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A record number of children were held in detention in the U.S. in 2019.


 69,550 children were held in detention in 2019, a number higher than any other country. The U.S. has acknowledged detaining children is psychologically harmful, but increased the number of detained children by 42% between just 2018 and 2019. Because the federal government was aware of the risks of family detention when it implemented it, on November 5 a federal judge ordered the government to provide mental health screenings and treatment to families who were separated and are now traumatized. 

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