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ICE’s Transfer of Transgender Women to Remote Detention Facility Raises Grave Concerns

Written by on August 28, 2015 in Detention, Immigration and Customs Enforcement with 0 Comments
ICE’s Transfer of Transgender Women to Remote Detention Facility Raises Grave Concerns

Earlier this summer, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), announced new policies regarding transgender adult detainees in its custody—policies that were intended to provide a “respectful, safe and secure environment for all detainees.” While some of the announced policies were well-received, many advocates identified serious shortcomings, including the continued allowance of solitary confinement and insufficient details […]

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Newly-Released Government Docs Reveal Dangerous Flaws in Immigration Detention Contracting

Written by on August 26, 2015 in Department of Homeland Security, Detention with 0 Comments
Newly-Released Government Docs Reveal Dangerous Flaws in Immigration Detention Contracting

The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) released government documents this month that expose the severe lack of accountability in the immigration detention system. NIJC’s Immigration Detention Transparency and Human Rights Project publicly posted 90 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) contracts and inspections from 2012 after a four-year legal battle to obtain the documents through […]

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Government Ordered to Promptly Release Children From Family Detention

Written by on August 24, 2015 in Courts, Detention with 0 Comments
Government Ordered to Promptly Release Children From Family Detention

In a decision issued Friday, a district court in California ruled yet again that the government is violating a long-standing settlement agreement protecting the rights of children in immigration detention. Advocates for immigrant children went to court in February to argue that the government’s family detention centers violate the Flores v. Reno settlement agreement, which […]

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Government Doubles Down on Locking Up Immigrant Mothers and Children

Written by on August 10, 2015 in Detention with 1 Comment
Government Doubles Down on Locking Up Immigrant Mothers and Children

The government continued to defend its widespread detention of asylum-seeking women and children in documents filed last week in the Flores case. Advocates went to court in February 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 […]

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ICE’s Computerized Detention Decision-Maker Can’t Work Because of Mandatory Detention Laws

ICE’s Computerized Detention Decision-Maker Can’t Work Because of Mandatory Detention Laws

In January 2013, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) implemented the “Risk Classification Assessment” (RCA)—a computerized tool that analyzes evidence and recommends whether to detain or release immigrants facing deportation. Yet ICE still detained 80 percent of its arrestees in FY 2013, in a detention system that remains enormous, and expanded further in 2014 to […]

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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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