Weekly Roundup – Kerstin Sheehan

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Thousands of Immigrant Children Said They Were Sexually Abused in U.S. Detention Centers

In February, the New York Times published a story about the federal government receiving over 4,500 complaints during a four-year period regarding sexual abuse of immigrant children who were being detained at government-funded detention facilities. Read More.

Controversy Over Charging Children as Adults

In Indiana, Senate Bill 279 would allow courts to try a child as young as12-year-olds as an adult for heinous or aggravated felonies.  Read More.

New York City Reaches $3.3 Million Settlement With Kalief Browder’s Family

In January, the Browder Family received $3.3 million from New York City’s Law Department for the tragedy of what happened with their son, Kalief Browder. Browder was an African American man who was accused of stealing a backpack when he was 16 years old. Browder was detained for three years, spending the majority of the time in solitary confinement. Without being tried or convicted, Browder’s charges were eventually dropped. After he was released, Browder took his own life because of the “mental anguish and trauma from his time in jail.”  Read More.

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