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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.

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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.

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Send us photos of your own pajama display for us to post on our Facebook page at hocoimmigration@gmail.com

Tell your elected representatives to end family separations




APRIL 2018

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.




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

ACLU Maryland

Friends of Latin America

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

Our Revolution Howard County


Casa Baltimore / Limay 

Maryland United for Peace & Justice

Latin America Working Group

Sanctuary DMV

NISGUA (Network in Solidarity with Guatemala) 

Contact us if you would like your organization to support the pajama project.