What You Need to Know About Migrant Children Detention Centers with Casey Revkin
Casey Revkin is a director of Every. Last. One., a national rapid-response fund dedicated to liberating migrant children detained at the U.S./Mexico border.
As a mother to 4-year-old Emil and former president of the Silver Lake Moms’ Club, Casey sees her work at ELO as a natural extension of her years as an advocate for local children.
The Unspoken Topic
- Some detention centers across the country do not allow children to even touch each other. So they get absolutely no comfort. But despite the horrors of separating families at the border, they are reunited. Even if they have lifelong trauma because of the experience.
What We Cover
- Casey gives heartbreaking accounts of what families and children go through who are separated.
- She gives us answers on why they are divided and how they can be united.
- Casey gives us a way to help that even the busiest of mamas can do.
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- The Trump Administration started to consciously separate families in 2017 to send a message to migrants that coming to America is not an answer to their problems.
- Every Last One has helped families unite with kids as little as 2 years old and up to 17 years of age.
- Children are taken away from their immediate family members if they think they are in danger of the family. So if a father has pneumonia, he is deemed too dangerous and his child will be taken.
- If a child is crossing with someone who is not a parent, they will automatically be taken. Even if they are traveling with an aunt or grandparent.
- Human beings need comfort and physical affection, so when you take that away from children, it is downright cruel.
- The hoops the families need to jump through are outrageous. They expect these foreign families to print, fax, mail or drive hundreds of miles and pay huge fees just to get the reunion process started.
How to Help Migrant Children Reunite With Their Families
- The government is separating families with no plans of reuniting them, so it takes organizations like Every Last One to do the work.
- Share this episode and share ALL THE STORIES of migrant children and detention centers on your social channels.
- The government pulls back on their actions when people step up and share and stay aware of what is going on.
- Vote people in November that are against policy of detaining children.
- Donate to organizations that are registering voters to vote. Swing Left, Indivisible and Field Team 6 are great organizations.
Hardest Decision to Make as a Mom
Every decision is hard. You never truly know if you are making the right one, you just make the one you think is best at the time.
Advice for First Time Mama
When it comes to breastfeeding, if it’s not going how you had planned, it’s OK to supplement. As long as your baby is growing, that’s all that matters. No need to stress over it. It’s not worth it.
Most Excited About
Her son’s development. He’s starting to express himself and she is loving every minute of it.
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- What motherhood means to you: Motherhood is growing with someone and watching them become himself.
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