I'm going to try and use my quiet voice here. Let's not kid ourselves - there are data on what detaining kids like this can do to them. There are studies. Here are just some of them. (1/N)
"Detained children were found to be experiencing mental and physical health difficulties of recent onset, which appeared to be related to the detention experience."
"All adults and children met diagnostic criteria for at least one current psychiatric disorder with 26 disorders identified among 14 adults, and 52 disorders among 20 children"
"The data from all sources converge in demonstrating that prolonged detention has adverse mental health and psychosocial impacts on adults, families and children"
"Ten studies were identified. All reported high levels of mental health problems in detainees. Anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder were commonly reported, as were self-harm and suicidal ideation. "
"Detention appears to be a frightening experience of deprivation that leaves children feeling criminalized and helpless. Family separation further shatters children's sense of well-being."
"Very high levels of psychopathology were found in child and adult asylum seekers. Much was attributable to traumatic experiences in detention and, for children, the impact of indefinite detention on their caregivers."
"More than a quarter of refugee children had significant psychological disturbance—greater than in both control groups and three times the national average."
"...Australian and international research which demonstrates that immigration detention has harmful health, mental health and developmental consequences for children and negative impacts on parenting."
"The available evidence suggests this practice is associated with high levels of psychological distress, anxiety, affective and posttraumatic stress disorder, and deliberate self-harm."
"There is growing evidence that salient postmigration stress facing asylum seekers adds to the effect of previous trauma in creating risk of ongoing posttraumatic stress disorder and other psychiatric symptoms."
"The post-migration detention of Afghan asylum seekers in Japan was independently related to their worsened mental health."
Which is depressing in itself.
A few notes before I go.This is not obviously a full systematic review. I'm sure I've missed studies