Detention

Insider Speaks Out Alongside Formerly Detained Mothers Seeking Protection in the U.S.

Written by on July 30, 2015 in Detention with 0 Comments
Insider Speaks Out Alongside Formerly Detained Mothers Seeking Protection in the U.S.

At a congressional briefing held earlier this week, Dr. Olivia López spoke out about her experiences as a former social worker at the Karnes family detention center alongside formerly detained mothers, advocates and members of Congress. Dr. López felt compelled to resign from her position in April after her employer, GEO Group, Inc. (GEO), a private prison […]

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Judge’s Order in Flores Should Signal the End of Family Detention

Written by on July 27, 2015 in Children, Courts, Detention, Family with 0 Comments
Judge’s Order in Flores Should Signal the End of Family Detention

A federal judge issued an order in the Flores case that should go a long way to ending the government’s practice of detaining children and their mothers in unlicensed, secure facilities in Dilley and Karnes, Texas. Since the summer of 2014, the government has detained thousands of women and children fleeing violence in Central America. […]

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Evidence Shows Asylum Seekers Appear for Court with Alternatives to Detention and Legal Assistance

Evidence Shows Asylum Seekers Appear for Court with Alternatives to Detention and Legal Assistance

When thousands of Central American families fled violence to the United States last year, the Administration responded by opening family detention centers, which are detaining mothers and children as their asylum-based claims work through the court system. Family detention has since led to complaints of psychological harm, suicide attempts, protests and hunger strikes by detainees, […]

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New Memo on Detained Transgender Immigrants Does Not Go Far Enough

New Memo on Detained Transgender Immigrants Does Not Go Far Enough

U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) will shift its policies regarding transgender adult detainees in its custody according to a memo released last week. While the changes seem positive, they still fall short according to LGBTI and immigration advocates.

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Members of Congress Report on Texas Family Detention Center Visits

Written by on June 24, 2015 in Detention, Family with 1 Comment
Members of Congress Report on Texas Family Detention Center Visits

Earlier this week, eight Democratic House Members took a trip to Dilley and Karnes, Texas to visit two immigrant family detention facilities and meet with women and children detained there. Dozens of women demonstrated during the visit, using sheets and pillow cases to make their statements. One five-year-old boy held up the message, “I am […]

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Immigrants Kept for Days in Border Patrol’s Bedless Holding Cells

Immigrants Kept for Days in Border Patrol’s Bedless Holding Cells

Every day, over a thousand individuals are held in Border Patrol detention facilities near the U.S. southern border. These facilities are notorious for freezing cold temperatures, overcrowded conditions and lack of any bedding or beds. In addition, they routinely lack adequate food, water, and medical care. The reality is that these facilities are not designed […]

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Calls to End Family Detention Come From Capitol Hill

Written by on June 2, 2015 in Detention with 1 Comment
Calls to End Family Detention Come From Capitol Hill

Over the past year, the Obama Administration has rapidly propped up family detention facilities as a knee-jerk response to the influx of women and children who crossed our southern border last summer. The families fleeing violence and persecution have been apprehended, detained in poor conditions, and rapidly processed through immigration hearings with little due process. […]

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Court Reportedly Set to Order End to Detention of Children in Unlicensed Family Facilities

Written by on May 14, 2015 in Courts, Detention with 1 Comment
Court Reportedly Set to Order End to Detention of Children in Unlicensed Family Facilities

In February, advocates went to court to argue that the government’s family detention centers violate the long-standing Flores v. Reno settlement agreement, which set minimum standards for the detention, release and treatment of children subject to immigration detention. In response, government attorneys claimed that the Flores settlement should not apply to children in family detention. […]

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Two Moms Spend Mother’s Day Traveling to Immigration Family Detention Center

Written by on May 13, 2015 in Detention with 0 Comments
Two Moms Spend Mother’s Day Traveling to Immigration Family Detention Center

By Karen Lucas, Legislative Associate at the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and Beth Werlin, Policy Director at the American Immigration Council. On Mother’s Day morning, we said goodbye to our own children in order to visit with some other moms—courageous Central American moms fleeing persecution and detained with their children in south Texas. The facility we […]

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Reports: Detention Doesn’t Deter Migrants and Refugees From Coming to United States

Written by on May 8, 2015 in Asylum and Refugee, Detention with 0 Comments
Reports: Detention Doesn’t Deter Migrants and Refugees From Coming to United States

In 2009, the Obama Administration ended family detention at the infamous T. Don Hutto jail in Texas and cut the number of immigrants in family detention to less than a hundred. However, after the surge of Central American migrants last summer, the Administration reinstituted the appalling practice of family detention, with plans to detain 2,760 […]

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