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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30 Nov 2017

Cibola Immigration Detention Facility Is Trump Administration’s Model For Isolating Refugees

Christopher, a young Congolese asylum seeker, was detained at the Cibola County Correctional Center, which is a prison in rural New Mexico operated by CoreCivic. He endured health issues, experienced isolation because he doesn’t speak a commonly spoken language, struggled to find a lawyer, and had his asylum application denied

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16 Nov 2017

Woman Held At Private Immigrant Detention Center Alleges Sexual Assault By Guard

An incarcerated immigrant woman alleges guards sexually harassed and assaulted her and other women at a private immigrant detention center in Taylor, Texas, and retaliated against those who spoke out. Twenty-three year old Laura Monterrosa is currently detained at the T. Don Hutto Residential Center, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

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11 Oct 2017

Supreme Court Rules Against Private Prison Corporations’ Push For Secrecy

The Supreme Court ruled against GEO Group and CCA, which sought to block the release of records related to their government contracts.

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14 May 2017

Interview With Azadeh Shahshahani: Georgia Immigrant Detention and the U.S. Deportation Machine

Hosts Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola welcome Azadeh Shahshahani, who is a legal and advocacy director for Project South. She joins the show to talk about a report she worked on called “Imprisoned Justice: Inside Two Georgia Immigrant Detention Centers.” Shahshahani addresses how asylum seekers and immigrants are denied due

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