Support immigrant mothers on hunger strike at Berks
Earlier this year, I joined the call to shut down the Berks Family Detention Center, which indefinitely incarcerates immigrant women and their children. Just an hour outside Philadelphia, the prison has been the site of horrific abuses, ranging from dangerous health conditions to alleged sexual assault. The State of Pennsylvania decided in February to strip the facility of its license to operate.
It’s still open.
Now 22 mothers imprisoned for months are on a hunger strike to end the inhumanity. In a public letter published in the New York Times last week, they wrote:
“On Monday, August 8, we began a hunger strike to protest our indefinite detention, and to request that you end this practice of detaining mothers and children and allow our immediate release. Our children, who range in age from 2 to 16, have been deprived of a normal life. We are already traumatized from our countries of origin...While here, our children have told us they sometimes consider suicide, made desperate from confinement.”