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Texas Judge Rules Immigration Family Detention Centers Cannot Get Childcare Licenses

Texas Judge Rules Immigration Family Detention Centers Cannot Get Childcare Licenses

A Texas judge issued a final judgment last Friday prohibiting the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) from issuing a childcare license to the nation’s largest family detention center, in Dilley, Texas and invalidating the license currently held by Karnes County Residential Center in Karnes City, Texas. In response, the State of Texas filed […]

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Transfers of Detained Families Traumatizes Mothers and Children and Interferes with Access to Lawyers

Written by on November 24, 2015 in Asylum, Detention, Humanitarian Protection with 0 Comments
Transfers of Detained Families Traumatizes Mothers and Children and Interferes with Access to Lawyers

The government recently began transferring families who have been held in Texas to the Berks County Family Residential Facility in Pennsylvania. Not only have these sudden transfers traumatized many mothers and children, but they are interfering with the families’ access to their lawyers and are jeopardizing their right to a fair process for seeking asylum […]

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Can State Agencies License The Detention of Immigrant Families?

Written by on October 28, 2015 in Detention, Humanitarian Protection with 0 Comments
Can State Agencies License The Detention of Immigrant Families?

In the discussion around family detention, little attention has been paid to the fact that states play an important role in licensing any facilities where children are cared for. That role has come under heightened scrutiny since federal judge Dolly M. Gee ruled in August that, under the long-standing Flores v. Reno settlement agreement, children […]

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Private Prison Company Expands Immigration Reach with $11 Million Contract

Written by on September 23, 2015 in Detention with 0 Comments
Private Prison Company Expands Immigration Reach with $11 Million Contract

Related Content: The Effectiveness of Alternatives to Detention for Asylum Seekers. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently announced a pilot case management program as an alternative to holding mothers and children in detention. The annual $11 million contract was awarded to Geo Care LLC, a subsidiary of the Geo Group—the second largest private prison company in […]

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Five Families Released After Prolonged Detention

Written by on September 9, 2015 in Detention, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Five Families Released After Prolonged Detention

  On Friday evening, just before the Labor Day weekend, the government released five mothers and their five children, ranging in age from three to seventeen years old, from the South Texas Residential Family Detention Facility in Dilley, Texas. These families, who sought refuge in the United States after fleeing violence in El Salvador and […]

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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 Detention, Immigration Courts 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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Members of Congress Report on Texas Family Detention Center Visits

Written by on June 24, 2015 in Detention 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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The Detention of Children and Their Families is Still Unjust and Still Against the Law

Written by on February 13, 2015 in Detention with 1 Comment
The Detention of Children and Their Families is Still Unjust and Still Against the Law

Detaining immigrant children is nothing new. In 1997, the government settled a lawsuit, Flores v. Reno, about the inhumane treatment of immigrant children held in detention. The settlement agreement said officials would follow a set of minimum national standards for the detention, release, and treatment of children subject to immigration detention. That agreement is still […]

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New York Times Exposes ‘Shame of America’s Family Detention Camps’

Written by on February 9, 2015 in Detention with 1 Comment
New York Times Exposes ‘Shame of America’s Family Detention Camps’

The New York Times details the government’s dangerous and expanding practice of detaining women and children who have recently crossed our southwest border in the magazine’s cover story this weekend “The Shame of America’s Family Detention Camps.” The facility the Times describes in Artesia, New Mexico, has since been shuttered, but the newly opened Dilley […]

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