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Judge Frees Mom, Toddler from Berks Immigrant Detention Center After 22 Months.

“A video taken a few hours after the decision shows 3-year-old Diego sprinting down the sidewalk in front of the detention center, located in a pocket of rolling green hills in Bern Township, Berks County” Link

Boy Detained 707 Days ‘Did A Little Dance’ When Ordered Released From ICE Custody

“Antonio knew the moment the judge ruled to set him free,” his attorney, Bridget Cambria, told Rewire. “He smiled so big and wide, and then he did a little dance. It was very cute.” Link.

Women Held in Immigrant Center Say They’re Not Safe.

ALDEA attorneys help expose troubling conditions on behalf of families detained at the Berks County Residential Center. Link.

Federal Judge Appalled by Government’s Lengthy Detention of Immigrant Children

Monday morning in a Los Angeles federal courtroom, Judge Dean D. Pregerson became the first judge of any kind (federal, immigration or state) to give a hearing to four Central American children (ages 3, 4, 8 and 16) who have been detained at Berks Family Prison for the past two years. Link.

Inside ICE’s Berks County Residential Center: Pennsylvania’s Controversial Immigrant Family Detention Facility

The varied outcomes for asylum seekers, and the incredible amounts of time they can spend at Berks, is telling about a place critics describe as child immigrant purgatory. It’s the only facility of its kind in the country where parents and children can be held for an indefinite time. Link.

Not a Dollar More for U.S. Customs and Border Protection

President Trump insists that, to make America great again, immigration enforcement spending must be increased. But, apparently, U.S Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are already flush with resources. Just look.

Who is ALDEA PJC? And what do we do?

Aldea PJC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Reading, PA, that protects the rights of underserved immigrant children, families, and other refugees, by providing access to high-quality, pro bono legal representation.

Legal representation is the single most important factor in predicting whether a family will prevail in its immigration proceedings. Without legal representation, a family’s fate is overwhelmingly predetermined—deportation, often within days—regardless of the underlying humanitarian disaster at home. Yet, few families can afford to hire an attorney. That’s where we come in!

Through the support of people like you, ALDEA PJC has been able to establish multiple programs to provide relief to those in need. Here’s just some of what we’ve done this year:

By the end of 2017, ALDEA PJC will have helped over 250 families detained at the Berks County Residential Facility in Leesport, PA, escape the fetters of immigration detention—including four families who had been detained for over eighteen months.

In April 2017, ALDEA PJC filed a class action lawsuit against Jeff Sessions, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and other government entities on behalf of children with Special Immigrant Juvenile status—a form of humanitarian protection for certain abused, neglected, or abandoned undocumented children.

This year we’ve accomplished a lot! In all likelihood, next year will be even busier! Where we go from here is up to you! The continued support of community members like you is essential to ALDEA PJC’s ability to provide relief to those in need, improve social welfare, promote human rights, and empower the community. A lack of funding will decrease the availability of ALDEA PJC’s services, leading to the denial of fairness and equal access to justice for some of the most vulnerable members of our society. Please consider standing with immigrants and give generously.

The Dehumanization of Mothers in Immigration DetentionAldea PJC attorney, Bridget Cambria, explains to Amnesty International USA conference attendees how family immigration detention centers like the Berks County Residential Center in Leesport, PA, further traumatize the asylum-seeking mothers imprisoned there by stripping away their motherhood.Posted by ALDEA - The People's Justice Center on Sunday, November 5, 2017

Who is ALDEA PJC? And what do we do?

Aldea PJC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Reading, PA, that protects the rights of underserved immigrant children, families, and other refugees, by providing access to high-quality, pro bono legal representation.

Legal representation is the single most important factor in predicting whether a family will prevail in its immigration proceedings. Without legal representation, a family’s fate is overwhelmingly predetermined—deportation, often within days—regardless of the underlying humanitarian disaster at home. Yet, few families can afford to hire an attorney. That’s where we come in!

Women Held in Immigrant Center Say They’re Not Safe.

ALDEA attorneys help expose troubling conditions on behalf of families detained at the Berks County Residential Center. Link.

ALDEA PJC Helps Free Mom, Toddler from Berks Immigrant Detention Center After 22 Months.

“A video taken a few hours after the decision shows 3-year-old Diego sprinting down the sidewalk in front of the detention center, located in a pocket of rolling green hills in Bern Township, Berks County” Link

Boy Detained 707 Days ‘Did A Little Dance’ When Ordered Released From ICE Custody

“Antonio knew the moment the judge ruled to set him free,” his ALDEA attorney, Bridget Cambria, told Rewire. “He smiled so big and wide, and then he did a little dance. It was very cute.” Link.

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