Immigrant detention center. Photo by Patrick Feller on Flickr.
20 Aug 2019

With Record Number Of Immigrants In ICE Detention, Class Action Lawsuit Outlines ‘Atrocious Conditions’

A class action lawsuit filed on behalf of 55,000 immigrants alleges ICE is responsible for “atrocious conditions” that amount to torture.

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10 Jul 2019

At ‘Kids In Cages’ Congressional Hearing, Mother And Human Rights Advocates Share Stories Of Cruelty At The Border

Yazmin Juarez, who fled Guatemala and was held in detention at a facility in Dilley, Texas, where her baby contracted a severe respiratory illness that led to her death, testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. The hearing was titled, “Kids In Cages: Inhumane Treatment at the Border,”

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Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen gives the annual state of Homeland Security address at George Washington University in Washington. (DHS photo by Tim D. Godbee/Released)
20 Mar 2019

Supreme Court Maintains Congress Granted Homeland Security Secretary Broad Power To Detain Immigrants Without Bail

Supreme Court ruled Trump administration has broad executive power to detain immigrants with prior convictions and deny bail hearings prior to deportation proceedings.

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"Cages." Photo by Jared Rodriguez / Truthout.
22 Jan 2019

Lawsuit Challenges Prolonged Detention Of Immigrant Children, Targeting Of Relatives For Deportation

Detained immigrant children and relatives sue the US government’ over illegally and improperly denying children the opportunity to reunite with family.

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Inside the booking area of the Northwest Detention Center in Washington. Photo by Seattle Globalist on Flickr.
06 Aug 2018

Judge Certifies Class Action Lawsuit Against GEO Group’s Forced Immigrant Labor In Washington

In a lawsuit alleging systematic wage theft, thousands of detained immigrants at GEO Group’s Northwest Detention Center were certified as a class by a federal judge.

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Protestors gather to show their support for Laura Monterrosa outside T. Don Hutto Residential Center, a private immigrant detention center in Texas. Still from video via Grassroots Leadership: https://vimeo.com/257432808
26 Feb 2018

Prison Contractor Blocks Austin Politician From Visiting Detained Immigrant Who Alleged Sexual Abuse By Guard

An Austin City Council member was denied access to T. Don Hutto Residential Center, where he attempted to visit a woman who reported sexual assault by a guard.

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14 Feb 2018

ICE Put Immigrant Woman, Who Alleged Sexual Abuse, In Solitary To Make Her Recant Claims

An incarcerated immigrant woman, who alleged sexual harassment and assault by a corrections officer, said she was thrown in solitary confinement for 60 hours and was told she would not be released until she publicly recanted her accusations. Laura Monterrosa is a 23 year old immigrant from El Salvador detained

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28 Jan 2018

Unauthorized Disclosure—Episode 2: Operation PUSH, Victory Against Immigrant Detention

This week’s “Unauthorized Disclosure” podcast features two interviews. In our first interview, we talk to Karen Smith, an organizer with the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC).  She is also part of the Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons. She joins the  show to provide an update on Operation PUSH, which is

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Photo from Grassroots Leadership
17 Jan 2018

Immigrant Woman Attempts Suicide At Detention Center After Facing Punishment For Avoiding Guard Who Sexually Abused Her

A twenty-three year-old immigrant woman from El Salvador attempted suicide at a private immigration detention center in Texas after learning she may face punishment for avoiding a guard who sexually abused her and still works at the facility. Laura Monterrosa ingested “51 pain pills that were left in her possession by

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14 Dec 2017

Widespread Detainee Abuse At ICE Prisons Confirmed By Inspector General Report

The inspector general for the Homeland Security Department conducted unannounced inspections of six immigrant detention facilities overseen by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). It uncovered glaring examples of detainee abuse and mistreatment at four of the facilities. Inspections were conducted in response to complaints from immigrant rights groups, as well

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