Children in detention centers urgently need our help

Children in detention centers urgently need our help

The Torah teaches us that when we see a person in crisis, we cannot turn away. As we continue to hear from so many of you, we are seeing a crisis right now from which our community must not turn away.

Between May and early June, more than 60,000 children were detained at the U.S. border. Witnesses have reported physically and emotionally harmful conditions in the detention centers. Children no older than seven have taken responsibility for babies and toddlers. Grossly unhygienic conditions are visible — children sitting in cages in their own waste, without comfort, recreation, or support. The result has been cases of illness, malnourishment, sexual assault, and death.

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CJP is committed to taking care of the stranger, because we know from our own experience what it is like to be immigrants, what it is like to flee, and what it is like to be vulnerable. Showing compassion to those who are suffering is core to our story and our value system.

We have taken action on this issue before and now we’re asking you to help again. We must stand up for these children.

One hundred percent of your donation to the Fund for Detained Children will support two organizations — the Young Center and the Interfaith Welcome Coalition, our partners in last year’s FACES campaign. The Young Center is the only organization in the United States providing independent advocates to separated and unaccompanied children in federal detention centers.

The Interfaith Welcome Coalition provides critical supplies to asylum seekers and migrants in crisis, distributing backpacks full of essential items at bus stations and elsewhere once people have been released from detention. As we witnessed on our visit to San Antonio last year, families are deeply relieved to receive a backpack full of the basic necessities that they have been without for so long, and children clasp the teddy bear provided as the first means of comfort they have had in months.

Through the Fund for Detained Children, we take action. We cannot turn away. Join us in standing up for children in detention.

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Rabbi Marc Baker
President and CEO, CJP

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