Advocacy groups demand an end to information sharing on detained children

CHILDREN & FAMILIES | The Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Homeland Security are using information from detained children to arrest and deport their families. Advocates have signed a letter demanding an end to the practice. (Richmond Times, 11/28)

Earlier this year, the federal agency tasked with caring for asylum-seeking children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexican border officially took on a new, little heralded role: helping to deport relatives of the young migrants.

“Children are being turned into bait to gather unprecedented amounts of information from immigrant communities,” said Becky Wolozin, an attorney with the Legal Aid Justice Center, which signed the letter. The center is representing immigrant children in a federal case in Virginia that challenges the information-sharing as arbitrary and capricious.

– Martine Gordon, early care and education program officer at the Washington Area Women’s Foundation, writes about her organization’s racial equity journey and encourages other funders to adopt a racial equity or justice lens. (WAWF, 11/27)

– How this doctor of color navigates racism in and outside of the hospital. (YES!Magazine, 11/26)

HEALTHCARE | On 3-2 vote, Arlington officials approve hospital-expansion plan (InsideNOVA, 11/28)

ENVIRONMENT | The DC Council has voted to initially approve the city’s climate bill which would make all energy sold in the city come from renewable sources within the next 15 years. (DCist, 11/27)

WORKFORCE | Bartender Sues, Temporarily Blocking Petition to Repeal the Repeal of Initiative 77 (DCist, 11/27)

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