Butterflies Symbolize Detained Children

Butterflies Symbolize Detained Children

Alameda recently hosted the first Bay Area display of the youth-led “Butterfly Effect: Migration is Beautiful.” Kaia, Laila, and Alexandra show some of the butterflies that they created as part of a youth-led program to craft 15,000 butterflies to symbolize the plight of 15,000 children the federal government is holding in detention centers along America’s border with Mexico. As of last Tuesday, contributors had created 8,135 butterflies, 54 percent of their goal. The movement chose butterflies because the creatures symbolize that migration is beautiful. Participants imagine a day when all the detained kids are free and with their families.