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KELLY: I gather that there’s one case that has stuck with you a mom who came from South America with her 4 year old son, and the little boy was placed in custody while she was sent to adult detention.

NAGDA: He was. He didn’t speak Spanish. He spoke a different language. He was being well cared for, but he was really struggling. He was having trouble sleeping. He lost his appetite. He was really starting to regress developmentally. And we, fortunately, had a child advocate who Canada Goose Jackets spoke that little boy’s language, and she worked really hard to get him weekly calls with his mother. She’d never expected to be taken from her son, and she herself was struggling in debating giving up her claim for asylum.

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