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Publication • March 21, 2017
HRDC letter in support of CA SB29 re immigrant detention - March 2017 Human Rights Defense Center DEDICATED TO PROTECTING HUMAN RIGHTS March 21, 2017 The Honorable Senator Ricardo Lara State Capitol, Room 5050 Sacramento, CA 95814 RE: Support for SB 29 – Immigrant Detention Dear Senator Lara: The Human ...
Article • March 10, 2017 • from PLN March, 2017
Despite Lack of State License, ICE Family Detention Center Continues Operating by In 2015, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (PDHS) issued a statement saying it “believes that the current use of the Berks County Residential Center (BCRC) as a family residential center is inconsistent with its current license as ...
Publication • March 10, 2017
Amicus brief filed in Flores v United States 2017 Case: 17-55208, 03/10/2017, ID: 10352719, DktEntry: 17, Page 1 of 32 No. 17-55208 IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT JENNY LISETTE FLORES, et al., Plaintiffs-Appellees-Appellees, v. JEFFERSON B. SESSIONS III, ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES, ...
New York Counties, Corizon Reach $1.85 Million Settlement in Detainee’s Death by Two New York counties agreed to pay $1.85 million to settle a lawsuit over the July 2011 death of detainee Irene Bamenga while she was under the care of private medical contractor Corizon Health. Bamenga, a French citizen, ...
ICE Bans Crayons in Family Detention Center Visiting Area by Prisoners who cause property damage in correctional facilities often receive swift punishment. It was no different for the very young prisoners held in one of the United States’ most controversial detention centers. Housed with their immigrant mothers in the GEO ...
Krome Detention Center has Long History of Detainee Abuse by David Reutter Immigration reform was a recurring theme in the recent presidential election. The national debate has focused on what should be done with the millions of undocumented immigrants who reside in the United States, but as events at the ...
ICE Deportations Peaked in FY 2012, Declined from 2013 to 2015 by Derek Gilna Despite the fact that the Obama administration has deported more people than any other president in U.S. history, in 2015 the number of deportations conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reached a low not seen ...
Article • January 10, 2017 • from PLN January, 2017
“Natural Causes Killed Victor: A Death in Solitary,” a folk opera by George Swanson (DVD, 55 minutes) by Lance Tapley Written by George Swanson, a folksinger and Episcopal priest, this unusual folk opera tells how Victor Valdez, a sickly, working-class immigrant from the Dominican Republic, died in 2009 in solitary ...
New Report Says ICE Inspection Problems Perpetuate Prisoner Abuse by Derek Gilna The National Immigrant Justice Center and the Detention Watch Network recently released a joint report sharply critical of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency and its oversight methods, terming them "fundamentally unchanged and unreformed.  The ICE detention ...
Reports Show Immigration Facility Inspectors Overlook Serious Rights Violations by Derek Gilna Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) inspectors are entrusted with ensuring that facilities used to house vulnerable detainees are following strict guidelines for their operation.  However, an October 2015 report by two independent prisoner-rights groups, "Lives in Peril – ...
Publication • December 16, 2016
Joint letter to DHS Secretary re protecting the safety of immigration detainees - Dec. 2016 December 16, 2016 The Honorable Jeh Johnson Secretary U.S. Department of Homeland Security Washington, D.C. 20528 Re: Final requests to protect the safety and health of immigration detainees Dear Secretary Johnson: On behalf of the ...
“This Man Will Almost Certainly Die” by Dozens of men have died in disturbing circumstances in privatized, immigrant-only prisons. The Bureau of Prisons itself says there’s a problem. And yet the privatization scheme continues. by Seth Freed Wessler, The Nation Where Claudio Fagardo-Saucedo grew up, on the colonial streets of ...
Are French Prisons Radicalizing Muslim Prisoners? by Joe Watson The demographics inside French prisons have become a hot-button issue in the aftermath of eleven terrorist attacks that have occurred in France since January 2015. At least six individuals involved in those attacks are believed to have been inducted into radical ...
Private Prison in Texas Closes after Riot Renders it Uninhabitable by Matthew Clarke On February 20, 2015, an uprising occurred at the Willacy County Correctional Center (WCCC), a private prison located in Raymondville, Texas that was operated by Utah-based Management and Training Corporation (MTC). The facility primarily housed criminal immigrant ...
From the Editor by Paul Wright The 2016 elections are only a few weeks old and many people seem surprised that Donald Trump was elected president. What this means for prisoners at this point is a bit early to say, more so when juxtaposed against what might have happened had ...
Publication • November 28, 2016
Filed under: International, Immigration
Wrong Turn - Escondido Checkpoints and Impound Practices Examined, ACLU, 2012 Wrong Turn Escondido’s Checkpoints and Impound Practices Examined Written by Cynthia Buiza and Homayra Yusufi, with invaluable investigative information provided by John Carlos Frey. Published March 13, 2012. WRONG TURN: Escondido’s Checkpoints and Impound Practices Examined Executive Summary Checkpoints ...
Report: CCA, GEO Group Make Millions Off Criminalizing Immigrants by Despite the compassionate tone on immigration during the presidential campaign, the federal government continues to prosecute and incarcerate undocumented immigrants not for violent or property offenses_ but simply for entering the United States. A September 2012 report from Austin, Texas-based ...
Article • November 15, 2016
ICE Criticized by GAO for Inconsistent Compliance with Confinement Standards by Derek Gilna Since 9/11 and the creation of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE),  deportations in the United States have skyrocketed to over 400,000 a year. Although that number has finally started ...
Article • November 8, 2016 • from PLN November, 2016
Local Jails Increasingly Refuse to Comply with ICE Detainers by Joe Watson Hundreds of municipalities across the country – including major cities such as Los Angeles and others with large populations of immigrants – are refusing to honor requests from federal officials to hold undocumented immigrants in jail for possible ...
Full Senate Report on CIA Torture Remains Classified, Largely Unread by Matthew Clarke “I want to be absolutely clear with our people and the world. The United States does not torture” – George W. Bush On December 9, 2014, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a heavily-redacted, 525-page executive summary of ...
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