Vigil for Light and Hope at Berks Family Detention Center
Inspired by the Las Posada traditions and many holidays that focus on light in times of darkness, an interfaith event will be held at the Berks Family Detention Center in support of families held in immigration detention and to express the need to shut down the facility.
Pastor Linda Theophilus, of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod, is leading the planning for the event, now tentatively scheduled for 3-5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 6. ELCA Advocacy, including LAMPa, and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) are working to end family immigration detention in the United States. The Shut Down Berks Coalition and Shut Down Berks Interfaith Witness are coalitions working to shut down the Berks Center.
On Oct. 23, a federal judge ordered the Trump administration an attorneys for migrant children in U.S. custody to finalize plans for giving parents the choice to have their children released to a guardian or to remain together in immigration detention. Read more.
To learn more about alternatives to immigration detention, check out these resources from Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service . Read the letter from LIRS in September, calling for children and families to be released together from detention, not separated.
The Berks Family Detention Center is located near Reading, at 1040 Berks Rd, Leesport, PA 19533-8700. Berks County has a contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to hold children and their parents in prison conditions.
For more information or to participate in planning, please contact Rev. Linda Theophilus (firstname.lastname@example.org)