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New Report via @Grassroots_News and @Just_Strategies on #FamilyDetention

October 8, 2014

New Report from DWN members, Grassroots Leadership and Justice Strategies

For-Profit Family Detention: Meet the Private Prison Corporations Making Millions by Locking Up Refugee Families

GL - Karnes Action A new report, For-Profit Family Detention: Meet the Private Prison Corporations Making Millions by Locking Up Refugee Families, authored by Grassroots Leadership and Justice Strategies details the long history of abuse and misconduct in facilities owned by private prison companies and the need to end family detention now. Excerpt from the report:

The GEO Group and Corrections Corporation of America have exceptionally troubled histories when operating facilities detaining children, immigrants, and families. The unprecedented move to expand immigrant family detention – largely relying on these same for-profit prison corporations – raises many concerns about ICE’s policies related to asylum-seeking families.

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DWN Members Slam ICE Plans to Open New #FamilyDetention Facility in Dilley, TX #theyarechildren

September 24, 2014

(see DWN and member statements below)

children need freedom

Grassroots Leadership action against family detention at T. Don Hutto Detention Center 

Advocates denounce yesterday’s announcement from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as the Obama Administration plans to continue expanding family detention with the opening of what will be the nation’s largest immigrant detention facility in Dilley, Texas.  Member organizations issued the following statements (List in formation: Check back for updates):

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New #ExposeandClose Report Documents Conditions at the #Artesia Detention Facility in NM

September 23, 2014


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CONTACT: Silky Shah

New “Expose and Close” Report Documents Conditions at the Artesia Detention Facility in NM as Family Detentions in the U.S. Skyrocket


Rep. Judy Chu Joins Advocates and Experts Urging President Obama to Immediately Close the Artesia Family Detention Center in New Mexico

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, September 23rd, Detention Watch Network released the findings of their latest “Expose and Close” report on the Artesia Family Residential Center – documenting the conditions facing families currently detained in Artesia, New Mexico.

The report outlines how conditions at the Artesia Family Residential Center, specifically the barriers to legal access, broken asylum process, interference with telephone communications, deficient medical and mental health care, lack of childcare and educational services, and the inadequate conditions for good health and wellness create dangerous conditions that undermine the well being of women and children under U.S. custody.  Moreover, the report documents the dramatic rise in the use of family detention by U.S. officials – skyrocketing more than 1200% in the last 3 months alone.


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Use These Resources to Amplify the Broadcast of “Who is @DayaniCristal?” in Your Community

September 4, 2014

The Sundance award-winning documentary film, Who is Dayani Cristal?, is being broadcast nationwide on Univision on Saturday, September 6th, 2014 and on Fusion September 7 and 8. To support advocates’ work in migrants’ rights and immigration policy, which this film explores, the production team developed a number of social impact tools which available for free for use.

Who is Dayani Cristal?, is an intimate examination of the journey of one migrant who perished in the Arizona desert, far from his native Honduras, with no real identification but a name tattooed over his heart. The documentary was produced by and features Gael Garcia Bernal. The film weaves together real-life attempts to identify the migrant’s body with Bernal’s retracing of the journey he would have most likely taken through the “corridor del muerte” to reach the U.S. with hopes of improving the lives of his family.

Employing a series of digital tools with interactive features, including the ability of migrants to post their own border stories on the project’s website, Who Is Dayani Cristal drives audiences moved by the story to delve deeper into and take action on the issues that drive migrants to brave perilous conditions in order to reach the U.S. The team has already begun having impact with the campaign and tools. We believe you can extend the impact of our tools and that we can further support the movement for humanitarian treatment of migrants and humane policy by offering the tools to you for your own work. Read more…

via @Grassroots_News: Nayely & Sara are free from family detention in Texas!

September 4, 2014

via Bob Libal
10616175_670508516364909_5291718719329528748_nWe are overjoyed to share this breaking news with you. Your calls made a difference! Sara and Nayely Beltran just walked out of the Karnes County family detention center moments ago. They were greeted by their attorney, Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch, and are now on their way to a warm and welcoming community in Austin. Making this news even more joyous is that Nayely has a doctor’s appointment to begin treatment of her brain tumor at Dell Children’s Hospital on Tuesday.

Why was Neyely in detention in the first place?

The Karnes family detention center is where ICE is holding more than 500 women and children from Central America. The reports from inside are not good. Karnes is also run by a private prison company, the GEO Group, which has a long rap sheet of abuse and neglect. GEO makes $160 every day for every woman and child they detain.

Join us!

Grassroots Leadership and Texans United for Families won’t stop until the shameful practice of family detention is ended. Join us at the rally to stop family detention at the Karnes family detention center on October 11. Click here to help make the event a success by donating to Grassroots Leadership, a registered 501(c)(3). All donations are tax-deductible

Sept 2nd – 9th in #Tacoma: Week of Action at the Northwest Detention Center

August 31, 2014

via Maru Mora Villalpando, Latino Advocacy

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Come to the Northwest Detention Center

September 2-9
1623 E J Street
Tacoma, WA
Support Veronica Noriega’s week-long fast and sustained presence at the Northwest Detention Center. Veronica is fasting and staying out side the detention center day and night for the week leading up to her partner Ramon Mendoza Pascual’s deportation hearing on Sept. 9.  Veronica is taking this action to support her husband and the efforts of the detainees inside, and call to an end to the unjust deportation system that separates families and breaks apart communities. Let’s join her!

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California’s First County Public Defender Immigration Representation Project

August 20, 2014

via Raha Jorjani:

Raha Jorjani. Photo by ©Kathy Anderson via ABA Journal

Raha Jorjani. Photo by ©Kathy Anderson via ABA Journal

I write to share with you that as of January 2014, I joined the Alameda County Office of the Public Defender in order to create and direct the first county Public Defender immigration representation project on the west coast and in the State of California.

As part of this project, I am able to represent a limited number of public defender clients in their subsequent removal proceedings. This means that the public defender will not only make appearances in criminal court, but also in immigration court – with a focus on detained cases

Our first such appearance in San Francisco immigration court turned heads! I am excited that this move signals a shift in the way we view indigent defense in California. Our hope is that with the launch of this groundbreaking model, other county public defender offices will develop similar programs and our understanding is that this has already begun to happen.

It was an extremely difficult decision to leave the Immigration Law Clinic of the UC Davis School of Law. One could not ask for more supportive, brilliant, and inspiring colleagues to work with. I am comforted by the fact that I will continue to be able to collaborate with those colleagues in this new position. Read more…