horrific. What’s happening to children once they’re separated and in federal custody is equally as awful.
In 1985, the National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) and the Center for Human Rights & Constitutional Law (CHRCL) filed Flores. The case, which went up to the U.S. Supreme Court, establishes national standards for the treatment of children in federal detention facilities and standards for when children must be released from custody.
The National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) currently represents the class of over 10,000 immigrant children in federal custody, including children separated from their families. Over the past 18 months, NCYL attorneys have made frequent and ongoing visits to detention facilities in New York, Virginia, Texas, and California, visiting with and documenting the experiences of countless detained children. The situation is sickening.
All of these violate the rights of children under the Constitution and / or Flores. Indefinitely detaining children and families in detention centers is unconstitutional. The National Center for Youth Law is fighting to defend the rights of immigrant children separated from their families, and all immigrant children in federal custody, from a coordinated attack by the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice.