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‘Children Should Not Be Detained:’ Homestead Center Violating Rights, Amnesty Says

Wilfredo Lee
Minors line up to enter a tent at the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children in Homestead, Fla., in February 2019.

Citing what it calls a slew of human-rights violations, Amnesty International is calling on the U.S. government to shut down the Homestead detention center before children in Miami-Dade start school again next month.

The global human-rights organization published a 41-page report Thursday on the Homestead facility — still the nation’s largest center for unaccompanied migrant children — after touring the shelter earlier this week.

“The USA provides certain legal protections for unaccompanied children because of their unique vulnerabilities. The USA is violating its human rights obligations at Homestead by holding unaccompanied children in prolonged and indefinite detention,” the report said. “The current state of prolonged detention of unaccompanied children across the [Office of Refugee Resettlement] shelter system violates the USA’s human rights obligations.”

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.

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