Immediately following the Good Friday service, folks are invited to travel by the church shuttle to the Child Detention Center in Homestead. There we will hold a one hour protest to show our concern about the care of immigrant children housed at the center and the lack of transparency and oversight of the facility.
Homestead is a for-profit detention center currently holding 1700+ children separated from their families. The facility is not overseen by a state child welfare agency because it is on federal property, and some children have been kept for up to nine months, despite the Flores Agreement, which states no child may be kept for more than 20 days.
You are invited to make posters or signs expressing your concern. If you are interested in attending, please contact Pastor Laurie at LaurieH@gablesucc.org for your place on the church shuttle.