Amnesty International (A.I.) is working on a comprehensive report on human rights in the United States, inclusive of prisons, jails, and immigration detention centers. The primary purpose of this report is to document where there is systemic violation of human rights.
This is intended to be a documentary report with policy recommendations for the governmental agencies. It is anticipated that the final report will be issued by the end of 1999. A.I. is not able to do litigation research or provide representation for individual cases.
Areas covered by the prison, jail and immigration portion of this report may include the following: verbal/physical brutality or sexual assault (by both correctional staff and prisoners); use of restraints, electro-shock equipment and gas/chemical sprays; facility overcrowding; race, sexual orientation, nationality or language barriers as a factor in implementing policy; treatment of children/families (including location of incarceration limiting contact with family); holding children in adult facilities; adequacy and cost of health care services.
This list is not meant to be all inclusive. Suggestions for other areas are welcome.
This project seeks to document instances of human rights abuses and how they fit within a systematic pattern. We seek documentation of human rights violations and court cases in relation to these issues (particularly those cases in which decisions are not published). Do not mail original copies or other documents and materials which cannot be replaced.
The mailing address is Amnesty International; Attention: AIUSA C. Doyle; 322 8th Avenue; New York, NY 10001.
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