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Immigration Detention

Worms for Dinner: Inside a U.S. Immigration Detention Center

Mili Chapado | Posted 08.24.2015 | Impact
Mili Chapado

As an undocumented immigrant, I was familiar with the realities of detention centers, but I never thought I'd find myself in one, even as a visitor. When I was eight, my family and I immigrated to the Miami-metro area from South America.

President Obama: Release Jewish Homeschooling Family Imprisoned in the United States

Christina Fialho | Posted 08.18.2015 | World
Christina Fialho

The Albrecht family's story reads like a Kafka novel, but begins with an e-mail from former Bay Watch actress Alexandra Paul.

Jacob Kerr

LGBT Immigrant Rights Protesters Arrested Near White House | Jacob Kerr | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Six LGBT immigrant rights activists were arrested Tuesday after blocking a street near the White House to protest the Obama administrati...

Words Beyond Walls: Free the Adelanto 4

Christina Fialho | Posted 06.30.2015 | Los Angeles
Christina Fialho

Four men at the 1300-bed Adelanto Immigration Detention Center in California launched the Free the People Campaign today, calling for their release and an end to the inhumane practice of immigration detention.

Sexual Assault: From Central America to the Halls of Family Detention Centers

Pierre R. Berastaín | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Pierre R. Berastaín

The resilience of these women, men and children in fighting to protect their human rights must not go unnoticed. We must continue to challenge the existence of these centers and force the President to acknowledge that detention worsens the trauma migrants have to live with and to recognize that detention is far from a humane response.

Words Beyond Walls: Real Lies and US Immigration Detention

Christina Fialho | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics
Christina Fialho

Ulises H. is in U.S. immigration detention, but he and his family believe he is a U.S. citizen. Currently, Ulises is detained at the Polk County Adult Detention Center, which was deemed one of the worst immigration detention facilities in 2012 by the Detention Watch Network.

Draconian: America's Detention Nightmare

John Tirman | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics
John Tirman

Detention has been widely decried by human-rights advocates for its prison-like conditions and the too-frequent abuses that are visited upon the detained. But the truly horrifying aspect of this system is how it's being used and expanded to detain the mothers and children who have sought asylum in the United States.

GEO Group Whistleblower Exposes First Amendment Violations, Lack of Officer Training, and Poor Conditions at the Adelanto Detention Center

Christina Fialho | Posted 05.19.2015 | Los Angeles
Christina Fialho

A former employee of GEO Group - a corporation that operates the Adelanto Detention Center - claims First Amendment violations, lack of proper training for GEO Group staff, extreme work hours, employee intimidation, and overuse of solitary confinement.

A Plan to Transform the US Immigrant Detention System

Donald Kerwin | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
Donald Kerwin

The U.S. immigrant detention system serves two legitimate purposes, to ensure that persons in removal proceedings appear for their hearings and (if so ordered) can be removed and, in rare cases, to protect the public.

Words Beyond Walls: Detained and Deported

Christina Fialho | Posted 05.01.2015 | Latino Voices
Christina Fialho

Noe Martínez Sandino is the third writer in CIVIC's series of blog posts called "Words Beyond Walls." He was deported earlier this month to Costa Rica. These are his words beyond walls.

Elise Foley

24-Year-Old Detained For Weeks Over Brief Overstay | Elise Foley | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sarah Jane McCrohan, a 24-year-old Australian, says she stayed in the U.S. for about 11 hours longer than she was supposed to, and it's ...

Words Beyond Walls: Dreams of Freedom

Christina Fialho | Posted 05.30.2015 | Arts
Christina Fialho

"Wake me up when I'm in heaven." These are the opening words of M.E.'s poem, which speaks to the challenges of prolonged immigration detention.

Words Beyond Walls: A Mother's Love in Immigration Detention

Christina Fialho | Posted 04.27.2015 | Latino Voices
Christina Fialho

Moises recently celebrated his third birthday behind bars, and Abi will be celebrating her 11th birthday soon. The family has been in U.S. immigration detention for over six months, and there is no end in sight.

Mollie Reilly

Judge Blocks Obama Administration From Detaining Asylum-Seekers As Immigration Deterrent | Mollie Reilly | Posted 02.20.2015 | Politics

U.S. District Judge James Boasberg issued a preliminary injunction Friday blocking the Obama administration from detaining individuals seeking asylum ...

Living Nightmare for Detained Immigrants in Georgia

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 01.23.2015 | Politics
Azadeh Shahshahani

While President Obama's expanded deportation relief is a welcome move -- the truth is that without addressing immigration detention, immigrants will continue to suffer horrifying conditions in detention centers.

Celebrating 25 Years of Children's Rights, From Inside Immigration Detention

Christina Fialho | Posted 01.19.2015 | Impact
Christina Fialho

Even with President Obama's executive action on immigration, families will continue to be separated, detained and deported. We can only hope that on the next significant CRC anniversary, no child in the United States will be a victim of such an inhumane government-sanctioned practice.

It Has to Stop: Warehousing Women and Children is Inhumane

Archi Pyati | Posted 01.13.2015 | Impact
Archi Pyati

These are not family facilities. They are not shelters or temporary transit facilities. These are jails behind barbed wire, heavy security doors, metal detectors and other hallmarks of prison. Women and children locked up inside have been languishing for months. They could be there indefinitely.

Back to the Dark Ages? The Imminent Danger of a Regional Domino Effect in Obama's Hardline Policy for Mothers Fleeing Central America

Galya Ruffer | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics
Galya Ruffer

It is imperative that we stop jailing mothers and children systematically in so-called family detention centers, where they face continued fear and uncertainty instead of safety and succor. It shouldn't be this way.

Jailing Migrant Children Is Immoral and Un-American

Sandra A. Grossman, Esq. | Posted 11.26.2014 | DC
Sandra A. Grossman, Esq.

There is no easy fix to stemming the flow of immigrants across our Southern border. However, detaining these destitute mothers and children with no bond is no solution; it adds to the trauma they have already suffered and violates their basic human rights.

Elise Foley

Immigrant Mothers Face 'Unnecessary Cruelty' At Detention Facility, Lawyer Says | Elise Foley | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Undocumented immigrant mothers and children are kept in excessively cold conditions, given undercooked food and mocked by guards in a de...

In Praise of Mark Krikorian's Honesty: Let the Child Migrants Die

Laura Murray-Tjan | Posted 10.30.2014 | Politics
Laura Murray-Tjan

As political leaders debate whom to blame for the surge of child migrants, most agree on one goal: deporting the children as quickly as possible. Yet few advocates of their removal are willing to state on the record that the children's death is a strong possibility.

Adelanto: Unlimited Prison Possibilities

Christina Fialho | Posted 10.18.2014 | Los Angeles
Christina Fialho

The City of Adelanto, California, greets visitors with a sign, proclaiming it to be a city of "unlimited possibilities." However, when you drive through this small town in the Mojave Desert, it is clear the city is known for only one possibility: incarceration.

First and Foremost, Border-Children Crisis Is a Civil Courts Crisis

Sara Warner | Posted 10.12.2014 | Politics
Sara Warner

When we cut courts funding, the criminal-court side of the system gets first call on resources -- it has all those pesky constitutional guarantees that prevent years of backlog. So civil courts get less and less.

Have We Lost Our Humanity?

Pramila Jayapal | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics
Pramila Jayapal

Here are seven ways President Obama and Congress can help ensure the safety and well-being of the women and children caught at the border, and make our immigration system fairer now and in the future.

Dodging Decarceration: The Shell Game of 'Getting Smart' on Crime

Heather Ann Thompson | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Heather Ann Thompson

It has taken a long time, far too long, but politicians seem finally to have realized how catastrophically expensive it is for the United States to lock up more people than any other country on the planet.