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This Father’s Day, many of us will be with our families and friends – enjoying barbecues and sharing moments together. Meanwhile, south of Miami, approximately 3,000 migrant children are being held in a detention center by U.S. Immigration officials, apart from their families and unable to leave.

The Homestead Children’s Detention Center is run by a for-profit company that receives $775 per child per day – giving it little incentive to reunite children with their families. In Homestead, children are living in inhumane conditions. They are not allowed to hug each other. They sleep in rooms with hundreds of beds. They follow highly regimented routines. Florida state services do not reach the facility because it’s on federal land. Normal standards for housing detained children do not apply because Homestead is classified as an "emergency influx shelter" and therefore exempt from standard regulations. And, we know that detention causes trauma and harm to young people for years to come.

The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism joins the American Friends Service Committee, United We Dream, Bend The Arc, NCJW, Truah, and other organizations in calling for the closure of Homestead, the ending of using influx facilities for detention, the reuniting of the children with their sponsors, the ending of a collaboration between Health and Human Services and the Department of Homeland Security, and an end to detention and separation of families. 

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End Child Detention Weekend (Friday, June 14 - Sunday, June 16)

Outside of Florida:

  • Host an “End Child Detention” Shabbat in your community, and use these resources to express solidarity with those in Homestead that weekend. If you are going to remember the children of Homestead that Shabbat, please log your commemoration as a solidarity event.

In Florida:

Friday, June 14

  • Plan to arrive into Miami International Airport by 2:00pm

  • We suggest you plan your stay at a hotel in Homestead, Florida City, (located south of SW 88th St (Kendall Drive) and near Hwy US 1), near Temple Beth Am (located at 5950 N. Kendall Drive - Pinecrest, FL) or near Temple Beth Sholom (located at 4144 Chase Avenue, Miami Beach). These two synagogues are centers for the event and will have buses to transport participants to the rally.

  • End Child Detention Shabbat Services will be held at several area synagogues. Services at Temple Beth Am and Temple Beth Sholom are open to all.

Saturday. June 15  (All events are at Miami Friends Meeting House: 1185 Sunset Drive, Miami, FL 33143) (event page)

-   3 – 6 PM: Training/Strategy Session and Community-building (Participation is encouraged and at your Shabbat discretion.)
-   6 – 8 PM: Solidarity Dinner, Action Briefing, and Sign-making
-   8 – 9 PM: Interfaith Service/Havdalah

Sunday, June 16

Join the RAC at the interfaith vigil outside the detention center on Sunday, June 16. Please use this registration form to be a part of the Jewish contingent, and please also let the American Friends Service Committee, whose local organizers are leading efforts on the ground, know that you’ll be in attendance by signing up here. Signing up in both places will ensure that you get all of the information about Jewish and interfaith events! You can also join the Facebook event to keep apprised of updates. 

  • Buses will depart from Temple Beth Am at @ 1:00pm and from Temple Beth Sholom at 12:00pm. Register to be part of the Jewish contingent here. Please reserve your spot on the bus ahead of time through the registration page.

  • 2 PM: March to End Child Detention (event page) (Facebook page) (at 920 Bougainville Blvd, Homestead, FL 33039)  Please note parking is difficult and extremely limited. Plan to spend the entire afternoon at the site.  This is an outdoor march, so please prepare for the weather and wear comfortable shoes, clothing, hats, sunglasses, sunblock, and bring your own reusable water bottle and snacks.

  • Departure times from Miami International Airport are at your leisure, though we recommend considering a Monday morning flight.  Please note the airport is at least a 90-minute drive from Homestead.

Share this blog post by Rabbi Ethan Bair to ensure the entire Jewish community knows that a broad coalition of Jewish organizations are working together to end child detention now. 

Together, we can bring an end to the inhumane treatment of migrants in our country.