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Jesuit Refugee Service/USA Calls for Recognition of the Rights and Dignity of Children and Families Seeking Asylum
June 22, 2018

Jesuit Refugee Service/USA Calls for Recognition of the Rights and Dignity of Children and Families Seeking Asylum

Washington, 22 June 2018 – Jesuit Refugee Service/USA urges the U.S. Government to take necessary action to ensure that asylum seekers arriving in the U.S. are not criminally punished for trying to seek protection and that the rights and dignity of children and families entering the U.S. are respected.

JRS/USA believes any U.S. policies calling for the indefinite detention of families seeking asylum are contrary to our Catholic values and violate the rights of asylum seekers and the dignity of children and their families. They also put at risk the long term mental health and well-being of children and their parents. 

JRS works with forcibly displaced children and families around the world and know that detention can have a particularly detrimental effect on their wellbeing. Detention can cause hazardous psychological stress and can permanently impact a child’s mental, physical, and emotional development. 

“Displaced children already face significant trauma and challenges because of their forced displacement,” says Joan Rosenhauer, Executive Director, JRS/USA. “To treat them and their families as criminals and to keep them in detention will cause further trauma for thousands of children and potentially irreparable long-term damage.” 

It is the position of JRS – based on Catholic Social Teachings, Jesuit values, and in-depth knowledge from working with displaced people – that in regard to detention, the following principles should be applied: 

For these reasons, JRS encourages the U.S. Government to ensure that the rights of the most vulnerable among us are protected in its approach to those seeking asylum in the U.S.

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