A Call for Humanitarian Standards for Children

Amplifying its advocacy for immediate and permanent changes in the way the nation treats immigrant children, the American Academy of Pedriatrics (AAP) is calling on Congress to legislate humanitarian standards for children in the custody of Customs and Border Protection. 

We forward this statement from Chris Kus, a member of the AAP and the UU Saratoga Social Justice Committee: 

Support Humanitarian Standards for Children 
In Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Custody

The House recently passed an emergency funding package as a response to the humanitarian crisis at the border and now the Senate will work on its own version.  After that, both chambers will need to agree on a final version package.

It is critical that any final emergency funding package requires humanitarian standards for children in federal custody.

We urge that at a minimum, children must be guaranteed basic humanitarian standards.

All Customs and Border Protection facilities that hold children must provide medical care, adequate nutrition, including clean drinking water, shelter, infant formula and baby food, access to hygiene, including showers and handwashing, and essential items like diapers.

A bill that was recently introduced in the House would require minimum standards for children in CBP facilities.  The Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in Customs and Border Protection Custody Act (H.R. 3239) is supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and outlines important requirements that should be included in the emergency funding package.

Please consider emailing your members of Congress and urging them to include requirements for humanitarian standards for children in federal custody as part of their emergency funding package.

Contact information: 

Tonko:  DC: (202) 225-5076,  https://tonko.house.gov

Stefanik:  DC: (202) 225-4611, Glens Falls: (518) 743-0964, https://stefanik.house.gov

Delgado:  DC:  (202) 225-5614,  https://delgado.house.gov

Gillibrand: DC: (202) 224-4451, Albany (518) 431-0120, https://www.gillibrand.senate.gov/contact/email-me

Schumer: DC: (202) 224-6542, Albany (518) 431-4070,  https://www.schumer.senate.gov/contact/email-chuck