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Brief • April 25, 2017
Lopez-Valenzuela v. Arpaio, AZ, Order, No Bail for Undocumented Immigrants, 2015 Case: 11-16487, 12/03/2015, ID: 9778457, DktEntry: 124, Page 1 of 19 FILED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT ANGEL LOPEZ-VALENZUELA; ISAAC CASTRO-ARMENTA, Plaintiffs - Appellants, DEC 03 2015 MOLLY C. DWYER, CLERK U.S. COURT OF APPEALS ...
Immigration Detention Company Splurges on Lobbying Under Trump by Erin Rosa by Erin Rosa One of the country’s largest immigration jailers and private prison companies spent $420,000 lobbying the Justice Department and federal lawmakers during the first three months of 2017, more than half of what they spent last year ...
Article • April 13, 2017
Prison Rape Elimination Act Finally Extended to ICE Detention Facilities, But Not to Private or County Jails by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna Ten years after the federal government passed the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), which applied to Bureau of Prison (BOP) facilities, the Justice Department by rule has ...
Article • April 13, 2017
California District Court Certifies Immigration Detainee Phone Access Class Action by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna The United States District Court for the Northern District of California has certified for class action status a lawsuit by various immigration detainees against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs ...
Publication • April 10, 2017
Filed under: Immigration
All-in-One Guide to Defeating ICE Hold Requests, 2012 THE ALL-IN-ONE GUIDE TO DEFEATING ICE HOLD REQUESTS ( a.k.a. Immigration Detainers ) Credits & Acknowledgements Author: Lena Graber, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild Editors: Ann Benson, Washington Defenders Association, Angela Junck, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Paromita Shah, National ...
Fee Award in Arizona Prison Healthcare Suit Helps Fund Legal Services for Immigrant Detainees, ACLU by Joe Watson by Joe Watson A law firm that helped represent Arizona prisoners pro bono in a lawsuit against the state’s Department of Corrections (ADC) over substandard medical treatment is using the attorneys’ fees ...
Article • April 3, 2017 • from PLN April, 2017
Ignorance, Bureaucracy and Red Tape: U.S. Citizens Mistakenly Deported by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis According to Bryan Cox, a spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), “claims of U.S. citizenship of individuals encountered by ICE officers, agents, and attorneys are immediately and carefully investigated and analyzed.” However, the United ...
HRDC Supports Lawsuit Against Jailing of Immigrant Children by The Human Rights Defense Center (HRDC), the parent organization of Prison Legal News, has joined a friend-of-the-court brief in a lawsuit challenging the federal government’s practice of holding young, immigrant children in prison-like facilities for indefinite periods of time. In an ...
Article • March 28, 2017
Filed under: Immigration
In Tijuana, Mexicans Deported by U.S. Struggle to Find ‘Home’ by Sam Quinones Obama is reining in deportations, but for many in the border city it’s too late. by Sam Quinones, National Geographic photography by Eros Hoagland TIJUANA, Mexico—On the U.S. side of the border, an immigration officer unlocked a padlock on ...
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 ...
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