Detention Watch Network Applauds End of ICE Contract with Pinal County Jail in Arizona

July 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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July 22, 2014     Contact: Silky Shah, sshah@detentionwatchnetwork.org

  Decision comes after the Immigration Jail was Regarded as one of the Worst in the Country 
After years of outrage at the conditions for immigrants in detention at the Pinal County Jail, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has ended its contract with the county. Since 2005, ICE has used the Pinal County Jail in Florence, Arizona to detain immigrants facing removal in Arizona. In 2012, in response to repeated hunger strikes and protest letters from people detained in the jail, Arizona advocates responded by holding vigils, organizing visitation programs and advocating for the termination of this contract. As recently as June 2014, men detained in the jail began a hunger strike in protest of the conditions.
“ICE’s decision to end its contract with the Pinal County Jail is long overdue. Year after year, since the beginning of this contract, men and women detained in the jail have bravely protested the punitive treatment and inhumane conditions,” said Victoria Lopez, Policy and Advocacy Director at the ACLU of Arizona and author of the 2011 report, In Their Own Words: Enduring Abuse in Arizona Immigration Detention CentersRead more

ACLU & NWIRP sue US Gov’t to provide lawyers for child migrants

July 9, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Dear Lois,

Just this morning here in Seattle, NWIRP and a coalition of partners filed a national class action lawsuit against the federal government challenging its failure to provide legal representation to thousands of children facing deportation proceedings in immigration court.

 

Let me tell you why.

 

Three of our clients – a 10-year-old boy, his 13-year old brother, and 15-year old sister in El Salvador – watched their father be murdered in front of their eyes. The father had been targeted because he and the mother ran Read more

Immigrants Launch Hunger Strike in Texas Detention Center

March 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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by Priscila Mosqueda Published on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at 4:29 CST

Immigrants in a for-profit detention center in Conroe are refusing to eat to protest conditions at the facility. The protests in Texas follow a similar hunger strike that began two weeks ago at a Tacoma, Washington, detention center. Both facilities are owned by scandal-plagued GEO Group, the second-largest private prison company in the world. The protests are part of a wave of hunger strikes that immigrants have started in detention centers across the nation to call attention to what they say is the unjust practice of locking up immigrants and separating families through deportation. Read more

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