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Why I Left The Convent 30 Years Ago But Am Walking 100 Miles To See Pope Francis Today

Juana Flores | Posted 08.29.2015 | Religion
Juana Flores

More than 30 years ago, I was tasked with preparing Pope John Paul II's meals during his visit to Oaxaca, Mexico, where I lived in a convent. This year I will join with 100 women to walk 100 miles to greet Pope Francis when he arrives in Washington, D.C.

250 Immigrant Children Given Overdose Of Hep A Vaccine At Texas Detention Center

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 07.10.2015 | Crime

The South Texas Family Residential Center administered an adult dosage of the hepatitis A vaccine to nearly 250 immigrant children last week. While th...

Roque Planas

Bed Quota Fuels 'Inhumane' And 'Unnecessary' Immigrant Detention: Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Roque Planas | Posted 04.15.2015 | Latino Voices

The private prison industry’s growing role in immigrant detention is due in part to Congress' requiring the federal government to maintain some 34,0...

Girls in Justice

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Why are so many girls, especially girls of color, confined in our nation's detention facilities, and what are we as a society going to do about it? We must all work tirelessly to give hope and a fair chance to these girls and all children by promoting policies, programs, and supports that help them and their families, especially those most at risk.

L.A.'s Shockingly Archaic Treatment Of Its Juvenile Offenders

Jacqueline Caster | Posted 04.20.2015 | Los Angeles
Jacqueline Caster

L.A. has long maintained an image in America as a progressive, cutting-edge, and trend-setting environment. So it should come as a huge shock that regarding the treatment of children in the juvenile justice system - Los Angeles may be the most backward major metropolitan area in the nation.

People With Felonies, Criminal Records and Gang Affiliation Are Our Friends and Family

Abraham Paulos | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics
Abraham Paulos

President Obama's recent speech fits a historic and racist framework through which we can describe the exclusion and banishment of people with felonies who are detained and deported. Even while some parents of citizens will be eligible for relief, parents with felonies and their families will remain vulnerable.

Legal Issues Aren't The Biggest Problem Facing Young People Crossing The Mexico-U.S. Border -- It's PTSD

The Huffington Post | Elena Kaufman | Posted 11.20.2014 | Impact

With much of the border crisis conversation in recent years focusing on the legal situation surrounding children flooding the Mexico-U.S. border, one ...

Loving Couples Forced to Make Impossible Choices

National Council of La Raza | Posted 11.04.2014 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

Too many American citizens are having their families torn apart without hope for a better future.

Border Children Need Immediate Cooperation

Save the Children | Posted 09.30.2014 | Impact
Save the Children

These are not criminals. They are innocent children caught up in a situation beyond their control. Regardless of why and how they came, they are here now -- and they deserve to be treated with humanity.

Legal Groups Sue ICE Claiming Retaliation For Hunger Strikes

AP | GENE JOHNSON | Posted 04.04.2014 | Latino Voices

SEATTLE (AP) — Two legal groups are suing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, saying it is retaliating against immigrant hunger strikers at a ...

Chris Kirkham

How Corporations Are Cashing In On The Worldwide Immigration Crackdown

HuffingtonPost.com | Chris Kirkham | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

Nearly a decade ago, Australian authorities discovered major problems inside detention centers run by a private, for-profit company entrusted with imm...

Comprehensive Immigration Bill Does Nothing For Our Families

Abraham Paulos | Posted 11.10.2013 | Politics
Abraham Paulos

Standing on the tears, hearts, and hopes of our families, we want reform with justice, not a bargain with politicians that promises provisional status in exchange for a police state that exploits the detention and destruction of our families.

Immigrant Kids Thrown In Adult Prisons For Months: Report

The Huffington Post | Posted 06.05.2013 | Latino Voices

More than 1,300 immigrant minors were held for periods of three days or more in adult detention centers from 2008 to 2012, according to data released ...

Yelp Reviews Local Prisons

The Huffington Post | Erin Ruberry | Posted 04.30.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- "Only 3 basic cable channels and no nets for the basketball hoops are the least of the problems here. But the staff is decent..." Yel...

With Immigration Reform Looming, Private Prisons Lobby to Keep Migrants Behind Bars (Updated)

Laura Carlsen | Posted 05.05.2013 | Politics
Laura Carlsen

Common-sense immigration reform has the multibillion-dollar private prison industry shaking in its boots. Its lobbyists are actively targeting members of congressional budget and appropriations committees to not only maintain, but increase incarceration of migrants.

Making Progress in Protecting Immigrants From Sexual Abuse and Assault

Michelle Brané | Posted 02.10.2013 | Politics
Michelle Brané

Once the regulations are finalized, implementation of the standards will be critical. New regulations are useless if they are not taken seriously. DHS cannot delay in ensuring that all its contracts include full compliance with the standards.

169 Guards, One Prisoner

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 10.12.2012 | World

You would think the prisoner was Hannibal Lecter on steroids. A staggering 169 officers are being paid to guard one inmate at the Grünau detention ce...

By the Numbers: America's Growing For-Profit Detention Industry

Posted 06.21.2012 | Business

By Suevon Lee, ProPublica.The growth of the private detention industry has long been a subject of scrutiny. A recent eight-part series in the New Orle...

Putting People Before Politicians

María Rodriguez | Posted 08.11.2012 | Miami
María Rodriguez

We are often told that Republicans don't care about immigrants or working people. They only care about the 1 percent. Democrats, on the other hand, truly want what is best for both. If that is the case, then these are strange times in South Florida.

Firelight Is Another Inspiring Movie

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 06.20.2012 | TV
Jackie K. Cooper

Once again we get a Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation that has a wonderful true story, a cast that is stronger than most, and an impact that leaves the audience feeling uplifted.

Elise Foley

Immigrant Detention TOO Nice, House Republicans Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 03.29.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- To some Republicans in Congress, U.S. immigration detention facilities sound like resorts. That was the premise of a hearing Wednesd...

New Immigration Detention Center Look Less Like Prison

AP | By WILL WEISSERT | Posted 03.14.2012 | Latino Voices

KARNES CITY, Texas -- With free Internet access, cheap overseas phone calls, private bathrooms and no lights-out policy, the new immigration detention...

Elise Foley

Undocumented Immigrant Released From Detention, Pushing For Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 01.01.2012 | Politics

After protests across the country pressed Immigration and Customs Enforcement to free Shamir Ali, the 25-year-old Bangladeshi immigrant was released b...

Let's Not Give up on Immigration Detention Reform Quite Yet

Michelle Brané | Posted 12.09.2011 | Latino Voices
Michelle Brané

But this is the wrong approach. The reality is that change is hard. It comes in ebbs and flows, and some days it does seem that we are wasting our time. But we cannot forget that we have made some very important accomplishments, even if there is a long way to go.

Elise Foley

Backlogs Climb In Immigration Courts

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 08.08.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Immigration courts are too slow to keep up with the high number of undocumented immigrants detected by enforcement agencies, despite a n...