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Declarations of Detainees


Pursuant to the Center's Settlement Agreement in Flores v. Meese, Co-Counsel and representatives may visit any facility housing unaccompanied minors to view the facility, interview staff and take declarations from children.

These declarations are an important tool to monitor the treatment of minors, provide detained children a voice and inform the public of the plight of unaccompanied minors.

If you are an attorney or law student and would be willing to visit facilities housing children in your area, please fill out and submit an interest form.

Declarations from Around the Nation

The following declarations were taken from detention facilities around the nation through site visits permitted under Flores v. Meese. These decalrations provide a first hand look at the daily struggles of unaccompanied minors. All names and identifying information have been removed.

Declaration from a young girl at a California Hotel, September 2003
"The judge said I should not be isolated. Sometimes I get desperate because I have been there (a hotel) two weeks and am all alone."

Declaration from a young boy at a California Hotel, September 2003
"The only time I've been let out of my room (in two weeks) only once since being taken to the hotel"

Declaration from an Arizona Adult Holding Facility, May 2003
"We are all alone in our cells. There is nothing to do except watch television. I have no books, paper, or pencils. I do not go to school. I get one hour of recreation per day."

Declaration from a California Juvenile Detention Center, December 2002
"Once I raised my voice to an official, and I spent four days locked in my room. I was only let out to eat and bathe. At this point I felt very desparate and depressed. I was going to cut my veins just to get someone's attention."

Declaration from a California Juvenile Detention Center, July 2002
"Whenever I try to complain to a staff member, they donít listen because I donít speak English."

Declaration from Texas Juvenile Detention Center, July 2002
"I often eat and have recreation with non-INS delinquent kids in this facility. I donít get any schooling here. I spend most of my time confined to my room."



Gila County Youth Detention Center

Location: 1425 E. South St., Globe, AZ 85501

Type: Secure

Contact: Josephy Eylicio, Detention Unit

Phone#: (928) 425-3231


Southwest Key Casa Grande

Location: Phoenix, AZ 85061

Type: Shelter

Contact: Ivonne Velasquez, Director

Phone#: (602) 242-4773


Cochise County Childrenís Center

Location: City of Phoenix

Type: Shelter

Florence Service Processing Center(SPC)

Location: City of Florence

Type: SPC


Berks Shelter Facility

Location: City of Philadelphia

Type: Shelter


Berks County Youth Center

Location: Philadelphia

Type: Secure


Martin Juvenile Detention Center

Location: Medical Lake

Type: Secure


San Diego Juvenile Hall

Location: City of San Diego

Type: Secure

San Diego California Border Patrol

Location: City of San Diego

Type: Secure


Southwest Key

Location: City of El Cajon

Type: Group

Contact: Ismael Avilez, Program Director

Phone#: (619) 561-8678


Hosanna Ranch

Location: City of San Francisco

Type: Shelter


Marin County Juvenile Hall

Type: Secure


Travelers Aid

Location: City of Chicago

Type: Shelter


Chicago Connections/ Heartland Alliance/TIA

Location: City of Chicago

Type: Shelter

Contact: Ricardo Jonas, Director

Phone#: (773) 764-0526


Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Hall

Location: D.C.

Type: Secure


Liberty County Juvenile Detention Center

Location: City of Houston

Type: Secure


Catholic Charities

Location: Houston

Type: Secure

Contact: Leticia Harmon

Phone#: (713) 874-6529


Southwest Key-UMSCP Casa El Paso

Location: P.O. Box 1708

El Paso, TX 79949

Type: Shelter

Contact: Victor Marin, Director

Phone#: (915) 577-0550


Southwest Key Shelter

Location: 504 East Washington

Brownsville, TX 78520

Type: Shelter

Contact: Celestino Abrego, Exec. Program Dir.

Phone#: (956) 546-0373


International Educational Services

Location: Los Fresnos

Type: Shelter

Contact: Ruben Gallegos

Phone#: (956) 233-5705


La Esperanza

Location: Harlingen

Type: Shelter



Location: 11400 SW137th Ave., Miami, FL 33186

Type: Group

Contact: Lourdes Nieves, Program Admin.

Phone#: (305) 380-0141


Comfort Suites Hotel

Location: City of Miami

Type: Hotel


Krome Service Processing Center

Location: City of Krome

Type: SPC


Northern Oregon Correction Facility JDF

Type: Secure



Georgia Baptist Childrenís Home

Location: City of Meansville

Type: Shelter

Contact: Michael Powell, Program Director

Phone#: (770) 567-8987

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