This November 20 is World Children’s Day, a day to advocate for, promote and celebrate children’s rights. Here are 5 things you can do to support World Children’s Day today.
- Share your support online for children who are locked up, simply for seeking safety
Every day, children who should be with their loved ones are locked up in detention centers, kept away from their families for weeks and months at a time. These centers don’t prioritize the health, safety, or well-being of kids, which means these facilities are no home for a child. Show you stand with children seeking safety in the U.S.
2. Sign a petition calling on the U.S. government to stop detaining children on account of their immigration status, and to close facilities that are meant to be ‘temporary’ once and for all
Children should be with their families, communities, and friends and no child should be detained because of their immigration status. In cases where they are detained, they should be in in state-licensed, permanent Office of Refugee Resettlement shelters, where they can be placed with sponsors like family and community members as soon as possible, and no longer than 30 days. By calling facilities “temporary influx” facilities, the government has been able to evade its legal requirements towards children and companies have been able to profit from locking up kids, with no end in sight. Tell the government to stop using these facilities once and for all and to stop detaining kids on account of their immigration status.
3. Join a global action
On November 20, activists from around the world will drop banners in solidarity with children seeking safety. You can join a banner drop locally or organize one of your own.
4. Join a campaign to welcome children seeking safety in the United States
Children look out onto the other side along the U.S.-Mexico border
The I Welcome campaign focuses on the treatment of children seeking safety in the U.S. wherever they are — from Customs and Border Protection facilities at the border, to Office of Refugee Resettlement facilities to ICE family detention centers. Stand with kids seeking asylum wherever they may be.
Amnesty International’s Researchers conduct interviews on a mission to the U.S.-Mexico border
Support mobilization efforts, as well as research and reporting into the conditions of kids seeking asylum in the U.S., and an urgent action network that mobilizes people to take action through grassroots organizing.