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Many people are contacting us asking what they can do. We can all do something to help this child and the many other children locked up in detention. Some ways to take action :
- email Minister Bowen , Senator Natasha Griggs and Senator Warren Snowdon, or your local MP (http://aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/Guidelines_for_Contacting_Senators_and_Members) outlining your concerns
- If you live in the NT and have contact with any of these children and have concern for their well being and safety it is required by law that you notify child protection of your concerns - contact 1800700250. The Australian Medical Association says that " Given its arbitrary nature and the prolonged periods of detention being used in Australia, reporting children ( to Child Protection) being held for longer than 3 days is appropriate"
- You may also want to contact the NT Children's commissioner, on 1800259256 or at Email: firstname.lastname@example.org- Write or text the NT news ( or your local paper) making it clear that no child should grow up behind bars when there are alternatives- sign the global petition – at www.endchilddetention.org – calling for an end to immigration detention of children.
- send a message of support and hope to this girl, her friends, and other people in detention. It means a great deal to people to know that their story is being heard and that people in the Australian community care about them.
You can send your message to email@example.com and we will pass it on.
- Don't be silent on this issue. In October 2010, the Federal Government announced it would remove most children out of immigration detention facilities and into the community. In April 2012 the latest figures we have available say that and there are around 440 children in immigration detention facilities or alternative places of detention, many of them here in Darwin.
- Come to show your support at the DAL on this Thursday, the anniversary of the arrival of the first asylum seekers by boat to Australia - welcome then and welcome now. For more information or to help contact Jacinta or Fernanda
A detention facility is no place for a child, let alone a vulnerable child whose life experiences have been shaped by conflict, war or persecution. The Australian Medical Association recently described the detention of children as a form of child abuse. The Government justifies the detention of children on the basis that they are not in detention “centres”, but “facilities” or “alternative places of detention”. But apart from leaving a place of detention to go to school or for very rare supervised family outings, children spend most of their time behind fences. We have to keep the pressure on the Federal Government to move all children out of immigration detention facilities and into the community. Please show this child, and others, that they are not alone.