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Pomona Fairplex Emergency Intake Site Closes As Children Are Reunited with their Family Members

For Immediate Release

October 26, 2021

Contact: Lorena Bourdevaire

213-341-0478; lbcasillas@immdef.org

LOS ANGELES - After more than 8,200 migrant children have been safely reunited with family members or sponsors, the Pomona Fairplex Emergency Intake Site is set to close ahead of schedule on November 19, 2021. Immigrant Defenders Law Center (ImmDef) is pleased to see the site is closing, which signifies that capacity in smaller shelters and foster homes has grown.

The Pomona facility, which opened on May 1st, served children between 5 and 17-years-old and was one of several emergency sites set up around the country to shelter children escaping violence and danger who would have otherwise remained trapped in dangerous conditions in overcrowded Border Patrol facilities.

Immigrant Defenders provided legal education and consultations to the children at the shelter and is thankful for the additional support of our sister organizations CHIRLA and PEOC, among others.

Since the Pomona Fairplex Emergency Intake Site opened, ImmDef’s Detained Youth Empowerment Project team conducted 2,726 legal screenings and 9,334 Know Your Rights Presentations, designed to help educate minors about their right to seek asylum in the United States. The average stay at this EIS location was 17 days.

“ImmDef is grateful for the collaboration between stakeholders, local government, and community partners to welcome immigrant children with dignity at the Pomona Fairplex Emergency Intake Site. ImmDef and our community partners worked closely to hold the administration accountable to ensure that this emergency site was as child-friendly as possible,” said ImmDef’s Directing Attorney Mickey Donovan-Kaloust.

“We are proud to have empowered thousands of children with legal knowledge and access to legal consultations. It is relieving to see that the administration has honored the emergency nature of this site and that it is being closed down in favor of smaller, home-like facilities while children await family