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The Flores Settlement Agreement: Background, Proposed Changes, and Possible Impacts

  • 122 Cannon House Office Building (map)

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Time: 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 122, Cannon House Office Building

RSVP: CHS.RSVP@mail.house.gov

 

Dear Colleague:

On September 6, 2018, the Trump Administration filed a proposed rule to change the standards facilities must meet when detaining immigrant children while also giving the administration the ability to detain these minors indefinitely. This proposal undermines and intends to permanently change the 1997 Flores Settlement which protects migrant children from inhumane treatment and unnecessarily prolonged detention. The proposed rule by the Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services will likely harm immigrant children and jeopardize their well-being.

I cordially invite you to a briefing about this important topic. The panel will give staff a brief background on the Flores Settlement, explain how it would change under the proposed rule, and describe some of the potential long reaching impacts. The panel will also discuss available resources to help interested members and offices submit tailored and personalized comments to the proposed rule.

Please note that the public comment period for the proposed rule closes on November 6.

 

Moderated by:
Jennifer Podkul
, Director of Policy, KIND

Panelists:

Heidi Altman, Director of Policy, Heartland Alliance

Katharina Obser, Senior Policy Advisor, Women’s Refugee Commission

Tamar Haro, Senior Director of Federal and State Advocacy,
American Academy of Pediatrics

Sincerely,

Bennie G. Thompson
Ranking Member
House Homeland Security Committee