SHOW YOU CARE
Where are the Children?
Help Reunite Families
June 9, 2019
National Mall, Washington, DC
Between 12th and 14th St NW
Thousands of children, some younger than 12 months, are separated from their families and housed in government detention centers. We believe the Trump Administration’s zero tolerance policy of separating immigrant families is immoral, unjust, and un-American. This cruel policy must end, and families must be reunited at once.
Please join us on International Children’s Day, June 9, 2019 from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm to oppose
this injustice. National Mall in Washington, D.C ., between 12th and 14th Streets.
We will display more than a thousand of pajamas hung on clotheslines to represent the separated children. Each pajama is a stark reminder of forcibly separated families and parents spending nights away from their children.
Americans must remember that our government continues to divide families and
forcibly detain children.
The pajama display will be available to other groups wishing to raise awareness in their communities.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
SPREAD THE WORD
Please sign this petition to shut down the Homestead Child Detention Center, the largest for-profit detention center for children. Homestead holds thousands of children and yet does not meet the legal standards for child shelters.
For more information about Homestead Child Detention Center from the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, a sponsor of our “Where are the Children?” Campaign.
Ask your member of congress to cut funding for Immigration and Customs (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to fiscal 2016 levels and to prohibit ICE and CBP from taking money from other accounts.
Like us on Facebook
Send us photos of your own pajama display for us to post on our Facebook page at email@example.com
Tell your elected representatives to end family separations
The “Where are the Children?” project grew out of an idea from Maryland high school student Alex Kohn, who attended an April 2018 conference held by the Unitarian Universalists United Nations Office, “A Just Migration for All.” After Alex and his friends got home, they hung up children’s pajamas at their own Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Columbia, Maryland, to call attention to the fact that the government is violating a decades-old, court-approved agreement that migrant children should not be detained for more than 20 days and must be released to their parents or a family member.
“No child should go to bed without a parent or loved one to tuck them in at night,” Alex declared. His minister, the Rev. Paige Getty, signaled the congregation’s support with a sermon on “Just Migration for All.”
Indivisible Howard County, part of a nationwide progressive movement to preserve American democracy, decided to elevate the pajama project to national attention with a planned artistic display on the National Mall. The goal of the project is to raise awareness of the lost, separated and detained children held by the Department of Health and Human Services, Customs and Border Control.
The trauma these children are experiencing should be stopped immediately, and they should be reunited with their families.
PHOTO CREDIT: U.S.GOVERNMENT CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION
Senator Jeff Merkley
Congressman Elijah E. Cummings
Congressman John Sarbanes (MD-03)
Maryland State Senator Guy Guzzone
Maryland State Senator Clarence Lam, MD, MPH
Maryland State Delegate Jessica Feldmark
Maryland State Delegate Joseline Peña-Melnyk
Maryland State Delegate Jen Terrasa
Maryland State Delegate Courtney Watson
Howard County Councilwoman Christiana Mercer Rigby
IndivisibleHoCoMD Immigration Action Team
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia Social Justice Team
Friends of Latin America
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
Our Revolution Howard County
Casa Baltimore / Limay
Maryland United for Peace & Justice
Latin America Working Group
NISGUA (Network in Solidarity with Guatemala)
Contact us if you would like your organization to support the pajama project.