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C.M, Age 16, Pima County Juvenile Detention Center, Tuscon, Arizona

C.M, Age 16, Pima County Juvenile Detention Center, Tuscon, Arizona

“My dad died 6 years ago. I miss him. They shot him 18 times. He was in the Mexican mafia.”

A and E, ages 18 and 16, Postville, Iowa

A and E, ages 18 and 16, Postville, Iowa

“On the day of raid everyone was running, running from the plant, running from immigration. One of them shouted, ‘You can run, you can hide, but we will find you and pull you up by your hair.’ We all thought we were going to be killed, so we threw the knives under the table so they couldn’t use them against us.”

H, age 14, Office of Refugee Resettlement, Lemon Grove Facility, San Diego, CA

H, age 14, Office of Refugee Resettlement, Lemon Grove Facility, San Diego, CA

“I’m from Guatemala. My mom is in San Rafael, she doesn’t know that I’m here. I was living with my grandmother for 8 years.”

S, age 15, Lemon Grove Facility, San Diego, CA

S, age 15, Lemon Grove Facility, San Diego, CA

“I am from Guatemala. I was picked up near the border and brought in a van to the shelter. Only a few kids can stay here, the rest of us will be deported unless our family can come for us.”

B.M, age 16, Burnaby Youth Custody Services Center, British Columbia, Canada

B.M, age 16, Burnaby Youth Custody Services Center, British Columbia, Canada

“I got punched by another kid. I was cheaped. I’ve been punched before so I didn’t press any charges. I have no family. I get visited by the Aboriginal Protection and Safety Organization and the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome people.”

T.L, age 16, Burnaby Youth Custody Services Center, British Columbia, Canada

T.L, age 16, Burnaby Youth Custody Services Center, British Columbia, Canada

“I got into a lot of trouble; running away, drinking, drugs, robbing people, fighting. I will serve ten months in and then five months out. I did these tattoos on my hand with india ink at home. I want to be a tattoo artist.”

D.L, age 14, Sycamore Canyon Academy, Tucson, AZ

D.L, age 14, Sycamore Canyon Academy, Tucson, AZ

“I’ve been here for two weeks and I like school here. I like to learn. I spent two months in detention, the food was bad, I spent a lot of there in my cell there and lots of time in shackles outside.”

H.M, age 15, Caldwell Southwest Idaho Juvenile Detention Center, ID

H.M, age 15, Caldwell Southwest Idaho Juvenile Detention Center, ID

“I’ve been here for a week, I am in a observation cell, I don’t read. I was supposed to go home today I thought but my Aunt didn’t come… I don’t know.”

N, age 12, Douglas County Youth Services, Lawrence, KS

N, age 12, Douglas County Youth Services, Lawrence, KS

“I get all As in school. I’ve been here a week, but I’ve been here before. I got in a fight in school, he was making fun of my mom. My mom and I live with my grandpa, she doesn’t work.”

C.C, age 16, Hale Ho'omalu Juvenile Hall, Honolulu, Hawaii

C.C, age 16, Hale Ho’omalu Juvenile Hall, Honolulu, Hawaii

“I’m under a court order to stay away from the other kids. I was adopted and I’ve been in foster care for 11 years. Lunch was junk.”