Calif. girls launch creation of 15,000 butterflies to represent migrant children in U.S. detention

Lily Ellis, 10, stands with homemade butterflies to represent migrant children in U.S. detention facilities. Her goal, along with friend, Kaia Marbin, 11, is to create 15,000. Photo: The Butterfly Effect

Lily Ellis, 10, stands with homemade butterflies to represent migrant children in U.S. detention facilities. Her goal, along with friend, Kaia Marbin, 11, is to create 15,000. Photo: The Butterfly Effect

ALAMEDA, Calif. (KTVU) - Jyothi Marbin and her 11-year-old daughter were listening to the radio this summer when they heard a story about the number of migrant children being detained in U.S. custody.

“How many children did they say mom?” Kaia Marbin asked.

“That’s so many kids,” Kaia said. “We should make something to show how many 15,000 is.”

And that’s how the idea for The Butterfly Effect project was born: To create 15,000 butterflies and display them as works of public art in the Bay Area and perhaps beyond. 

"She was just really struck by that number," said her mom, Jyothi Marbin, a pediatrician at San Francisco General Hospital . . .

Read more by Lisa Fernandez, at KTVU