No Detention in A Sanctuary City!
Philadelphia courts have ruled in favor of a child detention center opening in North Philly. Join us in signing this petition and let VisionQuest know that they are not welcome in Philly!

The Philadelphia courts have sided with VisionQuest stating that allowing them to open their child detention center now will cause “no adverse impact on or jeopardy of health, safety, or welfare of the employees of VisionQuest or the children placed in the shelter.” They have stated this even after multiple employees have come out publicly stating that the North Philadelphia location “Is not safe for us right now….How would it be safe for the kids?”
The profit-driven detention company, VisionQuest, announced plans to detain 60 Central American youth within Philadelphia. With the backing of the courts, an immigrant youth detention center could quickly become a reality in our Sanctuary City. But the fight is not over!


VisionQuest, which stands to reap $5.3 million on this immigrant youth jail contract, has a documented record of abuse going back decades. Between the company’s founding in 1973 and 1991, twelve children died while being held in VisionQuest’s “care.” In 2017, VisionQuest closed its previous youth jail in Philadelphia after staffers punched, choked, and demeaned children being held there. Philadelphia youth subjected to VisionQuest have also reported being held in restraints, having ribs broken, and being burned with an iron. Speaking up in defense of their undocumented peers, these youth leaders have declared VisionQuest unsafe for youth.

We ask that you join us in demanding that Visionquest stop pursuing the opening of their child detention center!

Questioned about such abuses in a public meeting, the company dismissed them as past events and argued that the new immigrant youth jail would “revitalize” the neighborhood and “create jobs” for the community — absurd justifications that community members rejected. These community members prevailed when city officials rejected a new detention-for-profit scheme in our city. Help us keep winning this fight by signing this petition and sharing it with your networks.