Do you want to do something to help the children at the border? Here’s your chance.
Hundreds of sworn declarations have been filed from children (and parents on behalf of their children) in the class action lawsuit, Flores v. Barr. Flores is a class action lawsuit first brought in 1985 to end the mistreatment of immigrant children. Unfortunately, because of the continuing abuse and neglect of children in federal custody (some experts categorize it as torture), the case remains active to this day.
There is tremendous pain in these children’s stories and we ask that you gently embrace their stories with humility, openness, and respect, and find a way within your talents, gifts, and calling to share their words with the universe in the hope that the truth will ensure that these practices end so that these children will suffer no more. It might be a poem, a song, a sermon, a rally, a billboard. Only you will know. Please answer the call to amplify their voices and elevate the truth.
Below are pdfs of declarations filed in the Flores case since 2017 detailing the abuses committed against these children by the US government and federal contractors. All of these declarations have been redacted to protect the privacy of the child.
Suggested project ideas
Organize readings of the children’s stories at public events (arts, community, rallies, etc.)
Produce a theatrical performance based on the children’s stories or integrating their words into the script.
Rent a billboard and place a children’s quote describing their abuse.
Recording yourself reading quotes from the declarations and post on social media.
Create an art installation conveying the children’s quotes and experiences (go here to see an example, “Uncaged Art: Tornillo Children’s Detention Camp,” at the University of Texas at El Paso’s Centennial Museum).
Make quote cards and share on your platforms.
Create postcards to send to your members of Congress (start with this template!).
Shine the children’s quotes on high profile locations.
Write op-eds that quote the children and tell their stories.
Call in to radio shows and quote from the children’s declarations.
Produce videos, movies, documentaries that include these children’s quotes and tell their stories.
Ask celebrities and other public figures and influencers you know to read excerpts from the children’s declarations and post them on social media and/or at high profile events.
Take out newspaper ads with excerpts from the declarations.
Sponsor TV commercials with quotes from the declarations.
Publish “small books” (published within weeks) comprised largely of excerpts from the children’s declarations.
Embrace these children’s stories with gentleness and kindness and convey them with the respect and dignity that each of these children deserve.
If you generate any profit from your activity, please promise that you will donate the profit to one of the reputable nonprofit agencies working tirelessly to helping these children and their families. A recommended list is below, but there are many others.
Tell us what you are doing, when, and where, so that we can promote it on our website so that at the very least, these children and their families will always know that as soon as the American public found out what was being done to them, good and decent people like you publicly stood up and spoke truth to power in an effort to end the torture, abuse, neglect of children by the US government and to change the course of history. Please share your work on social media and tag #ProjectAmplify so we can share it to reach an even larger audience.
Register your event
Thank you for your commitment to take action to amplify these children’s voices. Please complete this form to register your event.
Before you start, please make sure you have created a Facebook event page (if you’re not on Facebook, any website will do). For Facebook events, please name your event “Amplify the Children: Event Name, City, State”. This will help us share your event and help others find your local event.
Once the form is completed, we will review the information and contact you with any questions.
PLEASE BRIEFLY DESCRIBE THE EVENT*
WEBSITE/FACEBOOK PAGE EVENT URL*
SPECIFIC EVENT LOCATION*
In using these children’s sworn declarations, please promise to do the following:*
(1) Embrace these children’s stories with gentleness and kindness and convey them with the respect and dignity that each of these children deserve.
(2) If you generate any profit from your activity, please promise that you will donate the profit to one of the reputable nonprofit agencies working tirelessly to helping these children and their families.
Here is a recommended list, but there are many others:
• American Civil Liberties Union (Ms. L Counsel)
• Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law (Flores Lead Counsel)
• Children's Rights
• Innovation Law Lab
• KIND (Kids in Need of Defense)
• National Center for Youth Law (Flores Co-Counsel)
• Project Amplify
• Safe Passage Project
• RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services
• Women’s Refugee Commission
• Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights
(3)Keep us informed about what you are doing, when, and where, so that we can promote it on our website so that at the very least, these children and their families will always know that as soon as the American public found out what was being done to them, good and decent people like you publicly stood up and spoke truth to power in an effort to end the torture, abuse, neglect of children by the US government and to change the course of history.
This is a crowdsourced campaign, which means that anyone can register an event to amplify these children’s voices. They are all independently organized and each organizer will decide where to donate any funds raised. We have simply provided easy access to the children’s declarations, provided a platform for these events to be listed, and made a listing of amplification events submitted to us online or that we found through Internet searches.
To follow is a list of events in chronological order.