“I didn’t know that they could separate me from my son. I didn’t know. Yes, (I am) very scared. He is my son and I love him. I’ve carried him throughout the journey and it was hard.”
A 16-year-old girl in a detention cell had been taking care of a young child she didn’t know for three days because the child’s aunt was being held in a separate cell in the facility. The teenager had to show other children in her cell how to help change the girl’s diaper, who they thought was around two years old.
6-year old Will watched as his father was taken away 6 months ago. Every night before bed, Will says his prayers and kisses the photos of his mom and dad and then hours later wanders out of his bunk bed and stands outside the door of his foster parents’ room, crying and saying his stomach hurts.