Medical Issues of Mothers and Children in Family Detention Facilities
An alumnus of Syracuse University College of Law, immigration attorney Christopher Stender has more than 20 years of legal experience in law firms with a presence in San Diego, California. Moreover, Christopher Stender maintains active membership with numerous professional organizations and previously served as a vice president with the Arizona Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
AILA was established in 1946 to support those who teach immigration law and serve those seeking permanent residence in the United States. One of the many immigration-related issues with which AILA concerns itself relates to family detention.
This term refers to the holding of individuals who are in the U.S. without proper certification, which includes a large number of women who have been abused and children who have fled dangerous circumstances in areas such as Guatemala, Honduras, and elsewhere throughout Central America.
Endangered people who are being held in detention centers face a myriad of potential consequences, including the manifestation and substandard treatment of disease, including mental disorders. The AILA website provides many documents on such matters, including a complaint recently filed with the Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties by an organization dedicated to ending family detention. The document underscores the dangers associated with placing traumatized individuals in such facilities, which resemble jails and generally fail to provide the medical resources that such individuals require.